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Smith & Wesson Integrates
Crimson Trace Laser With
Its Bodyguard Semi-Auto Pistol and Revolver

by Timothy P. Banse

Smith & Wesson Corp. has joined forces with Crimson Trace® to match integrated laser sighting systems with its of BODYGUARD® handguns. According to the firearms manufacturer, its BODYGUARD firearms deliver the performance, quality and reliability that has become the hallmark of these industry leading companies.

Easily activated Crimson Trace’s signature tactile feel, the new laser sighting systems allowing for quick target acquisition with the push of a button. Crismon Trace units are renowned for the way they feature intuitive activation, longer battery life and high quality components. Simply put, these integrated laser sights deliver an accurate and streamlined solution for adding an effective sighting system to concealed carry and personal protection firearms.

"Through our partnership with Crimson Trace, consumers will benefit from a superior laser sighting system that is expertly integrated with our semi-automatic M&P BODYGUARD 380 pistols and our M&P BODYGUARD 38 revolvers," says James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson. Moreover, "Created using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques, these new M&P BODYGUARD firearms provide consumers with two exceptional choices when seeking dependability in personal protection."

Precisely manufactured and repeatedly tested for durability and reliability, Crimson Trace integral lasers are designed to preserve the general shape and overall weight of the M&P BODYGUARD firearms. In other words, they add little bulk. But more importantly, the integral lasers provide shooters with added confidence by enabling quick sight acquisition under stress or in low light conditions – which naturally it follows, makes them especially well-suited for conceal carry and personal defense needs.

Compact, sleek and ergonomic, the M&P BODYGUARD 380 semi-auto delivers personal protection in an easy-to-carry, comfortable platform. Chambered for .380 ACP, the lightweight pistol features a high-strength polymer frame with a black, matte-coated stainless-steel slide and barrel. The new M&P BODYGUARD 380 retains original design features including a 2 ¾-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 5 ¼ inches and an unloaded weight of only 12.3 ounces making it perfectly suited for concealed carry.

With its slim-line ergonomic grip, the pistol is comfortable in the hand and points naturally. On the lower portion of the frame, the pistol has been fitted with an integral Crimson Trace laser. The laser is easily activated and accommodates both left and right-handed shooters. To help aid in quick sight acquisition when the laser is not in use, the pistol is fitted with stainless-steel, drift adjustable dovetail sights. The M&P BODYGUARD 380 is standard with a 6+1 magazine capacity.

The M & P BODYGUARD 38 extends Smith & Wesson’s broad line of reliable, small-frame self-defense revolvers. The M&P BODYGUARD 38 delivers the optimal combination of accuracy and simplicity for personal protection needs. With its lightweight design, the M&P BODYGUARD 38 allows for discreet carry and its hammerless design provides a snag-free presentation. The five-shot revolver features a short 1.9-inch barrel, which contributes to a compact overall length of 6.6 inches and an empty weight of 14.4 ounces.

On the right side of the frame, the revolver has been fitted with an external module designed by Crimson Trace. The red laser sighting system features simple activation and precise shot placement in low light conditions. For fast target acquisition when the laser is not in use, the revolver sports a notch-style rear sight and a pinned black blade front sight.

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