SHOT 2014 — The New S&W Bodyguard .380 ACP

Picture shows the new S&W .380 ACP Bodyguard pistol.

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.

Picture shows the new S&W .380 ACP Bodyguard pistol.
S&W’s Bodyguard for 2014 is nearly identical to the first release, sans integrated laser.

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.”

Picture shows the back and side of the S&W Bodyguard pistol.
Notice the M&P fish-scale style slide serrations.

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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Comments (4)

  1. I have the the BG380 with the laser and like it very much. Sure you aren’t usually gonna have time to turn on the laser in a self defense situation, but it is fun at the range. Anyhow, I’m glad they are giving people the choice. The long DA trigger pull is there for safety, so you won’t shoot your leg off digging it out of your pocket if the safety happens to be off. The trigger takes some getting used to at the range, but I promise in a stressful situation, you will never notice the extra pull.

  2. This gun is worthless with the current trigger. This is the only gun I own (38 so far) that I’ve put away never to be shot again as that long trigger pull makes it impractical to use in a crisis situation. It order to make it work properly you need to buy a $100 short pull trigger part then get a gunsmith to put it on. Its stupid to put another $200 into a $350 gun. The laser was crap. One slight wrong turn with the allen wrench and the laser is history. My two cents….

  3. I think that it is good to have a choice for a laser or not. I love my factory laser on my Ruger but I am out mostly at night.

  4. Getting rid of the laser is a good idea. I never use the laser on mine. I love this gun for the very nice grip and mini Novak sights. I can hit the plates at my range from 20 yards with those sights. This gun is a winner that just got better.

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