New Multi-Role MR918 9mm Pistol from Shadow Systems

    Shadow Systems' MR918

    Shadow Systems' MR918 and MR918 Elite (Shadow Systems Corp)

    Texas-based Glock custom parts maker Shadow Systems has introduced their first proprietary pistol design. The MR918 will be available in two models, Combat and Elite. Chambered in 9x19mm, Shadow Systems describe the MR918 as a “true multi-role” pistol. Shadow Systems announcement joins ZEV, another Glock custom parts maker, who also recently announced the launch of their first proprietary pistol – the O.Z-9.


    The new MR918 (Shadow Systems)

    Here’s what Shadow Systems have to say about their new line:

    The MR918 name comes from the idea of creating a true “multi-role” pistol. The size and operating system are inspired by the Glock Gen4 G19 model, but many aspects have been completely redesigned. In particular, the frame features a new approach to interchangeable backstraps, called the NPOA system for “Natural Point of Aim.” Shadow ignored the conventional “small, medium, and large” approach and opted for backstraps that fundamentally change the bore orientation of the pistol. Included with the pistol is a high, neutral, and low backstrap; each backstrap’s name corresponds to how it orients the muzzle relative to the shooter’s hand.

    Chad Jewett, Shadow National Sales Manager, notes: “Many people find Glocks point high for them. Others love it. We have a High backstrap for Glock lovers, a Neutral backstrap that matches our custom Glocks with a backstrap reduction, and a Low backstrap that brings the muzzle down even further like a 1911 with a flat mainspring housing. Each one makes the gun point totally differently so you can find what matches your natural point of aim.”

    Shadow has incorporated many of the customer-favorite extras found on their current custom pistols including front and rear directional serrations, optic cuts, window cuts, stainless guide rods, and flat-faced triggers. Every pistol also includes a proprietary removable magazine well at no extra charge for those who want to improve their reload speed. Surprisingly, the pistols feature reasonable price points in the $799-999 range.

    General Manager, Trevor Roe, explains: “From the beginning, our goal was to give the consumer a bet-your-life reliable, feature-packed pistol for under $1K. We’ve invested a ton to get here and have incorporated lean manufacturing practices to control cost. The result is the highest value, U.S. produced handgun in existence. It’s a no brainer when the next best thing might be $1,000 more.”

    The MR918 is available in “Combat” and “Elite” versions, with or without optic cuts. All models feature a match grade, spiral-fluted barrel with either a premium bronze Titanium CarboNitride finish or black DLC finish. All slides feature a black DLC finish. All models also include three NPOA backstraps, a detachable magazine well, and a zippered range bag.

    The new pistols are available for pre-order now and Shadow Systems hope to ship the first MR918 pistols in March 2019. Find out more over on Shadow Systems’ site, and check them out at SHOT at Booth N303.

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