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Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 First Look

The Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 comes standard with a 2¾-inch barrel and an overall length of 5¼ inches, with an unloaded weight of 11.85 ounces.

Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 First Look

Smith & Wesson hit the jackpot in 2010 by introducing a compact carry pistol in .380 ACP that integrated a visible laser into the frame. It was dubbed the Bodyguard.

The Bodyguard 380 was received as an instant hit for those looking for an all-in-one deep-carry or backup solution.

The incorporated laser is still a great feature, as it does integrate the laser module and switches directly into the frame. What was normally an aftermarket accessory came standard and was already factored in to the cost of the pistol. The laser greatly assists low-light sighting and awkward shooting positions, as well as helps those with aging eyes, as they can fixate on the target instead of sight alignment and sight picture. As long as trigger control is consistent, the bullet is going to strike where the laser is targeting (assuming the gun is properly zeroed).

This year, Smith & Wesson debuted an M&P version of the Bodyguard 380, sans the laser. The price also dropped to an MSRP of $379.


The M&P Bodyguard boasts an upgraded corrosion-resistant slide with the familiar fish-scale serrations at the rear, as found on other models in the M&P line. The new Bodyguard comes standard with a 2¾-inch barrel and an overall length of 5¼ inches, with an unloaded weight of 11.85 ounces. Additionally, the pistol is now shipping with two six-round magazines.


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