Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Gun Pr0n #274

Well, I hinted that there was a new T&E gun in the works for today's gun pr0n. No one guessed it, though, or even came close - so here it is:

Yep, it's a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38 in .38 Special. This was a no-brainer for several reasons. I have several Smith & Wesson J-frames, so I'm familiar with the platform in general and was interested in the differences between the traditional J-frame and the new Bodyguard. Also, I've had the Ruger LCR, another polymer-framed wheelgun, so I was curious to see how the two compared - Ruger was the first to introduce the polymer frame concept, but Smith & Wesson has owned the concealed carry revolver niche since Colt discontinued the Detective Special. And, lastly, not for nothing, but I've had a Bodyguard 380 for over a year now and it's one of my favorite carry guns.

The story behind the Bodyguard 38 - specifically, about me getting one for testing - is an interesting one. When I first requested one for testing, I *assumed*  that it was MA compliant, given that the Bodyguard 380 was MA compliant. First mistake. Smith & Wesson was very responsive to my T&E request and shipped a unit promptly; unfortunately, my FFL couldn't transfer it to me (without incurring a $5,000 fine!) as it was not yet on the list. Then, once it became MA compliant (about a month after it shipped back to Smith & Wesson), I put in another request - at that point, I had the LCR and thought that it would be an excellent comparison.And when the new MA-compliant Bodyguard 38 came into my FFL with my name on it, a clerical error caused it to get entered into inventory, and promptly sold...

In the end, though, I've got this one to put through its pace, so it's all good - thanks to Smith & Wesson and their patience with silly MA laws...

That is all.

1 comment:

lee n. field said...


I'm not too keen on that laser. I am interested to hear about the snub.