By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

New for 2022 is the Smith & Wesson CSX 9mm Micro Compact for everyday carry.  About the same size and capacity as the 9mm Shield plus, but with a big difference.  It has an aluminum alloy frame and it’s hammer fired!


The CSX has an aluminum frame. Don’t get me wrong, I like polymer frame guns, but it’s nice to see some metal once in a while.  Smith & Wesson designed the CSX with an 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim. The flat faced trigger with integrated safety gives the shooter consistent trigger finger placement.  It also has a textured front strap and interchangeable polymer backstraps including small and extra small, which allow the shooter better ergonomic fit and concealment.  Other features include the ambidextrous 1911 style blade safety, elongated slide releases, and dual magazine releases for left- or right-handed shooters.


It is constructed out of stainless steel with Smith & Wesson’s Armornite finish, glare-reducing serrations on top of the slide, and a chamfered ejection port for snag-free presentation from the holster.


Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Single Action Only, Hammer Fired

Caliber: 9mm

Magazine Capacity: 10 or 12 rounds, Double Stack Magazine

Sights: Metal, White Dot

Barrel Length: 3.1 inches, 1:10 twist rate

Overall Length: 6.1 Inches

Weight: 19.5 Ounces

MSRP: $609


The CSX is a great Micro Compact EDC gun, especially for those of you who like a metal frame and a 1911 style safety.  It has a number of features that you would expect in a larger pistol, and it ships with one flush-fitting 10-round magazine and a 12-round extended magazine.  Get over to your dealer and see if it’s right for you!

That’s all for now folks!   Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas.  And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at