Brand New Pistol: CZ Shadow 2

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CZ (ČESKÁ ZBROJOVKA) will have a press conference on the 4:th of march at the IWA OutdoorClassics Exhibition in Germany (Europe’s SHOT Show). We already know that they will be showing the new CZ Shadow 2 pistol, and it looks great by judging from the pictures. I bet their booth will be crowded when they baptize the Shadow at 14:00 hours local time, but I will try to be there and cover the unveiling for TFB.

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The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow pistol has been a huge success for CZ, but the competition in IPSC Production is fierce and it is now time for a new upgraded model.

The new model has been in R&D for over 2 years. The focus has been to improve factors like Speed, Accuracy, Durability and Customization

Some of the improvements are a higher grip towards the axis of the barrel, new shape of the safety catch and an adjustable magazine catch. I’m sure the adjustability will be appreciated by some shooters, as it looks like it could go off quite easily and unexpected.

The rear sight is adjustable too and the front sight consists if a 1 mm fibre optic.

I think the main competition today is coming from Tanfoglio, like the Stock II and III Extreme for instance.

We could always argue how “Production” like these pistols are…but I look forward to trying the new Shadow 2 anyway and I’m sure it will be a huge success for CZ. New production lines and systems can actually allow for a higher degree of customization, while keeping the “production” possibilities and guns are no different.

Just compare how automotive manufacturers greatly have reduced the need for aftermarket and tuner modifications like stereos, wheels and other custom looks and colors. The producer becomes the tuner. We all like to be individual, and the original manufacturer sees no reason to give away this market to others. In the Production division most of the tuning wouldn’t be division legal anyway unless it’s OEM.

In any case, I bet I would have hit the steel from 25 yards easier with the Shadow 2 than with my Glock 17 on this weekend’s IPSC competition…I just hope they can make a flat trigger.

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According to the catalogue, the CZ Shadow 2 is registered for use in the Production Division shooting under the IPSC rules and meets the legal standards of Canada and Australia with barrel length and magazine capacity.

The catalogue also mentions “DURING TESTING, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ROUNDS WERE FIRED UNDER REAL COMPETITION CONDITIONS. IN THE SAME MANNER, COMPARED TO USING THE ORIGINAL SHADOW MODEL, THE MEMBERS OF THE CZ SHOOTING TEAM ACHIEVED A DEGREE OF ACCELERATION IN UNITS OF SECONDS IN INDIVIDUAL IPSC SITUATIONS.”

Now if this is true – which I don’t think – I’m definetly getting the new Shadow!

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There is more to come from CZ – on the 40:th anniversary of the IPSC shooting sports there will be a special edition introduced to the market.

The current IPSC Production list can be found here.

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For more information on the second Shadow please check page 44 and onwards in the CZ 2016 catalogue.

There is also more information on the CZ homepage and rumors of an online configurator which seems to be offline at the moment. (or I didn’t find it)

THERE IS A WIDE SELECTION OF VARIOUS SAFETY MECHANISMS, GRIP PANELS, HAMMERS, TRIGGERS, RECOIL SPRINGS OR MAINSPRINGS. FOR THE ORIGINAL SHADOW YOU WERE EVEN ABLE TO OPT FOR THE SA. WE SHALL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT WILL APPEAR IN THE MENU FOR ITS SUCCESSOR.”

Like I mentioned: “Production” division, but I guess as long as we continue to shoot and compete it’s all fine. I love the blue anodizing and I’ll have my Shadow 2 with a flat trigger. Thanks CZ!

 

 

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The new CZ Shadow 2

Technical Data:

CALIBRE: 9×19 mm (9x21mm)

FRAME: Steel:

GRIPS: Aluminium

TRIGGER: SA/DA

SIGHTS: Adjustable

OVERALL LENGTH (MM): 217

BARREL LENGTH (MM): 119

HEIGHT (MM): 158

WIDTH (MM); 34

WEIGHT (G) 1330 (1,3 kg)

SAFETY FEATURES: Manual safety, safety lug

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Let us know what you think in the comments below.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • HKmaster

    What’s the name of the girl on the poster? 😉

    • Erik B

      If I find her in the CZ booth at IWA I will ask…

  • Harrison Jones

    CZ is offering the most factory options and configurations of any manufacturer out there(at least in double stack 9s). They seem very well positioned to take over a larger segment of the market.

    • Giolli Joker

      Given their better exposition in the US, yes, you’re probably right; however in Europe Tanfoglio offers a very wide range as well, as properly pointed out in the article.

      • Harrison Jones

        I’m not familar with Tanfoglio’s european lineup but CZ offers lots of great carry sized gun with full sized siblings. The CCW sized guns are what can help them grow here.

