Gun industry giant Smith & Wesson is pleased to announce an addition to the Bodyguard family of self-defense handguns, the M&P Bodyguard 38 No Laser. This updated revolver, chambered for .38 Special +P, does not have a laser grip.
This makes it one sleek and light handgun. The M&P Bodyguard 38 weighs just a hair over 14 ounces unloaded. Another benefit about the laser-less design is a very low price. The M&P Bodyguard 38 has a suggested retail price of just $385. Real-world prices will be even lower.
The M&P Bodyguard 38 combines modern construction and with tried-and-true features. It has a five-round fluted cylinder, single-piece aluminum alloy frame, and a grey polymer grip. The cylinder and barrel are both stainless steel and the cylinder sports a black PVD finish.
The M&P Bodyguard 38 is a double-action only revolver with a snag-proof internal hammer. In place of the external hammer is a top-mounted ambidextrous cylinder latch.
For sights the M&P Bodyguard 38 has a standard U-notch rear sight and a pinned black ramp front sight, typical for most snub-nosed revolvers. It also has a 1.8-inch barrel which is also pretty standard for Smith & Wesson’s small revolvers.
One of the main reasons a lot of people turn to semi-automatic pistols is that they are often less expensive than similar-quality revolvers. With the M&P Bodyguard 38 that just isn’t the case.
And while 5-shot revolvers may not have the same capacity as a similar-size self-loader, the organic shape of revolvers often makes them easier to conceal, especially in form-fitting outfits. Revolver reloads like speed clips and speedloaders are also small and a cinch to conceal.
Weighing as little as it does the M&P Bodyguard 38 is a great candidate for ankle-carry, too. Ankle-carry guns need to be lightweight. And while ankle-carry doesn’t provide the fastest draw, it is one of the more effective ways to conceal a handgun.
It’s also a solid backup option for anyone who needs another gun to fall back on. This is an M&P series pistol which means it’s just as suited for law enforcement as it is for everyday carry.
You don’t have to be a police officer to see the benefit of carrying two guns. And at this price it makes carrying a backup that much more appealing.
Not all news from Smith & Wesson is good news, however. Smith & Wesson is offering a voluntary upgrade for anyone who recently purchased an M&P 380 EZ pistol with a manual thumb safety.
Unfortunately, under recoil, the thumb safety can switch from off to the safe position. This could seriously endanger a person in a self-defense scenario. If you have an M&P EZ pistol with a manual safety please contact Smith & Wesson for an update.
For more information on the M&P Bodyguard 38 No Laser visit SmithWesson.com.