Welcome to this week’s edition of the Gun Doctor!

Field and Stream reviewed several pistols and revolvers from the 2022 Shot Show and this week we feature one of those guns, the micro compact Smith & Wesson CSX.

Surprisingly—from the same company that’s famous for the striker-fired, polymer-framed, M&P and Shield pistols—this is an aluminum-framed, single-action, semi-automatic pistol, that reminds you a lot of the old Colt Mustang. The main difference between this pistol and the Mustang though is that it’s chambered for 9mm Luger as opposed to .380 Auto. It’s also built around a double-stack design offering either 10+1 or 12+1 capacity. Unloaded the CSX, which measures only 6.1 inches long and weighs only 19.5 ounces. The barrel and slide are stainless with an Armornite Finish, and metal three-dot sights are standard. The front of the grip is textured, the manual thumb safety is ambidextrous, and the CSX comes with two changeable magazine release buttons that provides left-handed shooters the option to convert from the standard right-handed magazine release.

The pistol also comes with an additional 10 round magazine for deeper concealment.

The CSX 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 both 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 long and features a one-in-ten twist rate for optimized accuracy.

MSRP on the new CSX is $609.00.

In other gun news more anti-gun legislation has been introduced and assigned to the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal Committee. 

House Bill 2541 repeals the requirement that the respondent of an order of protection facing loss of Second Amendment rights receive notice of a hearing and an opportunity to participate in it. In addition, it requires that the loss of rights last for a minimum of two years, rather than for the duration of the order of protection.

House Bill 3144 says if gun owners don’t report a lost or stolen firearm within 72 hours of discovering them missing, the bill increases failure to comply to a Class 4 felony for a third offense and a Class 3 felony for subsequent offenses.

House Bill 3661 revokes for one year, the FOID cards of gun owners whose firearms are lost or stolen in three separate incidents within a two-year period.

House Bill 4296 increases arbitrary zones by prohibiting concealed carry permit holders from carrying firearms at many recreation areas, including campgrounds, golf courses, boat launches, Illinois Nature Preserves, and Land and Water Reserves, among others.

Not to be outdone the city of San Jose California voted last week to require gun owners to carry liability insurance and pay an annual fee in what’s believed to be the first measure of its kind in the U.S.A.

The council also voted to require gun owners to pay an estimated $25 fee which would be collected by a yet-to-be-named nonprofit and doled out to community groups to be used for firearm safety education and training, suicide prevention and domestic violence and mental health services.

Speaking of firearm education did you know Smokin Gun Worx offers beginner’s and intro classes, continuing education classes, conceal carry and renewal classes, and hunter safety classes?

You can do it all at Smokin Gun Worx. Buy, sell, or trade, shoot, shop, or train. Smokin Gun Worx 8785 North Baileyville Road, Forreston, Illinois.

For the Gun Doctor, I’m Tim Bivins.


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