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Finally got the S&W CS45 to the range

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by deltaroc, Dec 31, 2007.

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  1. deltaroc

    deltaroc Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    Upstate, NY
    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!
  2. fastbolt

    fastbolt Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Within the lightning
    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.
  3. wrench

    wrench Member

    Jan 23, 2004
    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.
  4. Richard

    Richard Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Southeastern Michigan
    I can only sing with the chorus. Regards, Richard:D

    This is mine:
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