The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard ($349) is a pocket-sized pistol worthy of S&W’s long heritage, and it makes for an excellent carry gun.
We’re going to look at what makes these little pocket guns so popular, and what about the Bodyguard in particular caused it to wind up on my belt.
The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 was introduced a few years ago in tandem with the Bodyguard .38 revolver. The demand for concealable “pocket” pistols has never been greater, and S&W set these models apart from the crowd by equipping them with integrated lasers. But not everybody who wants a pocket gun necessarily wants one with a laser, so Smith & Wesson introduced another version: a straight-up, iron-sighted M&P Bodyguard 380.
The Bodyguard shipped in the dark blue cardboard box. Inside, the gun was encased in a nice zippered nylon dayplanner-style case. The interior of the case had elastic slip holders for the gun and a spare magazine.