Smith & Wesson Bodyguard with Integrated Laser

    Smith & Wesson had a huge booth (as you would have expected) and so Phil had a few of us writers meet him there to help cover some of the new products (as big as it was, we probably could have dedicated a writer to camp there for the whole show).

    In any case, the product that I was able to chat with the rep about was the new variant of the M&P Bodyguard .380 which has an integrated laser, and which was a pretty good idea I thought. We had previously put out a press release on it.

    This is the model w/o laser for comparison

    This is the model w/o laser for comparison

    Close up of the side

    Close up of the side

    Laser on

    Laser on; the pictures of lasers never do justice…

    If you don’t know anything about the M&P Bodyguard here are some specs:
    * Frame Size: Sub Compact
    * Caliber: .380 Auto
    * Action: Double Action Only (Hammer Fired)
    * Capacity: 6+1 Rounds
    * Barrel Length: 2.75” (7.0 cm)
    * Front Sight: Stainless Steel Drift Adjustable
    * Rear Sight: Stainless Steel Drift Adjustable
    * Overall Length: 5.25” (13.3 cm)
    * Grip: Polymer
    * Weight: 12.3 oz. (348.7 g)
    * Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
    * Slide Material: Stainless Steel
    * Frame Material: Polymer
    * Finish: Matte Black

    And a short promo video:

    What is nice about this is that the laser only adds about $70 onto the price and the laser is truly integrated. On my PF-9 I added the Crimson Trace Laserguard and that set me back an additional $170 (and clamps onto the front of the trigger guard–though I do rather like the look).

    I really wish they would come out with a Bodyguard in 9mm…

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

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