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SHOT Show 2010: Smith & Wesson debuts new BODYGUARD firearms
New .380 pistol and .38 revolver feature integral INSIGHT lasers
With integrated lasers and a new lightweight feel, the new Smith & Wesson BODYGUARD 38 and BODYGUARD 380 are the perfect back-up gun option for law enforcement officers.
The new pistol features a double-action fire control system, allowing for rapid second-strike capability. The BODYGUARD 380 has also been enhanced with a smooth trigger pull. Adding to its simplicity, the BODYGUARD 380 is standard with a manual thumb safety and an external take down lever and slide stop.
We spoke briefly with Jim Unger, a spokesman manning the booth-within-a-booth where Smith & Wesson is displaying the new handguns at SHOT 2010.
He said, “We have a long history of manufacturing revolvers used by cops as back up guns and for off duty carry. The BODYGUARD is our first foray back into .380 since the Sigma .380 back in the 90’s. But there are no recycled parts on either of these guns — they’re completely new from the ground up.”
The .380 ACP pistol has a standard 2.75 inch barrel, contributing to an overall weight of only 11.85 ounces.
The new BODYGUARD .38 revolver weights in at around 14.3 ounces and features a shorter 1.9-inch barrel.
Rolling out in May 2010, the BODYGUARD pistol and revolver offer an advanced ergonomic grip and newly engineered INSIGHT lasers with ambidextrous controls for optimal accuracy.
For more information on both products, visit Smith & Wesson.