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S&w cs .45

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by DAKA, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. I saw one of these at a gun show and was interested, but it got sold ...anyone have any info about these?
  2. wrencher


    Sep 18, 2003
    I used to have one. It was a very reliable little 45, a great carry pistol.
    Snappy, but not abusive to shoot.
    I only sold mine because it was a touch too big for my hands.
    There's a guy on the S&W forum that reworks plastic grips for them so they are not so thick.

  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Good, solid pistols for sure
  4. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    I like them well enough that I put one on layaway yesterday. I am a bit biased though. I like all the 1st through 3rd generation S&W pistols. All the ones I have perform flawlessly. Like any other semi automatic change out the recoil springs from time to time.
  5. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I like them alot. A very nice sized pistol for concealment and for me, it points well.
  6. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    To save myself the time of trying to re-write some of the info I've included in other posts over on the S&W forum, I've listed some links. There are quite a number of threads from CS45 owners over there, if you want to Search for them.

    Overall, I've owned a stainless CS45 since they first introduced the stainless version (they were first released in black finish with a carbon steel slide).

    The early models had plastic sights and single (left) side manual safeties (decockers). Late production versions had steel Novak Low Mount type sights, ambi manual safeties.

    The CS45 remained a strong seller without advertising among LE users of 3rd gen guns, and even among folks using other makes/brands of guns (due to the solid reputation for reliability for an ultra-small .45).

    I also own an original early production 4513TSW (cutaway grip profile and similar 6-rd capacity as the CS45, but with a distinct difference in the mags from the CS45 mags, which are specific to each model). The felt recoil is a bit better in the 4513TSW, and the 3.75" TSW barrel (like the 457) adds another half inch over the 3.25" CS45 barrel.

    I also own a CS9, of a later production vintage, which I tend to like even better than the CS45.

    There was a CS40 produced for a while, but it went out-of-production when the company saw that less than 100 units had been ordered during what became its last production year. I never handled or used one of those, but I've been told the .40's felt recoil apparently made it a less popular choice than the 9/.45 models.
  7. kyarcher


    Oct 18, 2001
    I owned all three the CS9, CS40 and CS45 and loved them but ended up selling and trading over the years. Wished I had kept the 9mm.
  8. snorko

    snorko NRA Life Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    SW Indiana
    Black Dog Grips. Excellent product and they do take the thickness down significantly.
  9. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    I am a fan of the Smiths in 9mm and had my ".45" path" not gone anther direction, or two, I would have one. I may yet rectify that shortcoming.
  10. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    I've since picked mine up and had it to the range a few times. I like it very much, accurate and pretty soft shooting given the size and weight of the gun vs the chambering.


    This target was shot practicing Mozambique drills at 7 yds. Alternating between my CS45 and 4506.

  11. kyarcher


    Oct 18, 2001
    They are "Big Dog" grips not Black Dog unless there's two different folks we are talking about. He use to hang out a lot on the S&W Forum.
    Just do a search and you'll find him.
    Last edited: May 20, 2013