Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380
Smith & Wesson has added a new version of the Bodyguard .380 for 2014 in the M&P series, combining popular M&P characteristics with existing Bodyguard features without the integral laser from the original Bodyguard design. The new M&P version is a uniquely engineered, lightweight self-defense pistol that is compact, sleek and ergonomic. The M&P pistol benefits from new fish-scale serrations on the rear of the slide for ease of use. The new model comes with two 6-round magazines (finger groove and flat buttplate). Chambered for .380 ACP, the lightweight DAO subcompact pistol features a high-strength polymer frame with a black Maximum Corrosion Resistant (MCR) coated stainless steel slide and barrel. The new M&P model is standard with a 2.75-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 5.25 inches and an unloaded weight of only 12 ounces. The M&P Bodyguard 380 is furnished without a laser sight and is instead standard with stainless steel, drift-adjustable sights. Additional standard features include a rapid second-strike capability, an ergonomic grip, external takedown lever and slide stop, and a manual thumb safety.
- SKU: 109381
- Model: BODYGUARD 380
- Caliber: .380 Auto
- Capacity: 6+1 Rounds
- Barrel Length: 2.75″ / 7.0 cm
- Frame Size: Frame Size: Compact
- Action: Double Action Only (Hammer Fired)
- Front Sight: Stainless Steel Drift Adjustable
- Rear Sight: Stainless Steel Drift Adjustable
- Grip: Polymer
- Overall Length: 5.25″ / 13.3 cm
- Weight: 12 oz / 340.2 g
- Frame Material: Polymer
- Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
- Slide Material: Stainless Steel
- Finish: Matte Black
- Purpose: Personal Protection, Professional / Duty
For more information on the Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380, visit smith-wesson.com or call 800-331-0852.
Smith & Wesson Performance Center 686
The new Smith & Wesson Performance Center 686 is a classic, time-tested revolver with popular self-defense features made possible by the master gunsmiths in the famed Smith & Wesson Performance Center. Manufactured as a high-end personal-protection revolver, the Performance Center 686 is a seven-shot .357 Magnum revolver with a 2.5-inch barrel that features an un-fluted stainless steel cylinder. The revolver has a stainless steel frame, custom wood grips, adjustable rear sights and a red ramp front sight. With an overall length of 7.5 inches and an unloaded weight of 34.6 ounces, this seven-shot revolver is easily concealed until needed. The Performance Center 686 also features a glass bead finish, a chrome trigger with a stop, a chrome teardrop hammer, a precision crowned barrel, a cylinder cut for moon clips, and a Performance Center hand-tuned action.
- Model: 686
- Caliber: .357 Magnum / .38 S&W Special
- Capacity: 7 Rounds
- Action: Single/Double Action
- Barrel Length: 2.5” (6.4 cm)
- Front Sight: Red Ramp
- Rear Sight: Adjustable
- Grip: Custom Wood
- Weight: 34.6 oz. (980.9 g)
- Overall Length: 7.5” (19.1 cm)
- Frame Material: Stainless Steel
- Cylinder Material: Stainless Steel
- Finish: Glass Bead
- Purpose: Protection
For more information on the Smith & Wesson Performance Center 686, visit smith-wesson.com or call 800-331-0852.
Springfield XDS-9 4.0
When it comes to concealed carry, size truly matters, and what usually have to be sacrificed are capacity, handling, accuracy and caliber. Aside from capacity, the XDS-45 and XDS-9 give up none of these and actually offer some features rarely found in this category. All XDS semi-autos have not one but two external safety mechanisms: Springfield’s Ultra Safety Assurance (USA) toggle trigger combined with a secondary 1911-type grip safety. Another advantage is that XDS models will discharge a chambered round with the magazine removed. These are all pluses, and with the addition of the 4.0 you gain a longer sight radius and increased muzzle velocity with a barrel that is 0.7 inches longer without significantly increasing weight (just 2 ounces more). Maintaining the same short grip as the 3.3 models, the design of the subcompact 4.0 semi-autos is about more than size reduction. It is about building a pistol strong enough to handle modern personal defense and law enforcement ammunition, yet remain both controllable and accurate, two of the most commonly compromised features in scaling down large-caliber pistols.
While maintaining a reasonable 7+1 capacity, the XDS-9 4.0 offer excellent weight and balance and reduced felt recoil, with less muzzle rise than one might expect from a lightweight, short-barreled handgun. The 4.0 is more manageable and quicker to get back on target, quicker in fact than many larger and heavier 9mm subcompacts. All XDS models use a striker-fired system, which Springfield Armory has fine-tuned to reduce trigger take-up and provide a short reset. Including engaging the blade trigger safety, there is about 0.5 inches of travel, and the trigger pull remains crisp and consistent with every shot requiring a nominal 6.8 pounds on average.
- Caliber: 9mm
- Capacity: 7+1 rds, 9+1 rds w/X-Tension
- Weight: 25 oz. w/Empty Mag
- Length: 7″
- Height: 4.4″
- Grip Width: .9″
- Barrel: 4.0″ steel, Melonite, Fully Supported Ramp
- Slide: Forged Steel
- Frame: Polymer
- Sights: Fiber Optic Front and Dovetail Rear (Steel)
- Trigger Pull: 5.5 to 7.7 pounds
- Magazines: 1 Stainless Steel Flush Fitting & 1 Full Size w/XD-S Gear Mag X-Tension
For more information on the Springfield XDS-9 4.0, visit springfield-armory.com or call 800-680-6866.
Taurus 85 View
Pardon the pun, but one of the advantages of this innovative, ultra-compact .38 Special revolver is very clear—you can see through it! Although based on the earlier Taurus Model 85, the View is smaller with a re-contoured grip, a scant 1.41-inch barrel (steel barrel inside a titanium shroud), and a polycarbonate side plate on the right side of the frame revealing all of the internal works. It used to be this was what would be done for display guns, but Taurus wanted to give owners something unique and interesting. It isn’t often we see exactly how a revolver functions, and with the View you can see almost all the moving parts in action.
Taurus has tested the design by putting 2,500 rounds through it, and the polycarbonate side plate stands up to use the same as the rest of the aluminum alloy frame. As a pocket pistol, the View has some impressive stats: a length of 5 inches, a height of 3.5 inches and a width with cylinder of just 1.35 inches. The gun weighs a mere 9 ounces empty, and with the uniquely shaped and canted grip and shaved hammer is less likely to print through a pocket than any other .38 revolver ever made. The five-round cylinder and barrel shroud, which has an integral front sight, are made from titanium. And despite its remarkably compact size, the gun is easy to handle with a double-action-only (DAO) trigger and short, stainless steel ejector rod designed to dislodge even stubborn spent cases. For more information, visit taurususa.com or call 800-327-3776.
- Model: 85VTA
- Finish: Colored Aluminum
- Status: Available
- Caliber: .38 Special
- UPC: 7-25327-61132-5
- Capacity: 5
- Weight: 9 oz
- Barrel Length: 1.41”
- Height: 3.5”
- Frame: Small
- Width: 1.35″
- Front Sight: Fixed
- Length: 5.67”
- Order #: 2-850019
For more information on the Taurus 85 View, visit taurususa.com or call 800-327-3776.
To learn more about these brand new compact and subcompact handguns for 2014, please visit the following websites:
- colt.com (Model 1911 Wiley Clapp Special Edition)
- coltsmfg.com (Mustang XSP First Edition)
- smith-wesson.com (Bodyguard 380)
- smith-wesson.com (Performance Center 686)