Smith & Wesson announces updated M&P Bodyguard .38 snub

Smith's new M&P Bodyguard wheelgun has a PVD-coated 5-round cylinder and a one-piece gray composite grip (Photos: S&W)

Smith’s new M&P Bodyguard wheelgun has a PVD-coated 5-round cylinder and a one-piece gray composite grip (Photos: Smith & Wesson)

Smith & Wesson this week introduced a new flavor to their roster of M&P Bodyguard snub-nosed revolvers that deletes the laser, changes the styling, and drops the price.

The new Bodyguard offering is chambered in .38 Special, rated for +P loads, and uses a stainless steel barrel and cylinder coupled with a one-piece aluminum alloy upper frame. With that in mind, it is a dead ringer Smith’s legacy M&P small-frame self-defense revolver sans integrated laser and with a polymer gray grip.

Weight comes in at a few ounces less on the updated laser-free snubby, tipping the scales at 14.2-ounces. Overall length is 6.6-inches with a 1.875-inch barrel. The five-shot “snag free” style revolver is double action only with what S&W bills as a smooth trigger and uses a pinned, black ramp front sight with an integral rear sight

MSRP is $385, about $150 less than the standard Crimson Trace-equipped model, though actual price, if you shop around, is likely to be a bit less. It should also be noted that it is $75 bucks less than the classic S&W M642, though not as flashy.

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