Smith & Wesson Announces Addition to M&P Bodyguard 38 Revolver Series

M&P Bodyguard 38 series expanded to include gray grip, non-laser version.

Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 38 series gray grip, non-laser version
Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 38 series gray grip, non-laser version

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – -( Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that it has expanded its popular line of small-frame revolvers to include a new, non-laser M&P Bodyguard 38 revolver. The new M&P Bodyguard 38 revolver features a gray, polymer grip; updated styling; and, a serrated ambidextrous cylinder release that is easily operated by left handed shooters. With an MSRP of $385, the new M&P Bodyguard 38 revolver delivers a feature-rich personal protection option at an excellent value.

Jan Mladek, General Manager of Smith & Wesson and M&P brands, said, “For 2018, we’ve introduced a new, non-laser version of the M&P Bodyguard 38 revolver. With a new, gray polymer grip and updated styling, the M&P Bodyguard 38 provides a great value to our customers. This new model has a gray polymer grip and updated styling to provide our customers with a new revolver option for personal protection.”

Chambered in .38 S&W Special +P, the new M&P Bodyguard 38 revolver is double action only and features a 1.875” stainless steel barrel with a lightweight, one-piece aluminum alloy upper frame, making it an ideal choice for concealed carry and personal protection.

The revolver also features a pinned, black ramp front sight, ambidextrous cylinder release, and a smooth trigger pull with a 5 round stainless steel cylinder.

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Terry L Smith

(sigh) Once again, I read of a “new and improved revolver chambered in .38 Special, and quick as lightning, there is someone going all whimsical, “Why don’t they just use a revolver chambered in .357 Magnum?!?” I can tell you why I DON’T and won’t. I love snubbies chambered in .38 Special. Why .38 Special? 3 years in SouthEast Asia with a majority of my time “ridin’ the fence on the back 40” armed with a .38 special revolver. Some years as a Cold War veteran, with a S and W original Bodyguard , again chambered in .38 Special. All… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax

Amazing. Everybody missed the point, except Dwayne. And I resent being called an elitist, I’m a minimalist. I’m not saying to not to make the ammo, I’m talking about the gun frame. I’m NOT saying only shoot .357 ammo, and I don’t. ANY .357 will fire .38 and .38 +P, it doesn’t work the other way. The .357 gives you choices the smaller frames don’t. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, any POS .357 will do the job. It does give you the ability to shoot any .38 ammo, which was also the point of the .22 analogy. I… Read more »

Wild Bill

iF, No one called you anything. Resent what you will. If everyone misses your point, perhaps you should work on making your written work clear, but I think what you wrote was pretty clear.

Dwayne Snow

I would say chamber it in .357. Then it could shoot .357 or .38 special and .38 special +P.


There are a lot of us older guys/gals who still feel more secure carrying a wheel gun. Then it becomes a personal valuation of the trade-off among concealability, ease of use (drawing, shooting, recoil and back on target), and enough power and continued potential threat to convince the perp to cease and desist. I love my Model 66 BUT there are many shooters who for whatever pertinent reason can not handle the weight, recoil, muzzle blast, etc. from full-blown .357 loads. It appears to me that both the .38 Special and 9 mm are the loads of choice for most… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t understand why .38 or .38 +P are being made. It seems like a no brainer that .357 would be only minimally more expensive to make, and it would cover all the ammo options. The .38 and .38 +P seem like making .22s in Short or Long only. Long Rifle covers all the choices. I’d never buy anything that wasn’t .357.

Marc Disabled Vet

People still have and use 38 special
everyday, It’s a Trusted proven round.
Yes 357 is Better but you can’t tell all
the people who have 38’s sorry we no longer
make ammo for your work gun ( go buy a newer one)


I love my .357, but frankly, the muzzle blast and flash from the burning powder in low light situations make it a one shot gun for me if loaded with .357. a +P load gives me a bit more performance over a std .38 and no flash. With modern self-defense bullets, I don’t think I’m giving up that much.
I respect your choice to use the .357 exclusively, but I’m OK with .38+P in my .357 S&W Highway Patrolman in many circumstances.

Wayne Clark

Dave, there’s no doubt a .357 carries all that is needed in a gun built for it but as in a 66, a steady diet of .357 is taking a chance on cracking the forcing cone, as they weren’t designed for a continuous feeding of that stout of a round. A .38 +p is an acceptable round that won’t damage the gun if used extensively. I use .357 as a defensive round but .38 & .38+p as practice…& sometime the +p as a defensive round. Either pack a wallop.

Wild Bill

iF, Yep, it is just you. The .38, .38+P, .22 short, .22 long, and .22 LR are all still being made because there is a market for them. It is difficult for individuals to think of all the possibilities for any given subject. Elitists fall into the same logic trap of believing that they can think of what others need and don’t need (e.g. whiskey, fast cars, big house, ownership of more than $5,000 in the bank account, a firearm ).