Gun Report

S&W Bodyguard No. 103038 38 Special +P, $509

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Looking much like the J-frame 442 Centennial, the S&W Bodyguard uses an entirely different concept in its steel- reinforced polymer grip and lower frame, and aluminum upper frame. The cylinder and barrel insert are steel. The result is a light pistol that may not be as durable as an all-steel gun, but worked well enough as it was. The laser can be removed if desired. The grip felt great.

S&W Bodyguard No. 103038 38 Special +P, $509

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Home Defense
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Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The star at the center of the Bodyguard revolver's recoil shield forms almost the entire lockup for the cylinder. There is the usual bolt that fits into the cylinder slots, but no lockup on the front end of the cylinder. That is the front of the laser housing at the top left, arrow. The lasers on both guns were mighty bright, but useless in bright sunlight, our testers said.
The good news is the ejector stroke is nearly an inch, which gets empty cases out of the gun a bit more easily than the classic J-frame's Special does.
This is the latch for the Bodyguard. Shove it forward and the star retracts, permitting the five-shot cylinder to swing out. The gun is rated for +P loads.

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