Meet the New Alloy-Framed Smith & Wesson CSX Micro-Compact!

The newest concealed carry pistol from Smith & Wesson. (Photo: S&W)

Smith & Wesson is introducing an interesting hammer-fired micro-compact pistol for concealed carry, the new CSX. This lightweight, alloy-framed single-action pistol is chambered for 9mm Luger and carries 10+1 with flush magazines and 12+1 with extended mags.

“Introducing the new Smith & Wesson CSX, our latest addition to the micro-compact category, an all-alloy, all-steel handgun, hammer-fired system with the highest magazine capacity in its class,” said Senior Product Manager John Myles. “All Smith & Wesson CSXs comes with a 12-round magazine and a 10-round magazine, both low-profile to minimalize printing.”

“We’re really proud of the CSX,” said Myles. This is a welcome, modern take on a time-tested concept that’s rare to see in today’s market. There are fewer and fewer companies still making all-metal hammer-fired pistols, and only a fraction of those are made for concealed carry.

Thanks to the alloy frame, the CSX weighs about the same as similar polymer-framed pistols or even a little less. The CSX has an unloaded weight of just 19.5 ounces, including the 12-round magazine.

It’s not just another polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol. (Photo: S&W)

The CSX is an ergonomic design with an 18-degree grip angle, a thin undercut trigger guard, an extended beavertail for a high-up grip and interchangeable palmswell grips, including small and extra-small grips that let the shooter customize the pistol for comfort and concealability. It’s also chamfered and de-horned to prevent snagging on clothes or a holster.

The CSX has a compact 3.1-inch barrel and comes with 3-dot combat sights. It’s an ambidextrous design with dual manual thumb safeties, dual extended slide stops and interchangeable left- or right-side magazine release buttons. It comes with a flat-faced trigger for repeatable, predictable trigger finger placement as well.

The small components, along with the stainless steel slide and barrel, have a deep black Armornite nitride finish while the aluminum alloy frame has a matte black anodized finish. In addition to the manual safeties, the CSX has a passive trigger safety for even more control of the action.

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The slide has forward and rear serrations as well as a serrated topstrap to reduce glare. Like many Smith & Wesson pistols, it also has a loaded chamber port in the slide and barrel to see if a round is chambered.

With the vast majority of companies focusing on polymer-framed, striker-fired micro compacts, the CSX stands out from the rest pack.

The suggested retail price for the CSZ is $609. For more information about this very new, very different pistol, visit Smith & Wesson today.


• Aluminum alloy frame
• Glare reducing serrations on top of slide
• Interchangeable, textured backstraps including small and extra small sizes for better concealability
• Textured front strap
• Ambidextrous manual thumb safety
• Ambidextrous, elongated slide stop
• Two magazine release buttons included for left and right hand shooters
• Chamfered ejection port to help ensure no snags when drawing from holster
• Slide includes EZ-tab integration for simpler racking
• Optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim
• Flat faced trigger with integrated safety for a consistent finger placement
• Single action for a light, crisp trigger pull for accurate shot placement
• 1 in 10˝ twist rate
• Armornite durable corrosion resistant finish


  • SKU 12615
  • Model S&W CSX
  • Caliber 9mm Luger
  • Capacity 10+1, 12+1
  • Length 6.1
  • Front Sight Metal White Dot
  • Rear Sight Metal White 2-Dot
  • Action Single Action
  • Grip Interchangeable Backstraps
  • Barrel Material Stainless Steel with Armornite Finish
  • Slide Material Stainless Steel with Armornite Finish
  • Frame Material Aluminum Alloy
  • Slide Finish Matte Black
  • Frame Finish Matte Black
  • Barrel Length 3.1 in. (7.9 cm)
  • Weight 19.5 oz.

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  • BR January 12, 2022, 1:47 pm

    I have already seen this pistol compared to a bunch of others..except the one whose design they seen to have copied the most. SCCY CPX. I can tell you first hand the CPX is a lot of gun for the money. Funny how the CPX bucked the trend of going striker fired years ago but is now going that way and now S&W is going to hammers again.

  • John McDowell January 7, 2022, 9:31 am

    Well, I like the look and style of the gun. Now, a comment on communications. ” All-steel and All -Alloy” does NOT make sense. Some Steel and Some Alloy is better. The video does the “Biden” trick of confusion then back-tracking. Also the Name “CSX” Good play on the United States Steel Corp. Stock Market Ticker symbol. I worked at the HQ in Pittsburgh, ( 1975-1980 ).. ALCOA was the “neighbor”, Aluminum Company Of America. I hope the gun sells well, I own two S&W M&P 9mm’s now. I would add this to my collection at a moderate cost. Good work, although maybe a little late?? John M.

  • Mike in a Truck January 7, 2022, 9:11 am

    I will buy one! But gonna wait awhile. My days of being the test dummy are over.

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