Gun Report

Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 38 103039 38 Special +P

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The M&P Bodyguard 38 was easily concealable and lightweight. The DAO trigger pull was smooth. Though it offers only five shots, it is well suited for conceal carry.

Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 38 103039 38 Special +P

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Span Double

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The Bodyguard had the longest ejector rod and offered good leverage for removing empties.
A detent in the frame locks the crane into the front of the cylinder. This was a very secure system with no wiggle or front-end shake.
The star-shaped protrusion in the rear of the frame mates with a star-shaped indent in the ejector rod to lock up the rear of the Bodyguard 38's cylinder.
The cylinder latch (shown above the arrow) is pushed toward the muzzle to release the cylinder from the frame. This is an unusual place for the latch.
The grip on the Bodyguard 38 was longer, but there was more felt recoil with the polymer grip.
Like with the other revolvers, the shooter needs to push the cylinder out of frame. It won't swing out on its own. This allows the cylinder to stay in battery in the event the cylinder latch is accidentally manipulated. Most revolvers have a left-side latch, so this required some retraining.

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