Smith & Wesson's Bodyguard .380 Pistol.

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  1. McCleary.11

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    I saw this on Gunblast and didn't see a thread about it here on GT.

    Now it can be told: Smith & Wesson has introduced their "Bodyguard" series of personal defense handguns. The Bodyguard .38 revolver is a polymer-framed five-shot snubnose, and the Bodyguard .380 pistol is a pocket-sized .380. Both Bodyguard handguns feature all-new designs, and integral laser sights.

    http://gunblast.com/images/SHOT2010/Day2/DSC09175.JPG

    Anyone have an MSRP?
     
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    ...2010 Shot Show thread...

    MSRP not yet published.
     

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    Looks a little too Taurus-y for my taste. But, hey, maybe it will actually prove to be a good design. Let's hope they're not expecting the shooting public to be their beta-testers.
     
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    I think it's a decent enough looking pistol. 0.75" width is nice. While they were molding the laser into the frame, they should've gone ahead and put the activation button in the grip so you didn't have a separate step to turn it on.
     
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    It felt okay to me. It seemed a little pricey though. I think I'd rather buy the cheaper Ruger LCP or add $100 and get a very nicely built Sig 238. Then again, I'm not much of a laser guy. Somebody who is might choose differently.
     
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    I knew it was only going to be a matter of time until they started making revolvers out of cheap plastic.

    I have a 638 Body Guard that is light weight enough.
    So why would they want or need to make it any lighter ???
    $$$$$$$$$$$

    Probably only costs them one dollar or less to make the frame out of polymer and then sell it and get 300 times their money back.
     
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    It will be interesting to see if they are any better than Ruger or Kel Tec at making a reliable little gun. My instincts say no. But I guess we will see.
     
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    ...same reason why so many semi-auto handguns have polymer frames. Less weight, less cost, some feel it reduces felt recoil. They've been playing with scantium and titanium and other extremely expensive alloys to make 'em lighter...it's about dang time they start making lightweight affordable wheelguns.

    (Time will tell just how "affordable" S&W has made theirs...and if they're too high, the Ruger LCR will be kicking their butt in sales. The LCR already has a leg up on 'em since it has a better trigger and a grip activated laser.)
     
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    While it looks nice, it's a .380 so I'd let others test it out first. The laser activation isn't the best setup, they should have went with a laserguard type of setup for the instant on.

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    Hopefully the 380 is well made and priced right. It is entering a very crowded arena. Let's see how it stacks up.
     
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    It's pretty nice
    Thanks a lot DW. I was just sitting here wasting time when I saw the CT for the P380 and ended up wasting money also.
     
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    Oops, I posted about the revolver. I meant to post about the .380.
     
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    You're welcome :rofl:
     
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    Damn!!! That is EXACTLY the first thing I thought when I saw the image.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Kinda ugly...
     
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    I was at SHOT. They told me the .380 would have an MSRP of around $450, and the .38 would MSRP around $550.
     
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    .380 in a light Revolver makes sense, easier to shoot than the super light .38 and .357 mags they sell. My 642 38sp is no fun to shoot so I don't practice with it as much as I should.
     
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    I think it looks good! I was planning on getting a Ruger LCP but now I am going to wait and see how this compares. Too bad American Rifleman could not get one to compare with the other 380 autos tested in the latest issue.

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...ontent=754501#
     
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    I thought you were talking about .380 Revover when I saw it called the Bodyguard. Sorry guess I jumped to conclusions without reading the OP,s complete post.