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.
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
|magazine capacity||6 rounds|
|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.