A popular carry gun, the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 from the M&P series can be made more comfortable and reliable by simple mechanical means. Here’s how I upgrade them.
by Sergey Lyalko
I have to admit that I like the M&P series of Smith & Wesson guns They are inexpensive, well designed, and have become quite popular. Most of them are striker fired but not the little S&W M&P Bodyguard 380. This ultra-compact gun is double-action only and utilizes a small hammer. Its .380 ACP cartridge has enough power for effective self defense. The built-in laser is additional nice option. But the most attractive feature is its small size and weight. Many people carry it now without the unpleasant feeling that the gun is pulling their pants down.
While an all-around nice gun, however, it is not without certain weaknesses. Here are the common issues I see and how I correct them.
Read more in the August 2018 issue.