Attention CS9 owners!


November 15, 2007, 10:58 AM
If you own a S&W Chief's special 9mm please read this. As you know this is great sub-compact gun, that is very slim and concealable, except for the grips. The factory Hogue supplied grips do a good job of handling recoil, and make shooting comfortable, but they are fairly wide, with a larger palm swell.

A lot of people have posted their dislike with these grips, but there are none others offered by any grip maker. There are about 6 of us (hopefully more to follow) over at the Smith & Wesson forum who are trying to get a count of people who would pay for a custom maker to make a set of slim concealment grips. Here is a link to the thread...

So I'd like to ask anyone here to let me know if you would also be willing to commit to buy a set of grips if we can get a custom maker to do so. The idea is to get an accurate count of how many grips a potential maker could sell, and to call around and say "I have X amount of people who would buy these grips if you can make them" etc. At this point there is no actual money needed, and if I/we can get a grip maker to be interested ,the easiest way would be just to have each individual person call and pay the maker directly.

The general consensus is that we want a grip that is as thin as possible, regardless of material. Meaning, if a maker can produce thinner grips from one material over another, than that is what is preferred. It would most likely be wood, or some polymer, in either black or dark brown. Most people seem to want some checkering for grip purposes, although I imagine if a maker could do checkering, he/she could probably offer a smooth version too. I'm guessing each set is going to cost about $50-$100, but obviously I can't say for sure.

So if you're seriously interested, please post here or PM just saying you'd buy a set (or more) of the "proposed" grips. Then after about another week or so, with an accurate count of how many people will buy them, I'll get to work trying to track down a maker who will do it. I have no problem sending in my CS9 for the maker to get their measurements from if needed.


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November 16, 2007, 08:00 AM
Wow, no one responded yet. I thought I'd at least get a couple of folks.

Billy Sparks
November 16, 2007, 08:05 AM
Problem is that I think in all the years it has been out I have seen a grand total of 1. And that is with all the gun shows and dealers I visit.

November 16, 2007, 03:11 PM
I always wondered who really owns this model. I looked at them a couple times and liked the feel, but the price was too high.

Halo is for Kids
November 16, 2007, 03:36 PM
Oops, wrong chiefs special. I provided a well thought out answer for the revolver.

November 16, 2007, 03:59 PM
Its a great gun, very reliable like most 3rd gen S&W autos. Its just as slim as a Kahr, except for the grips. It holds 7+1 of 9mm, and is rated for the use of +P ammo. The standard 3-dot Novak sites are pretty nice, and it has a "safety" for those who prefer them. I like my DAO models better, but I know a lot of people like TDA and most of the small 9mm's now are DAO/striker fired models.

As far as price almost all of the used ones I've seen in person and on the web seem to be like new. Its probably a gun people buy thinking they'll carry it and never do. They almost always go for about $375 to $500 which isn't a bad price. They do pretty much require being worn on the hip, but they really shine IWB because they are slim, and weigh about 24 ozs fully loaded.


November 16, 2007, 04:06 PM
I have handle the CS9 and the CS45. for 3rd gen S&W, they seemed okay. But too much competition from other companies with concealable handguns and S&W quality control was sketchy I believe for the model to catch on...

November 16, 2007, 06:01 PM
Thanks for the offer, but while not slim I like the grips .

Alan Fud
November 17, 2007, 02:05 PM
... if you would also be willing to commit to buy a set of grips if we can get a custom maker to do so ... Depends on the price.

November 17, 2007, 07:02 PM
Alan Fud-I'll consider you a "Maybe" then sir. I don't know what the price will be. I'm guessing about $50-$100 per set of grips. Won't know for sure until we get a maker to commit to doing it first. Thanks.

November 19, 2007, 10:34 AM
Bump to the top.

November 21, 2007, 02:27 PM

FYI as of now we have about 13 pairs of grips total that would be purchased if a grip maker is found.


November 21, 2007, 07:35 PM
Being an owner of a CS45 & CS9, while I appreciate your initiative in having some non-rubber grips produced for the little 9mm version, I'm not really interested in them myself.

I'm one of those folks who find the rubber grips to be pretty much ideal for my hands, if a bit 'clingy' to clothing.

If S&W were to have offered a 1-piece wraparound grip made out of the standard synthetic they use for their other grips I'd have tried a set, as long as they were the same dimensions (which fit my hand so well).

I was told several years ago that S&W had originally had Hogue make the rubber grips because they felt that (A) the commercial market seems to prefer after-market rubber grips; and (B) the little CS series generated enough felt recoil that S&W was concerned it might be too much for many ordinary users, but that the rubber grips would mitigate such concerns.

I can see how the CS45 might be a bit of a handful with hard grips for some users ... and I imagine the CS40 would've been appealing to even fewer potential customers ... but I do wonder if the handy little CS9 might not be fine, in the long run, with hard, non-rubber grips.

I think the overall size and ergonomics of the grips, as they are, offer a reasonably decent compromise when it comes to controlling felt recoil. Perhaps some wooden grips might be a nice alternative ... but I'd want them to be the same size, if I were to consider buying them.

November 25, 2007, 10:54 AM
Fastbolt-Thanks for the input, but we're looking to make them smaller than the current Hogues, so I'm sure you won't want a pair.

Thank you.

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