CZ-USA Announces The Shadow 2 OR, Factory Optics Ready Version

    CZ Shadow 2 Optics Ready

    CZ-USA has just announced the addition of the “Shadow 2 OR”, an Optics Ready version of their Shadow 2 competition pistol.  Competitors have already been getting their Shadow 2 slides milled for Red Dot Sights, but now they’ll have a factory option with with the Optics Ready package.  CZ states that the slide profile has been changed to accommodate the optics plates, so I’ve included a photo of the non-Optics Ready Shadow 2 below for comparison.

    CZ Shadow 2 Optics Ready

    CZ Shadow 2 OR without optics

    CZ Shadow 2 Optics Ready

    Shadow 2 Black & Blue, non-optics ready. Note the slide profile compared to the OR above

    You can read the announcement and specs below:

    The CZ Shadow 2 has been making waves in the competition world, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the CZ SP-01 Shadow, which dominated USPSA’s Production Division for a decade. With a robust and popular line of Shadow 2 variants, CZ-USA has announced an addition the line in the form of the CZ Shadow 2 Optics-Ready (OR). With a slide cut to accept a plate system, this competition-oriented pistol is able to accept a wide variety of today’s popular handgun optics.
    With the Shadow 2 reigning as the gun of choice for most competitors in Production Division, the Shadow 2 Optics-Ready is poised to do the same in USPSA’s Carry Optics division.
    Like the standard CZ Shadow 2, the Shadow 2 OR features a finely-tuned SA/DA trigger mechanism that provides a superior trigger pull and faster reset than the vast majority of comparable competition pistols available today. The slide and frame are hand-fit for exceptional accuracy, reliability and longevity. This hand-fitting coupled with a longer sight radius and an increase in weight over the original Shadow make Shadow 2 models even more shootable, increasing shooter speed and accuracy.
    CZ engineers retained the illustriously ergonomic grip profile first debuted 45 years ago with the CZ 75, while the addition of prominent checkering on frontstrap and backstrap help secure the Shadow 2 in a shooter’s hand. Its swappable magazine release  has an extended button that can be tuned to a shooter’s personal preference with three settings to accommodate differences in reach.
    Finished in a hardy nitride, Shadow 2 pistols are extremely resistant to corrosion, adverse weather, and mechanical damage. Frames receive an additional coat of CZ’s proprietary Polycoat, a stout shell developed for and used on CZ’s extensive line of service pistols.
    Given their accuracy, reliability and first-rate ergonomics, Shadow 2’s, including the new Shadow 2 OR, are fine choices for personal and home defense, too.
    The CZ SHADOW 2 family represents the new standard in large-capacity, all-steel pistols for modern sport shooting disciplines, including USPSA and IPSC events. Good shooters become better shooters with Shadow 2’s in hand, while very good shooters become exceptional shooters!
    CZ Shadow 2 OR Specs: 
    • SKU: 91251
    • Caliber: 9MM
    • Operation: Semi-Automatic
    • Frame: Steel
    • Trigger Mech: SA/DA
    • Grips: Aluminum
    • Barrel: Cold Hammer Forged
    • Barrel Length: 4.89 In.
    • Sights: Fiber Optic front, HAJO rear
    • Magazine Capacity: 19/10
    • Overall Length: 8.53 in
    • Height: 6.2 In.
    • Width: 1.34 In.
    • Weight: 46.5 Oz.
    • Safety: Manual with Safety Notch
    • Finish: Nitride
    • Includes cover plate, additional optic plates available
    • MSRP: $1549


    CZ Shadow 2 OR

    Neither the press release nor the website stated if there were any Red Dot Sights that users wouldn’t be able to mount.  You can check out CZ-USA’s website HERE, or the new Optics Ready page HERE, or their Instagram page.

    What do you think about the new CZ Shadow 2 Optics Ready offering?  For those that have been toying with getting a Shadow, do you think you’ll spring for the OR model?

    Doug E

    Doug has been a firearms enthusiast since age 16 after getting to shoot with a friend. Since then he’s taken many others out to the range for their first time. He is a husband, father, grandfather, police officer, outdoorsman, artist and a student of history. Doug has been a TFB reader from the start and is happy to be a contributor of content. Doug can be reached at battleshipgrey61 AT, or battleshipgrey61 on Instagram.