Anyone hear anything about this pistol? Here's some info from the SHOT show.
Another major announcement was the new Bodyguard line by Smith & Wesson. There was a .38 +p revolver that left me non-plussed, but the .380 pocket pistol was a real show-stealer. Slightly larger and heavier than competing products like the Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec P3AT, the Bodyguard .380 has a number of industry-leading features:
• built-in touch activated laser aiming device developed by Insight Technology
• very slim low profile positive manual safety
• multiple strike capability
The trigger of the Bodyguard was outstanding. All of the controls worked well. Dropping the magazine, reloading the gun, and dropping the slide with the slide release lever were all very easy. The new Bodyguard is definitely the most shootable of the .380 pocket pistols. With a 6+1 capacity, the Bodyguard .380 will almost certainly replace my LCP as a back-up gun
Built in laser might be okay, and I like the multiple stike capability. But a pistol this size, in .380?? What with problems finding decently priced ammo? And the thing has a suggested retail price of over $500.00. I'm sorry, I just don't see it. Not when you can get any number of small framed handguns in more powerful calibers.
And, isn't a "outstanding trigger" and "S&W pistols" an oxymoron??? I've had several Smith pistols over the years and none of them had triggers that could be described as anything other than horrible. Especially in DA mode.
I just don't see this as a good move on their part. Any of you feel differently or have any experience with this gun?