Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38 No. 103038 38 Special

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Even without the laser, this is one accurate pocket gun. A lot of innovation for the dollar.

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38 No. 103038 38 Special

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
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 Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The polymer “saddle” style cylinder latch could be operated from either side. But we thought it was a little slippery, and the cylinder release was sticky.
Adjustable for windage and elevation, the Insight Technology laser was very bright. We’re hoping the membrane-style on/pulse/off will break in and become easier to operate. The gear-driven star was a new way to turn the cylinder. We found the cylinder release to be sticky, but we can’t say if this new component was to blame.

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