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Smith & Wesson 638 Bodyguard .38 Special +P

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Trimming some weight from the steel Bodyguard did nothing to destroy this gun's character.

Smith & Wesson 638 Bodyguard .38 Special +P

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The abbreviated hammer offers the option of single action or double-action fire, without the worries of snagging. This unusual humpback design isn't long on cosmetics, but it is long on functionality.

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