Smith & Wesson Releases The New CSX Micro-Compact Pistol
07 Jan 2022
2021 was the year when we get to see micro-compact handguns in airsoft, with the introduction of the Bodyguard380 and LCP fixed slide gas pistols from Tokyo Marui. We might be seeing more micro-compacts in airsoft if the real steel manufacturers come out with the new one and Smith & Wesson just released a new candidate for airsoft, the CSX Micro-Compact.
We like the build material of the frame of this 9mm pistol which is aluminium alloy instead of polymer and it also comes with interchangeable backstraps to allow for the owner to find the comfortable grip. But unlike other micro-compacts that have been released by other competitors such as the SIG P365, Springfield Armory Hellcat and the Smith & Wesson’s own Shield Plus which are striker-fired, the CSX is hammer-fired.
Magazine options are 10 and 12 rounds and the CSX has ambidextrous controls as well as a reversible magazine release that left-handed shooters should welcome, especially if they prefer hammer-fired pistols. As for the barrel it is 3.125 inches in length.
Whilst we expect new pistols to have rails and being optics ready, the CSX has no provisions for mounting optics and weapons accessories. But in the future, it might be.
MSRP is US$609. Press release from Smith & Wesson right below the photos:
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.