The Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard .38 Special Revolver is 5-round capacity weapon with an integrated laser sight that shoots +P ammunition.
It is 6.6 inches (16.8 cm) long, and has a 1.9 inch (4.8 cm) barrel. The complete unit weighs 14.4 ounces (407 grams).
The barrel is made of Stainless Steel, the cylinder is of Stainless Steel with PVD Coating and the frame material is made of Aluminum alloy.
The Bodyguard .38 Special comes in a matte black finish.
The Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard .38 Special is a ‘double action’ or ‘concealed hammer’ revolver, meaning that there is no mechanism to cock – when the trigger is pulled, the striker is pulled back and released in one single motion internally. The trigger pull is approximately 8 pounds (3.6 kg).
The concealed-hammer design facilitates smooth transfer out of concealment.
The Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard .38 Special features a Crimson Trace® Integral Laser contained in a housing module on the right side behind the cylinder. The laser runs on two .357 silver oxide batteries (included) and can be detached. There are 3 modes – Off, On and Pulse. The power button of the laser sight is small and inconveniently located at its top, making it slightly difficult to switch on or change modes.
An integrated channel groove in the top strap functions as the rear sight and a pinned ramp front sight are also included.
The cylinder release is located on the left upper backstrap of the weapon, and is designed for ambidextrous use. A push of the release drops the cylinder on the left side.
Firing the Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard .38 Special can be slightly hard on the hands. There is significant deviation caused by the recoil and the magnitude of the recoil makes this weapon uncomfortable for prolonged use.
True to the Smith & Wesson name, however, the Bodyguard .38 Special fires error-free first time, every time.
Smith & Wesson offers a lifetime warranty on all parts and labor.