SRC Reviews the Smith and Wesson CSX

It’s always exciting to see what’s new in the gun world, but there’s definitely an added layer of excitement when the gun in question comes from a popular gun maker like Smith and Wesson. Among their 2022 offerings is the Smith and Wesson CSX, a 9mm handgun that’s generating a lot of buzz. If you’re interested in finding out what the CSX can do, check out this video from the team over at Shooter’s Resource Channel.

Shooter's Resource Channel running the Smith and Wesson CSX.
Shooter’s Resource Channel running the Smith and Wesson CSX. (Photo credit: Shooter’s Resource Channel)

What is the Smith and Wesson CSX?

The CSX is an aluminum-alloy pistol with polymer pistol grip inserts. Smith and Wesson designed the backstraps to be interchangeable so shooters can customize the gun’s grip to better fit their hands. It’s chambered in 9mm, has a 12 +1 capacity, and has a micro-sized frame for improved concealability. A 10 +1 capacity magazine is included to further minimize the gun’s profile for concealment. With ambidextrous slide releases and manual safeties, it’s a versatile gun that works well regardless of which hand is your strong side.

Smith & Wesson CSX magazines
The Smith & Wesson CSX ships with a ten and twelve-round magazine. SRC isn’t sure why S&W didn’t just ship two twelve-round mags, though, because he thinks the size difference is so minimal it doesn’t offer any concealment advantage. 

What Did Shooter’s Resource Channel Think of the CSX?

Some of Shooter’s Resource Channel’s initial impressions of the Smith and Wesson CSX include the fact that it’s a somewhat heavy gun with a rather stout trigger pull. They are a fan of the steel white dot fights that come standard from the factory and feel the ambidextrous controls are a fantastic feature (we agree).

To find out what else they had to say about the handgun, watch the video:

Overall, the Smith and Wesson CSX seems to be a solid pistol from a respected manufacturer. It should fulfill a niche for concealed carriers looking for a daily carry 9mm with a bit more heft to it, and the way it has interchangeable grips and ambidextrous controls is a huge plus.

The CSX ships with steel white dot sights.
The CSX ships with steel white dot sights. (Photo credit: Shooter’s Resource Channel)

More From the Comments Section

YouTubers viewing the video on Shooter’s Resource Channel made some good points about the gun:

RollinOnBBS said, “The trigger should break-in and get smoother, after about 30 days of dry firing with snap caps.” In response to that, Shooter’s Resource Channel said they hoped live-fire would make it an even faster process.

Also, according to RollinOnBBS, “Factory Ruger LCP II HOLSTER is perfect fit. The soft body holster works like a sticky holster for IWB or Pocket carry especially, if you are bigger dude whom wears loose fitting pants with large front pockets.”

MojoMan69 wrote, “A good companion gun if you carry a 2011 like the staccato. But I would wait to see if they will come out with the PC version with maybe a light rail, better trigger and optics ready.”

Are you interested in the Smith and Wesson CSX? Tell us in the comments below.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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