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Smith & Wesson CSX 9mm Pistol: Full Review

Smith & Wesson's CSX 9mm is the pistol none of us asked for — or knew that we wanted. Here's a full review.

Smith & Wesson CSX 9mm Pistol: Full Review

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From its first use as a label for the J-Frame revolver, the “Chief’s Special” was an innovative approach to concealed carry. The revolver was introduced at the 1950 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. Smith & Wesson’s sales team asked police chiefs to vote on a name for the revolver, and “.38 Chief’s Special” won. The company moved to using model numbers in 1957, but the name reappeared in 1999 on its 3rd Generation semiautos. Though written out on the left side of the slide, “Chiefs Special”...

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