Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38 Revolver and .380 Automatic

The BODYGUARD 380 semi-automatic pistol and BODYGUARD 38 revolver have…

The BODYGUARD 380 semi-automatic pistol and BODYGUARD 38 revolver have been designed in conjunction with Insight Technology(R), a leader in the laser optics field, to offer consumers a new and uniquely engineered, lightweight, self-defense firearm with built-in laser sights.

BODYGUARD 380 Pistol
bodyguard380_109380_rCompact, sleek and ergonomic, the BODYGUARD 380 delivers personal protection in an easy-to-carry platform. Chambered for .380 ACP, the lightweight pistol features a high-strength polymer frame with a black, Melonite(R) coated stainless steel slide and barrel. The new BODYGUARD 380 is standard with a 2 3/4-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 5 1/4-inches and an unloaded weight of only 11.85 ounces.
bodyguard380_109380_l The new pistol features a double-action fire control system, which allows for rapid second-strike capability. The BODYGUARD 380 has been further enhanced with a smooth trigger pull. Adding to its simplicity, the BODYGUARD 380 is standard with a manual thumb safety and an external take down lever and slide stop. On the lower portion of the frame, the pistol has been fitted with an integral INSIGHT laser, which is easily operated by both left and right-handed shooters. With its slim-line ergonomic grip, the pistol is comfortable in the hand and points naturally. To help aid in quick sight acquisition when the laser is not in use, the pistol includes black, Melonite-coated, stainless steel, drift adjustable dovetail sights. The BODYGUARD 380 is standard with a 6+1 magazine capacity.

BODYGUARD 38 Revolver
bodyguard38_103038_l1Chambered in .38 S&W Special +P, the BODYGUARD 38 continues Smith & Wesson’s line of reliable small-frame self-defense revolvers. The BODYGUARD 38 delivers the optimal combination of accuracy and simplicity. With its lightweight design, the BODYGUARD 38 allows for discreet carry and its hammerless design provides a snag-free presentation. The five-shot revolver features a short 1.9-inch barrel, which contributes to a compact overall length of 6.6 inches.

Weighing in at 14.3 ounces, the BODYGUARD 38 features a one-piece aluminum alloy upper frame along with a steel reinforced polymer lower frame. The barrel and cylinder on the revolver are both stainless steel. The stainless steel cylinder is coated with a durable, non-reflective, matte black PVD finish for long term carrying and low light presentation. Designed to accommodate both left and right-handed shooters, the revolver features an easily manipulated ambidextrous cylinder release on the top of the frame. The revolver is further enhanced with an ergonomic one-piece rubber grip and a smooth trigger pull.

On the right side of the frame, the revolver has been fitted with an integral INSIGHT laser, allowing precise shot placement in low light conditions. For fast target acquisition when the laser is not in use, the revolver sports a notch-style rear sight and a pinned black blade front sight. The BODYGUARD 38, with its double-action only design, can be easily concealed for discreet carry.

At the core of the new BODYGUARD line of firearms is the capability of the INSIGHT laser. Allowing for optimal accuracy, both the BODYGUARD 380 and 38 are fitted with a red laser sight produced in conjunction with Insight Technology. A world leader in the design, development and manufacture of tactical lasers, Insight Technology designed the integrated laser system to perfectly mate with the new pistol and revolver. Accurate, durable and easily adjusted, the integral laser provides shooters with added confidence by enabling quick sight acquisition under low light conditions.

The integrated laser sighting system enables faster target acquisition for shooters of all experience levels. By working closely together and designing the firearm and laser sight system to be integral, Smith & Wesson and Insight Technology have achieved a value positioning that allows more firearm customers to afford laser sighting system technology.

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  • Desarae

    I couldn’t wait to get this because it was small enough for concealed carry, and my Glock 26 was just too big. But now after taking it to range a couple times it started misfiring my last trip. After about 70 rounds it started misfiring. Then it stopped shooting altogether. The slide wasn’t going back all the way, & wouldn’t even lock back. Took it home, tried field stripping it, still wouldn’t lock open. I looked online & saw that many ppl have had problems with the laser cover/ screw coming loose and preventing the slide from going back all the way, but I can’t get the takedown lever to come out so I can take slide off to inspect and fix. So I am going to have to take gun to gunsmith to get fixed. Since I bought this used from a gun store S&W won’t let me send it back to them for repair. I am former Army, a single mom, & partially disabled. I need something reliable and cannot have a weapon that I cannot rely on. This one just seems to be having too many problems.

  • Arkansas cop

    BG .380/ Could not wait to get it and now I can’t wait to get rid of it. Took it to the range and after three rounds of hollow point, it failed to fire. Fourth round I just heard that disheartening “click”. Ejected that round and fired one round and then heard that “click” again. This time difficulty pulling the slide back to make the weapon safe. Reloaded and fired another round and then heard the “click” again. This time the slide jammed forward WITH A HOT ROUND IN THE BARREL. Have to pay a gunsmith to make the weapon safe so that I can send it back to Smith and Wesson.Good thing I shot it before my life depended on it as a back-up weapon on the street.

  • Here’s a link to a new video on a low-tec do-it-yourself aiming aid 4 fast, automatic, and accurate aiming at close quarters. It looks to be a very good match for the S&W Automatic.

    The aiming aid is patented, but individuals are welcome to add one to their personal gun/s at their own risk and expense. I have the patent, so I can say that. US 6023874


    John Veit

  • Tom

    What a HUNK OF JUNK. Brand new and it fired 10 shots of standard velocity Factory .38 ammo and it locked up. Trigger works but cylender does not go around. I have shot S&W, all models for 45 years. Why disgard a great sustem for a cheap new action. Very disapointed and wife would have been dead if she tried to use it and it FAILED as it did. Don’t care about Plus P ammo as the fireball would roast marshmellows and night blind the shooter but you don’t have to worry about that as the gun broke in 10 shots. It is going back to the factory and she is going back to her 35 year old S&W that does work.

  • Scott

    Just purchased the.38 bodyguard and ran it through the range. I was pleased with the tight grouping I could achive 7 to 10 yards. The J handle jumps slightly. I Adjusted my grip and it seemed to work fine. Being left handed, I found no problem activating the laser sight. The Trigger action is ok but It would be better for me to reduce thr trigger pull. What is the lbs. per sq. ft. on the trigger from the factory?

  • Texashoot

    The Bodyguard 380 is a sweet little concealed carry. It fits perfectly into a pocket. Lightweight and six rounds go hand in hand. Shot about 200 rounds through it this first week. Laser works great. Trigger pull is a little stiffer than I like. My S&W M&P 9mm is easier on the pull. I give it two thumbs up. Mine was $462 at B&S Guns in Garland, TX. They sold out the day they got ’em.