Smith & Wesson's M&P Bodyguards

A longtime fan of the Smith & Wesson M&P series, author Denis Prisbrey reviewed a pair of new additions to its current lineup for the fall 2014 issue of POCKET PISTOLS. Prisbrey’s roundup included examinations of the M&P Bodyguard 38 and M&P Bodyguard 380 models with integral Crimson Trace aiming lasers, as well as the M&P Shield and the M&P Compact designs.

“Based on the new-for-2014 laserless semi-auto Bodyguard .380 pistol, the new Crimson Trace model features an integrated laser sight. The polymer-framed pistol retains the stainless steel barrel, dark stainless slide, black steel drift-adjustable sights and manual safety,” noted Prisbrey. “Not significantly larger than many .25 ACP autos, the flat Bodyguard 380 is a near perfect size for all but the tiniest pocket, and still retains recoil levels easily manageable by most shooters. This diminutive double-action-only (DAO) pistol is extremely safe to carry and cannot be cocked for either carry or shooting.”

Moving to the Bodyguard 38 wheelgun, Prisbrey noted how the design maintained many of the classic Smith & Wesson J-Frame elements while being lightened for the M&P line.

“The Bodyguard 38 easily handles a wide range of popular .38 Special loads, and it’s fully rated for +P pressures if you don’t mind the increased recoil levels in this 14.36-ounce package. Another feature of this innovative revolver is the ambidextrous cylinder release, moved from the left side on S&W’s traditional designs on up to the top, where it’s equally accessible to either hand,” said Prisbrey. “Offering the same firepower in the same size as the company’s long-running classic J-Frames, but without the weight of either the steel or alloy versions, the Bodyguard 38 with Crimson Trace laser is state-of-the-art in small personal-protection revolvers.”

To read the full article, check out the fall 2014 issue of POCKET PISTOLS, available on September 30, 2014. To purchase or subscribe, go to

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