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Smith & Wesson(R) Introduces New BODYGUARD(R) Line
prnewswire.com ^ | 19 January, 2010 | Smith & Wesson

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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New self defense pistols.
1 posted on 01/20/2010 3:48:12 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain
It's been awhile since S&W had anything like a 380Auto!
2 posted on 01/20/2010 4:01:54 AM PST by Does so (ObamaCare...I pay for medical-marijuana claims by millions of Americans?)
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To: marktwain
I have a Smith and Wesson M&P 340 in .357 mag with an aftermarket crimson trace laser sight and a tritium front sight. At 13.3 oz(unloaded), it's a pleasure to carry and the potency is reassuring. The five shots of .357 magnum coupled with the laser sight and the tritium front sight make it a lot of pistol in a little package. It has another trick up its sleeve too, the hammerless feature allows it to be emptied from/through your jacket pocket if need be which is a big deal if you really think about it. I like a full sized .45 for concealed carry but, more often than not, this little pistol is way more practical. It kicks harder than my .500 magnum though.
3 posted on 01/20/2010 4:02:54 AM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!)
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To: marktwain

Great. Another toy some will have to have further deplete the already depleted .380 stream. Least it doesnt have the zit.


4 posted on 01/20/2010 4:03:37 AM PST by 03A3
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To: marktwain

I love the smell of a new firearm thread in the morning.


5 posted on 01/20/2010 4:04:44 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: marktwain

I put in a request for a new Ruger SR9c for my birthday present .


7 posted on 01/20/2010 4:09:50 AM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: marktwain

Very nice. I had been seriously considering the Ruger LCR but will have to give this a hard look.


8 posted on 01/20/2010 4:25:56 AM PST by fso301
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To: marktwain

I think I’ll put the .38 on my wish list. Just picked up the .380 Ruger LCP I ordered before Christmas.


9 posted on 01/20/2010 4:27:49 AM PST by Qwackertoo (I'm really sad for our great country and what Obama, Reid & Pelosi are doing to us.)
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To: marktwain

The revolver reminds me a lot of my Colt Detective Special, but with 1 less shot and no external hammer.


10 posted on 01/20/2010 4:30:11 AM PST by meyer (Government health care = national strike.)
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To: RC one
It kicks harder than my .500 magnum though.

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?

11 posted on 01/20/2010 4:30:17 AM PST by Texas Jack
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To: 03A3

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!
/sarc off


12 posted on 01/20/2010 4:32:27 AM PST by BobbyT
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To: marktwain

Price?


13 posted on 01/20/2010 4:45:32 AM PST by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: fso301

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.


14 posted on 01/20/2010 5:10:17 AM PST by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: Texas Jack
Also, what holster, or method, do you use to conceal your .45?

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.

15 posted on 01/20/2010 5:18:02 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: RC one
I like a full sized .45 for concealed carry but, more often than not, this little pistol is way more practical. It kicks harder than my .500 magnum though.

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.

16 posted on 01/20/2010 5:26:59 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: PatriotGirl827

bookmark


17 posted on 01/20/2010 6:01:32 AM PST by PatriotGirl827 (Ted Nugent for Secretary of Defense)
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To: ExSoldier

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.


18 posted on 01/20/2010 6:32:35 AM PST by Crolis ("Nemo me impune lacessit!" - "No one provokes me with impunity!")
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To: arbooz

looks just like my airweight. The crimson trace is less obtrusive than that stupid bolt-on laser.


19 posted on 01/20/2010 6:37:32 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ExSoldier
Thanks for the holster info.

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.

20 posted on 01/20/2010 6:39:04 AM PST by Texas Jack
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To: ExSoldier
If you want discreet super comfortable carry all day long the only choice is Super Tuck Deluxe from CROSSBREED

Thanks for the link. I see they have the mini tuck for a Walther PPS, and I've been looking for something for mine.

21 posted on 01/20/2010 6:56:57 AM PST by sockmonkey
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To: aragorn

bookmark


22 posted on 01/20/2010 7:49:56 AM PST by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. NRA, GOA, SAF, CCRKBA. FUBO.)
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To: Texas Jack
My P245 loves my Crossbreed. But I also carry it in a Blade-Tech IWB as well.
23 posted on 01/20/2010 8:21:00 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: TexasRedeye
Taurus 709 SLIM 9mm

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.

24 posted on 01/20/2010 9:03:29 AM PST by T Minus Four (Help Haiti and know your money is going to the right people - www.WorldVision.org)
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To: T Minus Four

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.


25 posted on 01/20/2010 10:45:06 AM PST by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: TexasRedeye

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.


26 posted on 01/20/2010 11:18:37 AM PST by T Minus Four (Help Haiti and know your money is going to the right people - www.WorldVision.org)
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To: TexasRedeye

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?


27 posted on 01/20/2010 11:23:15 AM PST by T Minus Four (Help Haiti and know your money is going to the right people - www.WorldVision.org)
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To: RC one
Have you experimented firing your .357 from inside a old jacket? The reason I ask is because I have a Ruger SP101 .357/38 spl with a 3” barrel. With 357 it throws an enormous fireball. I would think a small fire extinguisher would be needed after firing from inside a coat :)
28 posted on 01/20/2010 11:45:48 AM PST by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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To: T Minus Four

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.


29 posted on 01/20/2010 12:15:44 PM PST by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: TexasRedeye

I will, thank you.


30 posted on 01/20/2010 1:06:51 PM PST by T Minus Four (Help Haiti and know your money is going to the right people - www.WorldVision.org)
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To: RC one

Does the laser work through the jacket pocket?

/s

/just jealous cause I live in the PRNYC...


31 posted on 01/20/2010 3:22:29 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Texas Jack

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.


32 posted on 01/20/2010 4:22:17 PM PST by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: Polynikes

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.


33 posted on 01/21/2010 8:59:50 AM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!)
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To: RC one
the hammerless feature allows it to be emptied from/through your jacket pocket

It kicks harder than my .500 magnum though.

Definitely don't want to fire it from your pants pocket.........

34 posted on 01/21/2010 9:06:59 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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