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S&W Bodyguard No. 109380 380 ACP, $419 (June 2013)

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Not a pretty gun, the 380 Bodyguard had a busy left side. Its plain right side held the button for the laser. The ugly exterior conceals a design very similar to that of the Kel-Tec P3AT. The Bodyguard is DAO, and its trigger pull at 12 pounds did not please us.

S&W Bodyguard No. 109380 380 ACP, $419 (June 2013)

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Getting the gun apart was very easy. The takedown lever, arrow, pops out with no tools needed. The insides were well and cleanly made. The design included a safety that did not work well.
We found it hard to put this safety into the up, or Safe, position as shown, but it came off easily enough. It will surely give some comfort to those who simply pocket these small guns.
The Bodyguard 380 pistol's sight picture was crowded, we thought. The rear notch could have been wider. The gun hit pretty close to where it looked, and these sights are far better than those on the Kel-Tec P3AT pistol.
The Smith Bodyguard's frame is on top. The near grip is that of the much lighter Kel-Tec P3AT, which seems to have been a major influence on the design. Smith added a slide stop and a manual safety.
The slide on top is the Smith & Wesson. The other one is what we think is its inspiration, the slide of the Kel-Tec P3AT. Both Ruger and S&W owe their small-380 designs to Kel-Tec's innovation, in our opinion.

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