Just Announced: New Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 Pistol

Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380

Smith & Wesson just released information on the new M&P Bodyguard 380 pistol.  According to the company, the new pistol combines the characteristics of the M&P line with the features of the existing Bodyguard 380 pistols.

Features of the M&P Bodyguard 380

  • second-strike capability
  • thumb safety
  • stainless steel, adjustable sights
  • 11.85 ounces (unloaded)
  • ships with two magazines

The gun appears to be very similar to the original Bodyguard 380, with the biggest difference being the lack of integral laser.  While the built-in laser is a desired feature by many, some people do not want a laser aiming device.  Many police departments do not allow the use of a laser on a handgun, which precluded this gun’s use as a backup gun for many in law enforcement.

Bodyguard Compared

The two Bodyguard 380 pistols compared: the original is on the left, the new M&P version is on the right.

The Los Angeles Police Department approved the use of the Bodyguard 380, but only if the laser was rendered inoperable by an armorer.  I’ve had multiple law enforcement members e-mail me asking if Smith & Wesson made a Bodyguard 380 without a laser.  Now I can say yes.

MSRP is $379.  In recent years, Smith & Wesson has only announced a product when they have been ready for production.  It would appear to be true in this case, as the gun is already listed on the company’s website with a “buy now” option.

Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 Specifications

caliber.380 ACP
magazine capacity6 rounds
barrel length2.75"
overall length5.25"
weight (unloaded)11.85 oz

We will certainly have more information on these pistols, and all of the new Smith & Wesson guns, from the SHOT Show.

Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380

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  1. Doesn’t Smith and Wesson already make this?


    (BTW, S&W: Update your URL’s. It’s 2014, its time for your website to be readable by humans).

  2. I’d rather the new Remington 51 or if I wanted a .380, the Glock 42

    • That new Remington 51 does look interesting. I look forward to shooting one.

    • The Bodyguard is shorter by .69 inches, and is lighter by almost 4 oz. than the Glock. Size and weight are very important to me when it comes to a pocket pistol. I like the Bodyguard as a true pocket pistol, but I’m sure the Glock would probably be more fun to shoot. Besides I want the manual safety on the Bodyguard, and I know I’ll catch heck for that opinion. LOL

    • Glock 42 is junk go check out hickok 45 website he will tell you the same thing. He is a T&E man who test all firearms.

  3. The MA firearms roster just specifies Bodyguard… I’m guessing the m&p bodyguard is Ok to own in MA???

  4. Pmedic605 says:

    Finally! No Lazer!

  5. Jimmy Mac says:

    Like Will Smith said in Independence Day: “I have got to get me one of these!”. Will S&W make the M&P Bodyguard available during or right after the Shot Show as they did the Shield when it came out?

  6. Is the trigger the same terrible one that’s in the original bodyguard? That was why I got rid of my old one, if they make a smoother trigger I’ll be interested in giving them my business again

    • Fla Catman says:

      My wife bought the BG 380 with the laser when they first came out. She likes the weight, or lack of weight since she does not usually wear a belt, and has even gotten used to the trigger pull. However, this particular BG 380 has been back to S&W three times already, mostly for slide jams and FTFire.

      She wants to hear from other users about reliability (and usability!) of the newer M&P 380 before trading in.

      • I’ve got one for T&E now. About 200 rounds through it so far without any problems. The trigger feels the same as the original.

        • John James says:

          I just got one as well. I am wondering about a ‘perfect fit’ concealed carry holster.
          Any thoughts? Thanks, John.

          • If you want it in a pocket, I LOVE the Recluse TS Solo. It’s got a rectangular “shield” on the outside so it looks like a wallet (zero gun-identifiable printing) from outside. It’s easy to draw without accidentally pulling the wallet, and has full trigger guard protection.

      • Mine has over 550 rds thru it never a problem, goes bang every time i pull the trigger no failure to fire or eject i use range ammo by scorpion for practice still shoots it good.

  7. panfisher says:

    Just bought a new 2014 M&P BG380. The slide & barrel are extremely hard to rack or (pull back). Anyone else have this problem and a remedy ?

    • One thing that hinders a lot of folks in racking the slide is essentially only using the weak hand to supply the force. Instead of holding the pistol immobile with your strong hand and racking only with your weak hand, use an over-the-slide grip so your weak-side thumb is on the near side of the slide at the butt of the gun, then push both arms/hands together. Note you may need to turn your body a bit strongside if you’re on a range, so the muzzle is directly downrange.

      Hope this helps.

  8. I just spoke with I believe his name was Eric from S&W today. I was asking about the M&P .380 Bodyguard. Some sites were saying it had a higher weight. not noticeable, but more. The new M&P now has a stainless steel barrel. I saw this on their site. I asked Eric about the thumb safety or lack of one. He said one can be ordered if it wasn’t wanted. I guess my gun shop was unaware of this like so many others that don’t like the thumb safety and wouldn’t want it. Now you know you can get it without.


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