      • Spencerhut

        Why buy a 2nd rate copy when you can get the real thing?

        • Mack

          I don’t know how many tanfoglio’s you have shot, but i would not call them second rate. They have very nice pistols.

          • Spencerhut

            I’ve shot and worked on many. Second rate junk next to real CZ’s.

          • Mack

            No they are not real CZ’s but I have had excellent luck with tanfoglio, can’t go wrong with them and they do beat CZ price point.

          • Spencerhut

            They are great for people too cheap to buy the real thing. Sort of like a Chinese Rolex.

          • Mack

            What ever you have to tell yourself sir to justify spending more.

          • MeaCulpa

            Dude, it’s a genuine Relox.

          • iksnilol

            Pfft, even a genuine Rolex isn’t that good.

            Nowadays they are more image than quality. People buy a Rolex because it is a Rolex. Not because it is a good watch.

          • oldman

            I guess you ever tried dealing with their customer service. Dealing with the IRS is both easer and much more fun.

          • Mack

            can’t say i have ever needed to deal with them. Never had a problem.

          • oldman

            The issues seem to be with their big bore pistoles the slides tend to crack at the ejector port my best friend had this happen to his 10mm. It took 6 or 7 months to finally resolve the issue.

          • Mack

            I have read about those problems. But on my 10mm witness i installed the heavier recoil spring and have had zero issues with cracking.

            As of right now i have between me and my father.

            3 Witness P-S 9mm
            2 Pavona Arms 9mm
            1 Witness P 10mm
            1 Witness Match 38 Super

            We like them very much.

          • oldman

            Hmm May have ben improperly heat treated batch of slides or just the stile of slide I don’t know. Every one I know that has had the issue had it with the big bore models their 9mms run great.

          • Edeco

            Woah, that’s good to know. I have a CZ-inspired pistol I like and was blown away by the feel of a Witness Hunter. Probably have never gotten to it and would’ve checked reviews before buying, but this saves me the mental energy of somewhat craving one.

          • oldman

            Go to a range and try one. The 9mm guns run great and after my friend got the gun repaired it has ben reliable his issue is with their customer service. He has two in 9mm he uses all the time never a problem.

          • Edeco

            Well, my CZ-inspired thing is in 40, a similar steel frame in 9mm would be heavy for my taste, and redundant. So the only thing Tanfoglio can do for me would be a 10mm, which, if they have service-life issues…

  • Nicks87

    Damn, that’s sexy… The pistol, I mean.

  • Don Ward

    EHRMAGOD!!! SHE HAS HER FINGER ON THE TRIGGER OF THAT WEAPON!!!!!11!!! wHERE DOES SHE eVEN OPERATE???

    *Punches red button*

    *Siren sounds*

    ASSEMBLE TFB PEDANTIC COMMENTS ACTION FORCE!!!

    • Nicks87

      Pedantic comments, hmm? What was that saying about the pot and the kettle?

      • Jwedel1231

        It’s listed right below “self-deprecation”.

    • Joseph Smith

      There’s a gun in that pic?
      I’ve got some bad news for you Don…

    • mazkact

      More improtantly Her thumb is on top of the safety, right where GOD and JMB decided it should be.

  • john huscio

    Liz traded in her Glock for a CZ? Reds not gonna like this……

  • Vitsaus

    Taking a page out of SIG’s book. The worst page.

    • Sam

      How so?

  • Patrick the Canadian

    Flat triggers could be installed but won’t be legal, turns the guns into an SAO and I’d never want a flat trigger on a DA/SA gun…

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      What? I guess I have quite a few illegal guns then. I like flat faced triggers.

      • Patrick the Canadian

        In IPSC Production division, your first shot must be DA, the only flat trigger that CZ makes renders the gun into a SAO pistol, henceforth, making it illegal in IPSC Production division.

        • Hensley Beuron Garlington

          Oh, in competition! Thanks for clarifying. I was wondering what you were thinking.

    • James

      Huh?

  • Phillip Shen

    Jeez Louise that’s a nice looking CZ

  • Vizzini

    That first picture looks great. Is there a gun in it?

  • JSIII

    TAKE MY MONEY!

  • JohnnyBGood

    want.

  • Even without lady hand, that pistol appears huge.

  • Sam

    I think if it was Roman numeral II it’d look better.

  • Lt_Scrounge

    I don’t care as much about the gun, I want one of those new safeties for my CZ 75 B and my Tristar C100. I tore up my thumb on the little one while shooting at Front Sight last May. I eventually went to using my support hand thumb to operate it. Probably a lot safer since it meant that the gun was definitely pointed down range before the safety was disengaged.