Finally got the S&W CS45 to the range


December 31, 2007, 06:39 PM
Hi Group,

I picked up pre-owned S&W Chiefs Special (CS45) .45 semi auto pistol this past week and was finally able to get it to the range. What a pleasant surprise, I was expecting this relatively small sized 45 to have an incredible amount of felt recoil, boy was I wrong! I thought I was shooting my Sig P6, it has a bit more muzzle flip but not so much to make it difficult to place a fairly quick second shot. I really like the small size which makes it real easy to conceal, not bad looking either.

Included with the pistol was a real nice leather OWB holster similar to the Bianchi Black Widow. $320.00 OTD..Not bad....I couldn’t pass it up.

Just wanted to share!

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December 31, 2007, 10:06 PM
Good for you. Congrats.

I've lost count of the number of rounds I've fired through my CS45.

I just replace the recoil and magazine springs periodically. (The single coil, non-captive, flat wound recoil spring is rather short ... and the little pistol is chambered in a big cartridge.)

It was a real sleeper of a traditional double action .45 pistol. It reportedly sold well, but quietly, as a LE back-up & off-duty weapon. Might've done better if S&W had done more than just some initial minimal advertising. Dunno.

Some folks thought the grip was a bit bulky, and while I do prefer the slightly slimmer grip of the CS9 I've found the CS45's grip to perform well under actual shooting conditions.

Although I tend to prefer carrying my CS9, I've owned the CS45 longer and have done more shooting with it. That being the case, it seems that the more I shoot the CS45, the better I seem to shoot the slightly smaller, lesser recoiling CS9. ;)

I installed the Big Dot sight on my CS45 back when they were new (and the rear sight was only painted) under the Ashley Express name. If I had it to do over again, I think I'd go with the standard size front post dot, although I have to admit that the Big Dot is readily visible. ( ( ( (

As with other reduced size, fast cycling .45's it pays to keep your wrist locked and your grip firm.

No longer in the commercial catalog. Only in the LE/Gov catalog.

Handy little pistols.

January 1, 2008, 10:31 AM
I also have a CS45, not that many rounds through it yet, but shoots much nicer than you'd think for such a small .45
The grip, however, had to go...too big and bulky. I resized a plastic grip for it, and now it feels slim and nice, like it should have been in the first place.
It's not a looker, but feels 100% better.

January 1, 2008, 05:41 PM
I can only sing with the chorus. Regards, Richard:D

This is mine:

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