I could put this in the 3rd Gen Forum but it rightly belongs here.
I was visiting a friend over the weekend and I brought my recently acquired CS-9 to show him. He had a Beretta Px4 Storm Compact so I put them side by side - much to my surprise they were nearly identical in size!!
The two biggest differences were that (1) empty of ammunition the CS-9 is a balanced gun while the Storm is top heavy because the polymer frame simply cannot match the weight of the steel slide and (2) the Storm's grip is thicker because it holds a double stack magazine, giving it twice the firepower of the CS-9. We were at my friend's home so no loading happened so I have no shooting comparison.
What I liked about the Storm was that it is a traditional double action with a decocker, like a 3rd Gen S&W. If I had known this earlier I might not have searched as hard for a CS-9, although I am glad that I did. It's just somewhat thinner and feels more natural because I am used to shooting a CS-45. But I was pleased to discover that such guns are still being made, even if it is not by S&W (and more's the pity!). [Well, I guess I knew that SIG still makes them, too.]
Aiming them at a distant target was similar, too - the sights lined up the same for me with both guns. I wish we could have gone shooting but nobody was actually well enough for that, including me.
Interestingly, I can get all my fingers around the grip of the CS-9. That could be because of the custom stocks (I forget the name of the guy who made them - they were very popular and discussed elsewhere on the Forum). The Storm had a little surprise for me in that department. My pinky finger kind of fell off the end but the magazine has a little lip that if you push down extends it and VOILA!!! My fingers all fit. Very cool concept. If you have large hands, well, it's an issue.
So, a "handling" report, not a shooting report. Best I can do today.
Px4 Storm Compact
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