February 1999

Less Gun, More Fun! S&W’s CS9 9mm Carries and Competes Well

We think the CS9 and Glockís Model 26 run neck and neck as personal-defense/paper-punching pistols, with Kahrís K9 right behind. Also, Wilsonís $748 Kahr upgrade is nice, but pricey.

It has come to our attention that there is indeed a rift between stalwarts of practical shooting. USPSA/IPSC approaches the sport in a freewheeling manner, with eyes toward raising the level of its game to that of an Olympic sport. The International Defensive Pistol Association would rather have its matches looked upon as training for life-threatening situations. Attending matches held under the auspices of each of these organizations has led us to believe that each brand of practical match has value as training and entertainment. Whereas the IDPA insists on carry-suitable guns and holsters, it is most easy to succeed in these matches with a pistol that would also be competitive at a USPSA/I...

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