Smith & Wesson announced a revision to the Bodyguard 38 revolver and Bodyguard 380 pistol. Â The new guns have eliminated the Insight Technology laser and have replaced them with integral units from Crimson Trace. Â The new guns will be branded with the M&P logo, and are now included as members of that line of handguns.
I have seenÂ numerous complaints about the laser aiming devices in the original Bodyguard handguns. Â 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. Â 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. Â The gun company offers CT grips on many of their handguns already.
â€œThrough 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,â€ said James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson. â€œCreated 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. Â The revolver carries a suggested retail of $539. Â The 380 without a laser will still be offered, and it will continue to retail for $379 – the cheapest of the bunch.
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