In the lead-up to SHOT Show 2022, Smith & Wesson quietly debuted the hammer-fired 10/12-shot CSX 9mm pistol

Holding true to internet leaks that circled the globe, then were corroborated by trademark filings and patent applications, the CSX is a single-action-only 9mm that is hammer-fired and emulates the old CZ 2075 Rami or Star Model Firestar M43 but with better magazine capacity, shipping with both 10+1 flush-fit and 12+1 extended magazines. 

Barrel length is 3.125 inches, and the pistol is about an inch wide over the ambi controls – making it about the same size as the Shield Plus – while weight is under 20 ounces, which should help with recoil. The heft comes from the fact that the frame is an alloy metal with polymer inserts, rather than the other way around. It has both a blade-in trigger-shoe safety and a frame-mounted manual safety. 


Smith & Wesson CSX
The all-new Smith & Wesson CSX (Photos: S&W)


The downside is there is no rail or optics-ready capability. In Smith’s defense, that may be on the way. 

Several early reviews were posted over the weekend, including by Nutnfancy and the MDpolo Gun Channel, with the MSRP running $599. The former describes the gun as "a combination of Sig P938 and a Shield Plus." 

Stay tuned as we find out more on the CSX (Chief's Special X?) and lay hands on one at SHOT later in the month. 

Banner image: YouTube Screengrab via the MDpolo Gun Channel

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