An Interesting S&W Factory Error

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This S&W Bodyguard 380 was sent to a home-based FFL. Manufactured last month, it was sent from the factory with no slide serrations! Members of the Smith&Wesson Forum suggested that this is no problem as long as he sells it to a customer with a pair of pliers!

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  • Y-man

    Here comes the new tactical teeth slide cocking action! Please remember to keep finger off trigger when using your teeth to cock your handgun. (Real teeth preferred, please: dentures not allowed!)

    • wetcorps

      They should stamp tactical bite marks on the slide to help teeth-cocking.

  • Brian W Cowell

    That is a keep sake!

  • J.T.

    Someone is getting fired.

    • Patrick Mingle

      good thing its not H&K or Sig they’d probably be taken out back and shot!

  • alabubba

    If something obvious like that made it through Quality Control, can you imagine the other things that have made it through?!

  • therapist

    This is no error. You are looking at a top secret model sold exclusively to elite fighting and personal protection forces. A real tier one operator prefers the high speed, low drag of an unserrated slide.

    • Graham 1

      Shaving critical nanoseconds off of your draw

  • Marc

    No quality control either.

  • Weaver

    We all make mistakes. They should send it back to have it corrected.

  • Chris

    That’s going to be a collector’s item

  • kalashnikev

    No QA/QC either…

  • floppyscience

    Interesting… especially considering GunWebsites just showed this 637 that was marked on the frame, packaged and shipped as a 642: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsQqhAvP3z0

    What’s up, S&W?

  • tt_ttf

    from a QA point of view this is a BIG error and not the sort of thing I would want to use

    If this sort of step got missed all the way through the QA chain, what other potential steps that are real issues like tempering etc could have been missed on this or other guns

    As someone else pointed out, at very least a CAPA is about to get issued inside S&W and someone could well get in trouble.

  • ak

    something is fishy here. there is also no laser button. I’m calling BS.

    • ak

      nvm, model is without laser

  • Andrew

    FAB Defense sabotaged all the serration machines in an attempt to sell more Tactic Skins

    http://www.themakogroup.com/product_p/tactic%20skin%2017.htm

  • clinton notestine

    the special table cocking only model

  • David Sharpe

    I’ve seen a S&W Factory Error smoothbore .357 barrel.

    • Sean

      I saw a Colt like that once.

      • 1911a145acp

        My buddy had a Ruger Super BlackHawk sans RIFLING- and the idiot sent it BACK to RUGER!

  • http://www.thegunzone.com/556dw.html Daniel E. Watters

    Colt has let pistols leave the factory with the slide serrations reversed.

  • William Litten

    Yeah I’m going to go with hoax. Its something very visible on the outside of the gun. The CNC mill didn’t just forget to make the serrations. If a toolsetter put the wrong cutter in the machine you would have a whole run of slides like this. Besides that, the slide goes through probably like 15 sets of hands. Also S&W test fires all of their guns, you would think the guy testing the gun would notice. So yeah, hoax.

  • shifty bitwise

    Can they make them without sights for the gang bangers ?

  • http://RenderRanch.com/ Zermoid

    Does a factory error on a gun make it more valuable?
    Like when the mint mis-strikes coins?
    Either way sell it for more as a “Custom” smooth slide version! Someone who wants custom serrations will be thrilled with it.

  • SD3

    A self-defense pistol chambered in .380?
    That’s a pretty glaring f***-up.

    • 1911a145acp

      SD3- So…. you would let me shoot you in the leg with a .380….right?

      • SD3

        Yes, right before I cap you with the nice 1911 you foolishly laid down for the .380.

        • 1911a145acp

          Ohhh… sorry the 1911 stays in my left hand…….;-)

  • sean

    It is also missing the button to turn on the laser. Also to note that real bodygaurds do not have M&P on the slide for it is not part of the M&P line.

  • Geoff a well known Skeptic

    The Model M&P Bodyguard (/R) 380
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_827563_-1_792654_757781_757781_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

    No laser M&P on slide AND scallop cuts for working the slide in the rear.
    Geoff
    Who notes that is ONE HECK of a mistake!

    • 1911a145acp

      Good eye! Well done sir!

  • 1911a145acp

    I’ll offer $ 1000 for it right now.

  • 1911a145acp

    Several things wrong here. It is clearly marked M&P AND Bodyguard. The S&W Logo above the slide stop does not appear on a Bodyguard. Is it a Prototype M&P 9 SHIELD size pistol in .380acp- sans cocking serrations AND LASER button? Modeled after the RUGER LC 380?

  • 1911a145acp

    Wishful thinking… just an M&P Bodyguard w/o laser…….

  • Sulaco

    Maybe S+W’s decision not to sell anymore in CA so as not to have to deal with microstamping is affecting their Q+C….