The Other New S&W Bodyguard

Overall, I think the Bodyguard 38 has a great deal of potential, but it needs more work. For now, I'll stick with my trusty J-frames for backup carry.


Overall, I think the Bodyguard 38 has a great deal of potential, but it needs more work. For now, I'll stick with my trusty J-frames for backup carry. As the four days of the SHOT Show went by, it was common to cross paths with my colleagues who had been at the S&W Media Day. When asked what they thought of the new S&W Bodyguards, they all mentioned how impressed they were with the Bodyguard 380, commenting about its features and its accuracy. No one even mentioned the Bodyguard 38, unless I asked specifically about it. I think that says it all. This Bodyguard does not seem to be quite ready to bear the responsibility that the name implies.



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