S&W Revamps Bodyguard Line


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.

Bodyguard 38 crimson trace

“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.

Don’t miss the guide to S&W Bodyguard holsters right here.

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5 replies on “S&W Revamps Bodyguard Line”

I wonder if an old Bodyguard 380 with an Insight laser can be retrofitted with an integrated Crimson Trace?

They say they do fit but will not upgrade to the CT if the insight fails. Seems odd to send the customer the unit they KNOW to be inferior when they have a good one available.

I was ask to send my insight laser to S&W. Been about six weeks. Hope to see a proper replacement. The one I sent in worked. It was the buttons on the side that seems to failed the laser. HOWEVER, they wanted me to send the laser.
$400.00 shot unless a good replacement is sent to me.

Insight makes the sights for the military..eotec…or what ever. Look up insight to see it is a much larger company than crimson trace. This must be such a small item they left smith in the dust.

[…] It appears that the company will begin offering a package that includes the Crimson Trace LG-489G Laserguard as a standard feature. Smith & Wesson has worked with Crimson Trace in the past, including on the recent overhaul of the Bodyguard line of guns. […]

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