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Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .38 Special

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

As the name entails, the Bodyguard model of pistols is valued by bodyguards, agents or undercover police officers who need to carry a weapon clandestinely, and as a secondary weapon or a backup gun. Its compact frame, shrouded hammer and light weight make it easy to hide. Every Bodyguard model has a five round capacity.[1]


Model 38[]

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

Model 49[]

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

Model 638[]

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

Model 649[]

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

Bodyguard 38[]

The Bodyguard 38, a conceptual relative of the Bodyguard 380, is the modern form of the Bodyguard line. Like its automatic bigger brother, the Bodyguard 38 is a double action-only pistol, chambered in the .38 special, and is only available with the Insight red-dot laser sight integrated in to the grip. Like most Bodyguard models, the Bodyguard 38 has a five round cylinder. There also exists a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 which is a semi-automatic pistol, which while designed to have similar characteristics in use (compact frame, limited capacity firing the .380 acp round) is mechanically unrelated to the other bodyguard models.


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