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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The new CZ Shadow 2
CALIBRE: 9×19 mm (9x21mm)
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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