Smith & Wesson Bodyguard
As the name entails, the Bodyguard model of pistols is valued by bodyguards, agents or undercover police officers who need to carry a highly-reliable weapon clandestinely, as a secondary weapon or a backup gun, and need the option of single and double action fire in a firearm that will not jam inside a pocket when fired from one. Its compact frame, shrouded hammer and light weight make it easy to hide. Every Bodyguard model has a five round capacity.
The Model 38 is aluminum-framed, has a carbon steel cylinder with a five round capacity and barrel. Chambered in .38 Special.
The Model 49 is an all carbon steel-framed revolver chambered in .38 Special.
The Model 638 is aluminum-framed with stainless steel cylinder and barrel. Chambered in .38 Special.
The Model 649 is an all stainless-steel framed revolver. Chambered in .357 Magnum or .38 Special.
M&P Bodyguard 38
The M&P Bodyguard 38 is the latest incarnation of a Smith & Wesson revolver using the Bodyguard moniker. It is a polymer framed revolver chambered in .38 special, and is only available with a Crimson Trace laser sight integrated in to the grip. Like previous Bodyguard models, it has a five round cylinder and a concealed hammer but unlike the previous models, the hammer cannot be cocked for single action fire. The lockwork is different than any other Smith & Wesson revolver and the model has no parts interchangeable with the J-frame series. Chambered in .38 special, it is only available with a Crimson Trace (previously Insight) red-dot laser sight integrated in to the grip. It is most closely related to the Centennial models.
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