In a bit of a recent gun-industry surprise, Smith & Wesson has just introduced the new CSX micro-compact pistol. The new metal-framed single-action pistol will initially come chambered in 9mm and will feature a unique aluminum alloy frame complete with ambidextrous controls and of course interchangeable backstraps as are popular with the M&P series of pistols. So what’s up with the new Smith & Wesson CSX?
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The New Metal-Framed Micro-Compact Smith & Wesson CSX
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Action: Single Action Only
- Capacity: 12+1 or 10+1
- Barrel Length: 3.1-inches
- Sights: White Dot
- Weight (with a 12-round magazine): 19.5oz
- Barrel and Slide Material: Stainless Stel with Armornite Finish
- Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy
- MSRP: $609
The Smith & Wesson CSX is a unique offering in the Smith & Wesson lineup and is one of the first 9mm micro-compact pistols to feature an alloy frame combined with a single-action only hammer-fired design. The alloy frame is paired with Smith & Wesson’s famous polymer grip inserts that allow you to change the grip size quickly without tools to fit it more perfectly to your hand.
The new pistol fits into a unique place within the industry as much of the semi-automatic 9mm offerings have been leaning increasingly more towards higher capacity polymer-framed designs. As someone who much prefers single-action triggers for their shooting characteristics, I like that Smith & Wesson has dared to do something different than the rest of the firearms industry. Only time will tell if the new CSX can hang with the rest of the modern 9mm micro-compact gang.
The CSX was leaked early by several online outlets and is currently on sale from several online firearms retailers for between $550 and $600. So far I think the CSX ticks a lot of boxes for people who aren’t squarely in the polymer wonder 9 corners. What are your thoughts on this new 9mm micro-compact single action only pistol? Let us know down in the comments.
Smith & Wesson® Releases New CSX™
Hammer-Fired, Metal Frame, High Capacity Micro 9mm
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (January 6, 2022) – Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select: SWBI), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, introduces the launch of a completely new product to their line of pistols, the CSX. The CSX is built on an aluminum alloy frame with interchangeable polymer back straps, providing the user the ability to customize their level of concealment and ergonomic fit. Chambered in 9mm, the CSX holds an impressive 12+1 capacity and comes with an additional 10 round magazine for deeper concealment.
“Since the launch of the M&P Shield® pistol, Smith & Wesson has been invested in the compact concealed carry firearm market. Last year, we modernized and updated the legacy platform by increasing capacity and updating the trigger geometry with the release of the Shield™ Plus. With the design of the CSX, we started with a fresh canvas;providing the consumer with a completely different option for concealed carry,” said John Myles, Senior Product Manager
The CSX was designed with flexibility in mind and, despite its micro-sized frame, the CSX packs both ambidextrous slide releases and manual safeties. Additionally, the CSX comes with two changeable magazine release buttons providing left-handed shooters the option to convert from the standard right-handed magazine release. While the CSX is packed with many rich new features, it also features some of Smith & Wesson’s classic design characteristics like the optimized 18-degree grip angle and textured front and back straps. The slide has serrations on the front and rear to assist with slide manipulation. The rear serrations are accentuated with a flared design on both sides to make racking the slide even easier. The barrel is 3.1” inches and features a one-in-ten twist rate to optimize accuracy. The CSX pistol is single-action-only and is equipped with a very comfortable flat-faced trigger to provide a crisp, clean, and consistent trigger pull.
MSRP on the new Smith & Wesson CSX is $609.00.
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