Picking up Smith & Wesson’s new .380 ACP Bodyguard might just give you déjà vu, but as you reach for the INSIGHT® laser button on the front of the frame, it isn’t there. S&W’s Bodyguard for 2014 is nearly identical to the first release, sans integrated laser.
The S&W Bodyguard .380 semi-auto utilizes a hammer-fired, Browning tilting barrel design in double-action only. Controls are the same: a left-side safety, slide stop, takedown lever and magazine release. It also holds six rounds and has an extremely long and heavy trigger pull—9 pounds, 10 ounces. However, S&W added fish-scale style serrations on the slide making it easier to grasp and MCR-coated stainless steel slide and barrel. You will see these same features on all the popular M&P series of handguns. Smith and Wesson have dubbed this particular Bodyguard the M&P BG380.
The sights on the Bodyguard have also remained the same—stainless steel drift adjustable front and rear that are clear and adequate. From a distance of seven yards, groups are consistent and accurate. S&W includes two magazines .380 Bodyguard; one fits flush and one with finger grooves. The high-strength polymer frame and ergonomic grip allows the shooter to get a full three finger secure grip around the gun. The Bodyguard comes with a lifetime service policy. We reviewed the S&W Bodyguard when it was first released, read about it in “Smith and Wesson’s Bodyguard .380– Tiny Gun, Huge Value.”
Specifications and Features
- Caliber: .380 ACP
- Barrel: 2.75”
- Capacity: 6 rounds
- Action: double-action only (hammer-fired)
- Sights: drift adjustable front and rear
- Overall length: 5.25”
- Weight: 12 ounces
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