At Media Day, I had a chance to shoot several of the Smith & Wesson handguns that have been introduced for 2014. Among them was the new M&P Bodyguard. I have shot the original Bodyguard, and wanted to know how different the two pistols are. The answer: not much.
The new Bodyguard 380 does not have an integral laser. This is an important aspect to the new gun as (1) some people do not want/need a laser and (2) for law enforcement officers, many agencies prohibit the use of a laser aiming device on a gun.
But many people want to know – how does it shoot?
If you have shot the original Bodyguard 380, this one will feel nearly identical. It has a very long trigger pull, that starts light, but then gets heavier toward the end. I am able to shoot the gun accurately, but I don’t like the trigger. I much prefer the trigger on a Glock, M&P pistol or even the SD series of budget guns from Smith & Wesson. Your tastes may vary.
The gun shot well for us on the range, and I saw no failures of any kind with the pistol. I’d want to give this gun a lot more shooting before determining it was good to go, but my initial impression was positive.