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Smith & Wesson
Model 49 Bodyguard
Smith & Wesson Revolver 49 Bodyguard .38 Spl Variant-1
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:6.375-in Height:No Data
Barrel:2-in Weight:20.5-oz
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Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (158 grain bullet)105544
  • Recoil Factor (158 grain bullet)3.81 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity5 rounds
  • ConcealabilityGood
  • Defense Factor53%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1959 - 1996
Caliber:.38 Spl
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Frame:blued finish steel
Grip:checkered walnut w/medallion
Sights:ramp front, square notch rear
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Gun Value
MSRP:$409.00Used Est:$350.00
Last Update:11/23/2018
About the Gun

This steel frame revolver was introduced as the Model 49 Bodyguard in 1959. It was built on the 'J' frame and had a partially shrouded hammer. This gun was a modification of a basic Chief Special revolver intended for concealed carry.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .38 Special
Alias: .38 Smith & Wesson Special
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:158 grains
MV:668 ft/sec ME:157 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Developed by Smith & Wesson and introduced along with its Military & Police Model revolver in 1902, this was originally a military cartridge intended to replace the unsatisfactory .38 Long Colt then in use by the Army. Colt brought out its own version of the .38 Special in 1909, which differs from the original only in bullet shape, being a flat-point style. The .38 Special is considered one of the best-balanced, all-round handgun cartridges ever designed. It is also one of the most accurate and very widely used for match shooting.

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