Skip to comments.Smith & Wesson(R) Introduces New BODYGUARD(R) Line
Posted on 01/20/2010 3:48:11 AM PST by marktwain
Company Launches New Compact Pistol and Revolver with Integrated Laser System
Smith & Wesson® Holding Corporation (Nasdaq Global Select: SWHC), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 158-year-old company in the global business of safety, security, protection and sport, announced today the introduction of company's newest line of firearms designed for personal protection the Smith & Wesson BODYGUARDS. The BODYGUARD 380 semi-automatic pistol and BODYGUARD 38 revolver have been designed in conjunction with Insight Technology®, a leader in the laser optics field, to offer consumers a new and uniquely engineered, lightweight, self-defense firearm with built-in laser sights.
Debuted this week at the 2010 Shooting Hunting & Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the BODYGUARDS combine the latest advancements in laser technologies with Smith & Wesson's innovative design and manufacturing capabilities. The new BODYGUARD line features a uniquely designed compact frame, an integrated INSIGHT laser and several other new high-tech advantages.
"Throughout the development of the BODYGUARDS, our engineers and product managers worked closely with end users to design and produce an innovative line of personal protection firearms," said Michael Golden, CEO of Smith & Wesson Corp., a division of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation. "Both the BODYGUARD 380 pistol and the BODYGUARD 38 revolver have been built with state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. Each provides a reliable and logical choice for those seeking a firearm for personal protection. In addition, our engineers worked closely with Insight Technology to design an integrated laser that not only improves target acquisition but also reduces the price of this technology so more customers can afford to use laser sighting systems. We are very pleased with the positive feedback we have received on the new BODYGUARD line from the numerous retailers and media professionals at the 2010 SHOT Show."
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Great. Another toy some will have to have further deplete the already depleted .380 stream. Least it doesnt have the zit.
I love the smell of a new firearm thread in the morning.
I put in a request for a new Ruger SR9c for my birthday present .
Very nice. I had been seriously considering the Ruger LCR but will have to give this a hard look.
I think I’ll put the .38 on my wish list. Just picked up the .380 Ruger LCP I ordered before Christmas.
The revolver reminds me a lot of my Colt Detective Special, but with 1 less shot and no external hammer.
I was going to ask about that.
I have a Kel-tek PF-9 (9mm) which is about the same size and it's a beast to shoot. I have to wear a glove on my right hand if I plan to shoot more than a magazine. I can't even imagine how much recoil a .357 would produce.
Also, what holster, or method, do you use to conceal your .45?
As someone living in the only state completely banning the right to bear arms, I criticize your choice of a sub-caliber to carry!
Get yourself a proper defensive round!
I just started carrying the newly released Taurus 709 SLIM 9mm. I ran 200 rounds of various ammo (including Speer Gold Dot 115 gr +P+ as a true defensive round). Absolutely flawless. No malfunctions of any kind. At about 19 oz it seems to be a perfect carry weapon. Even a regular t-shirt hides it on my waist with an OWB silhouette slide holster. Another .380 on the market only makes ammo harder to find and it is hard to compete with a 9mm the same size/weight.
If you want discreet super comfortable carry all day long the only choice is a "Super Tuck Deluxe" from CROSSBREED. I've been an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor for over 20 years and I can say definitely that I have never found an IWB holster that is so comfortable in hauling around a full size service auto. Nor one that conceals as well. I have a Super Tuck Delux for my new Springfield Armory XD45 compact and for my H&K P30 9mm and I used to have one for my Sig P226 Blackwater Special Edition, but I sold that gun and the holster along with it.
I'll agree but submit that the imagined enhanced performance of the 357 in such a short barrel is illusory. You're going to get waaaaaay more muzzle flash and recoil but you'll also bleed off velocity like nobody's business and in the end there's not much greater expansion or stopping power than if you chose a standard pressure .38sp. Sometimes, I don't feel like gearing up with my 45 in a CROSSBREED. If I feel a tiny bit lazy, I'll shove my Smith M642 into a front pocket holster with a spare speedloader and go on my merry way. Here in South Florida, I load all MAGSAFE SWAT loads anyway. If I lived where it was cold, I'd have to reassess that choice. The recoil in the 642 is sharp, but I still enjoy practicing. I don't think I'd do that much practice if I were loading 357. That's masochistic.
Thanks for your informational post. I’ve been looking for something to more comfortably carry my H&K P7M8 and this may fit the bill very well.
looks just like my airweight. The crimson trace is less obtrusive than that stupid bolt-on laser.
I've got a Sig P245 which I would like to carry instead of the Kel-Tek but haven't found the right system. The Crossbreed looks very good.
Thanks for the link. I see they have the mini tuck for a Walther PPS, and I've been looking for something for mine.
Oh, I've had my eye on that one. Got a shiny new CC permit. My problem is HOW to carry, being a slender woman who hates carrying a purse and would lose it anyway.
My small wife (101 lbs) carries in the same silhouette belt slide as me and loves it. She has a “concealed carry” purse but I advise against carrying that way because if a bad guy gets your purse, he has your weapon.
Oh good, thanks for the recommend. I’ll check that out.
And Roger that on the purse. Just seems like a bad idea to purse-carry.
LOL, I’m such a dork. I thought OWB was a brand name, now I learn through the universal font of knowlege (Google) that it means over-the-waistband :-)
What brand does you wife use?
Taurus 709 SLIM holster?
Triple K is what she (and I use). Any holster that will fit the Taurus Millennium or Millennium Pro or similar weapon will work. Try it out.
I will, thank you.
Does the laser work through the jacket pocket?
/just jealous cause I live in the PRNYC...
For my 1911, I use Galco’s Royal Guard with a The Wilderness Instructor’s belt. Don’t forget to offset it with a magazine pouch on your weak side.
No, I haven’t. It would depend on your jacket I suppose. My thought on it is this however, if it’s life or death and that’s my best/only option, I’m taking it and I’ll worry about the consequences later. What matters is that it is an option and more options are always better than few.
It kicks harder than my .500 magnum though.
Definitely don't want to fire it from your pants pocket.........