First Look: Smith & Wesson CSX 9 mm Pistol

Smith & Wesson recently introduced the CSX, a single-action, aluminum-frame 9 mm pistol.

posted on January 21, 2022
pistol facing right

Smith & Wesson has launched a completely new addition to their line of pistols, the CSX. The new CSX is built on an aluminum alloy frame and has interchangeable polymer back straps to provide the user with the ability to customize their level of concealment and ergonomic fit. The CSX is chambered in 9mm and holds an impressive 12+1 rounds in the standard magazine. The pistol also 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, it packs both an ambidextrous slide release and ambidextrous manual safety. Additionally, the CSX comes with two changeable magazine release buttons that provides left-handed shooters the option to convert from the standard right-handed magazine release.

The CSX 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 both 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 long and features a one-in-ten twist rate for optimized accuracy. The pistol is single-action-only and has a comfortable flat-faced trigger with a crisp, clean, and consistent trigger pull.

MSRP on the new Smith & Wesson CSX is $609.00, and for more information on this pistol or other products from Smith and Wesson, please visit



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