Smith & Wesson announced a revision to the Bodyguard 38 revolver and Bodyguard 380 pistol. The new guns have eliminated the Insight Technology laser and have replaced them with integral units from Crimson Trace. The new guns will be branded with the M&P logo, and are now included as members of that line of handguns.
I have seen numerous complaints about the laser aiming devices in the original Bodyguard handguns. In fact, if you take a look at this review of the original Bodyguard 380, you can see several complaints about the laser in the comment section.
There is no official word on why Smith & Wesson made a move to Crimson Trace for these guns. If the company had a large number of returns based solely on the existing laser modules, it would make sense for the company to seek a new supplier.
Smith & Wesson already had a long standing relationship with Crimson Trace. The gun company offers CT grips on many of their handguns already.
“Through our partnership with Crimson Trace, consumers will benefit from a superior laser sighting system that is expertly integrated with our semi-automatic M&P BODYGUARD 380 pistols and our M&P BODYGUARD 38 revolvers,” said James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson. “Created using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques, these new M&P BODYGUARD firearms provide consumers with two exceptional choices when seeking dependability in personal protection.”
MSRP runs $449 for the pistol with the new CT laser. The revolver carries a suggested retail of $539. The 380 without a laser will still be offered, and it will continue to retail for $379 – the cheapest of the bunch.