New M&P Bodyguard 380 – First Impressions

Bodyguard 380

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.

M&P Bodyguard 380

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.

If you need a carry rig for these new guns, check out the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 Holster Guide over at

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

3 replies on “New M&P Bodyguard 380 – First Impressions”

This is what I wish they would have done originally. Hopefully now C/T or Viridian will get a GOOD laser for this great pocket pistol. I love the lockback when empty, factory steel guide rod, stainless slide, restrike capability and better sights. For those not wanting a big carry gun because you don’t chase trouble but want a little more security than nothing, these are great pocket pistols. Probably will get my third-just didn’t like the integrated lasers on the other two. Yeah I know its only a 380 but that’s done a lot of people in!

I first bought the original bodyguard. Loved the feel and function of the gun but hated the bulky laser. Also, the laser screw was notorious about coming unscrewed and locking up the slide. I ended up trading it off. Once S&W put out the M&P bodyguard, without the laser, I bought it right away. Love this little gun. I have owned the Taurus TCP (good little gun as well), the Ruger lcp (did not care for it), and a Keltec (Ok after a little fluff and buff). The Bodyguard is by far the best of them all.

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