Smith & Wesson Bodyguard

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This article is about the line of revolvers. For the semi-automatic pistol, see Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380.
Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .38 Special

The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard is a family of small J-frame revolvers with shrouded hammers manufactured by Smith & Wesson. They are available chambered in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum.[1]

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.[2]


Model 38[edit]

The Model 38 is aluminum-framed, has a carbon steel cylinder with a five round capacity and barrel. Chambered in .38 Special.[2]

Model 49[edit]

The Model 49 is an all carbon steel-framed revolver chambered in .38 Special.[2]

Model 638[edit]

The Model 638 is aluminum-framed with stainless steel cylinder and barrel. Chambered in .38 Special.[2]

Model 649[edit]

The Model 649 is an all stainless-steel framed revolver. Chambered in .357 Magnum or .38 Special.[2]

M&P Bodyguard 38[edit]

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.[3][4] The lockwork is different than any other Smith & Wesson revolver and the model has no parts interchangeable with the J-frame series.[5] Chambered in .38 special, it is only available with a Crimson Trace (previously Insight) red-dot laser sight integrated in to the grip.[6] It is most closely related to the Centennial models.[5]


  1. ^ Boorman, Dean K. (1 December 2002). The History of Smith and Wesson Firearms. Globe Pequot. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-58574-721-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Ahern, Jerry (2010). Armed for Personal Defense. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 47. ISBN 1-4402-1643-6. 
  3. ^ Shideler, Dan (20 August 2010). Guns Illustrated 2011: The Latest Guns, Specs & Prices. Iola: F+W Media, Inc. p. 58. ISBN 1-4402-1624-X. 
  4. ^ "Smith & Wesson(R) Introduces New BODYGUARD(R) Line. Company Launches New Compact Pistol and Revolver with Integrated Laser System" (Press release). Smith & Wesson. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  5. ^ a b Wiley Clapp. "S&W’s New Bodyguards". American Rifleman. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Smith & Wesson® Introduces New M&P® BODYGUARD® Handguns with Crimson Trace® Laser Sights" (Press release). Smith & Wesson Corp. July 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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