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Don't forget this one, the newest Bodyguard .38:
I occasionally carry a Smith and Wesson Airweight Bodyguard, now known as the Model 38. It's similar to the 649 and 438 conchokid mentions, but I would say it differs slightly from the 642 as the 642 is double-action only, while the ugly hump of the 38 and its variants allows thumb-cocking for single-action use, as the hump is a hammer shroud.
As some can see, it's an older model with the flat latch. My feelings on revolvers of this size are that they're for those who practice regularly, at least in dry fire. It's accurate enough, as I've shot pepper poppers at 15 yds. with it, but it's just as easy to miss with these, too. The small grips, short sight radius, and double-action trigger make high accuracy more difficult to obtain than from a larger revolver. Then there's the recoil that conchokid mentioned. You really have to be up on your technique with these.
Were I looking for a small pocked pistol, I'd look at a Kahr 9mm. Longer sight radius, better trigger, and easier to reload. But that's just me.
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