Smith & Wesson CSX Micro-9 Pistol — SHOT Show 2022

Changing the game with the CSX, Smith & Wesson just released its all-new micro-compact hammer-fired 9mm featuring an aluminum frame and boasting a 12-round capacity.

While it has an external hammer, external safety, it still is not a 1911. Coming from the factory with a flush 10-round magazine, extended 12-round mag, the Smith & Wesson CSX is a mighty contender for the micro-compact pistol space.

Smith & Wesson CSX Micro-9 Pistol.

Being truly ambidextrous, the CSX features an ambi external grip safety, slide stop, and reversible magazine release. The steel thumb safeties are pinned to the grip and hinge below the hammer. This allows for easy use with varying shooting grips and hand sizes. The low-profile slide stop works perfectly when needed, and can be operated without shifting your shooting grip.

Ambidextrous controls.

Utilizing a flat-faced trigger, the CSX has a good break and added trigger safety. In addition to the ambi thumb safeties, and the trigger safety bar, this pistol also utilizes an internal firing pin block to give users even more confidence when carrying.

Flat-faced trigger.

Incorporating rugged slide serrations, this pistol is easy to operate even with gloves or in slippery situations. Also included are serrations on the top of the slide which reduce glare when trying to acquire a sight picture in bright conditions. Using what the industry calls a tactical rack rear sight, the rear sight has a very useable squared front edge to help with racking the slide.

Anti-glare serrations.

Besides having the same great grip texturing on the frame as found in the M&P lineup, the CSX features interchangeable backstraps including an extra set straight from the factory. This allows the user to adjust for his or her hand size.

Replaceable and highly textured backstrap.

The single-action external hammer of the CSX provides a consistent and crisp trigger press. While striker-fired pistols are more difficult to tell if they are racked and ready to go, hammer-fired pistols visually display their ready status to give additional confidence to the user.

The skeletonized hammer for the Smith & Wesson CSX.

The CSX has an MSRP of $609. Click HERE to read more details posted over on Smith & Wesson’s website.


  • Model: CSX™
  • SKU: 12615
  • Frame Size: Micro-Compact
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Action: Single Action
  • Capacity: 12+1 and 10+1 Rounds
  • Barrel Length: 3.1˝ (7.9 cm)
  • Rifling: 1:10 RH
  • Front Sight: Metal White Dot
  • Rear Sight: Metal White 2-Dot
  • Frame Width: 1.12˝ (2.8 cm) with Controls, 1.01˝ (2.6 cm) without Controls
  • Overall Height: 4.6˝ (11.7 cm)
  • Overall Length: 6.1˝ (15.5 cm)
  • Sight Radius: 4.6˝ (11.7 cm)
  • Grip: Interchangeable Backstraps
  • Weight: 19.5 oz. (552.8 g) – 12 Round Mag
  • Magazine Weight: 2.4 oz. (68.0 g) – 12 Round Mag
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel with Armornite® Finish
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel with Armornite® Finish
  • Slide Finish: Matte Black
  • Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy
  • Frame Finish: Matte Black

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About the author: Mitchell Graf is passionate about hunting and competition shooting. During college he was the shooting instructor for Oklahoma State’s Practical Shooting Team, and these days he spends as much time as he can chasing after pigs and coyotes with night vision and thermals. You can follow Mitchell’s adventures over at his Instagram @That_Gun_Guy_

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Alex January 25, 2022, 6:09 pm

    This looks to be interesting. I wonder what the Performance Center version will be like and if they’ll offer it in the new 30 Super Carry which S&W are supporting or with an optics cut?

  • MeSeaHunt January 24, 2022, 4:20 pm

    No frickn optics cut slide….. C’Mon already CATCH -UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RICKY PRICE January 24, 2022, 1:35 pm

    Thank I will trade my Glock 43 off and get one.

  • Tommygun851 January 24, 2022, 12:11 pm

    Looks like a well designed pistol, a metal frame with the weight of a polymer! It’s missing an accessory rail in front of the trigger housing and an optics mount on the slide. No sharp edges and carries like a 1911, with the right holster, should make a nice EDC

  • Blue Dog (he/him) January 21, 2022, 6:52 pm

    Cute! Do they make them for men? (chambered in .45 ACP?)

    Seriously, though. I kinda like the style of this one.

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