New Bodyguard 380 Pistols Without Thumb Safety

Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380 without thumb safety

Smith & Wesson will introduce a pair of new Bodyguard 380 pistols without thumb safeties at the SHOT Show next month according to two sources. One of the guns will have a Crimson Trace laser, while the second will not have any laser.

Ever since they were introduced, many in the Smith & Wesson camp have decried the inclusion of the thumb safety. While there are some people that absolutely insist on having a thumb safety on their pistol, there is another group of shooters who won’t buy a gun (or at least a double action only pistol) with one installed.


Smith & Wesson Model 22A Discontinued

Model 22A discontinued

Smith & Wesson discontinued the Model 22A line from its catalog, and has no public plans to reintroduce it at a later date.

Last year rumors began to circulate that Smith & Wesson was dropping the rimfire pistol from the company’s line up, but the gun remained on its site and in its catalog. I have since been able to confirm with a company spokesperson that the gun is now officially history.


S&W Shield with Green Laser

Smith & Wesson Shield Crimson Trace Green 10141

Smith & Wesson will be selling a new Shield package with a green laser in 2015. The new SKUs will cover both the 9mm and .40 S&W versions of the pistol.

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.

Here’s what we know…


Smith & Wesson Carbon Fiber M&P Pistols

Smith and Wesson M&P Carbon Fiber

Smith & Wesson appears to now be making M&P pistols with a carbon fiber finish.

Although the company has not made an official statement yet, it appears that four M&P pistols will feature the carbon fiber treatment: the full size 9mm and .40 S&W plus the compact 9mm and .40 S&W.

Here’s what we know so far…


Smith & Wesson Acquires Battenfeld Technologies

Smith & Wesson Logo

In a $130.5 million deal, Smith & Wesson Holdings is acquiring shooting accessory company Battenfeld Technologies according to a press release issued this morning. This move will give S&W a huge foot in the accessory market, an area that they have not strongly pursued in the past.

Missouri-based Battenfeld Technologies owns a number of popular brands including:

  • Caldwell
  • Tipton
  • Wheeler Engineering
  • Frankford Arsenal
  • Bog-Pod
  • Golden Rod
  • Lockdown
  • Non-Typical Wildlife Accessories

These companies cover a wide range of firearms accessories including gunsmithing, reloading, cleaning, storage and more.

But, what does this mean for Smith & Wesson…