September 2013

Follow Up: 380 Pocket Pistols With Factory-Fitted Lasers

How did the S&W Bodyguard measure up to the Ruger LCP-LM, SIG Sauer P238 Tactical Laser and Walther PK380 with Laser?

The S&W Bodyguard is a DAO (Double Action Only) semi-auto pistol that is familiar to our readers and testers. As we did with the Ruger LCP-LM, SIG Sauer P238 Tactical Laser, and Walther PK380 with Laser in the February 2013 issue, we tested the Bodyguard for accuracy at 15 yards with open sights but were more focused on using the laser. We tested each concealable pistolís ability to quickly activate its supplied laser and allow the shooter fire the pistol using only the laser as the aiming device. Similar to the last test, we used the same ammo and D-1 tombstone-style targets. We also need to note again that there is a reason for the laser warning label on the Bodyguard. It employs a red Class IIIa laser that should not be pointed in eyes, as permanent eye damage can result. Also laser beams reflect off surfaces like TV/computer screens, mirrors, glass, etc. Make sure you test the laser of an unloaded weapon to experience how the laser reacts on certain surfaces.

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