Has anyone done a comparison of a Glock Model 26 9mm with a Smith & Wesson Chief's 9mm Model CS9?
I think the CS9 is slightly shorter but weights about 2 onces more. I am interested more in the versitility and shooting characteristics comparision.
I have not been able to find a CS9 to my own range shootout.
Similar in some ways, dissimilar in others ...
I find the CS9 is much less susceptible to grip stability issues than the G26. The G26's ejection pattern can send an errant empty case into my face, chest or right past my ear if my grip becomes a bit less firm, while the CS9 will consistently send them off to the right, in my hands.
The G26 seems to cycle a bit less briskly than the CS9. This is likely because of the stronger captive dual recoil spring assembly in the G26. The CS9 uses a short single, flat-wound recoil spring which isn't captive. I replace the CS9 recoil spring more often than I do in the G26.
The Glock Safe Action (constant double action) trigger of the G26 is much different than the traditional double action (DA/SA) trigger of the CS9. This is probably going to be a personal preference and/or training issue for most folks, albeit an important one. The CS9's traditional double action has a longer, heavier initial DA trigger stroke followed by a shorter, faster-resetting SA trigger stroke. The cocked hammer is intended to be decocked by depressing a safety/decocking lever on the slide, which is then raised to return the pistol to the ready-to-fire condition.
The slide of the G26 is a bit longer and blockier than the CS9's, but the length of the CS9 frame's grip tang makes it about the same overall length. The CS9 has a taller grip profile. This is another subjective, personal preference issue.
The magazine design and capacity issue is a bit different. The G26 has the standard plastic clad, metal-lined double column Glock magazine with a 10-rd capacity, while the CS9 has a stainless steel, single column 7-rd capacity magazine.
I find the loaded weight of them to be similar when it comes to 'heft'. The G26 will probably end up weighing a bit more loaded, as weighing both of them empty (with magazine) I get weights of 1 lb 6 7/8oz (CS9) and 1 lb 5 5/8oz (G26). The weight of the ammunition will add another 3-4 ounces, though ... with 7 rounds of 147gr USA9JHP2 ammunition weighing in at 3 3/8oz and 10 rounds at 4 7/8oz, for example.
The CS9 has a 3" barrel of conventional design and the G26 has a 3.46" barrel with a hexagonal profile.
Clickable images (to enlarge) of a G26 & CS9. The G26 magazine has a Pearce base installed.
You can barely see the shorter (height) rear backstrap of the G26 grip peeking out from behind the CS9 grip backstrap
You can barely see the top of the CS9's rear sight above the G26 slide