Welcome everyone to the 109th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.
In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, surprisingly decided the custom Calico was fudd crap.
In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a custom Shadow Systems MR920L. As is tradition, this skull-themed gat is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $899.99 Starting Bid or $1,099.99 Buy It Now.
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP?
Skull Crusher or Soul-Crushing?
Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:
“Man, that’s a steal, just three more skulls would’ve bumped the cost up considerably.” – Doug E.
“At just under $58 per skull, it really is a bargain. LOL JK” – Nick C.
Selling this skull-clad gat is GunBroker seller SOTUSA, located in Fountain Hills AZ. Let’s see what they had to say about this custom MR920L.
Note: Item description has been truncated to save length. For the full item description please visit the listing here.
SOT CUSTOM WORKS SHADOW SYSTEMS 9MM MR920L ELITE OR SPIRAL FLUTED BLACK SS-1028 CERAKOTED
The long-slide MR920L is built on the compact-sized MR920 frame. The MR920L has noticeably less muzzle rise than the MR920. Interchangeable backstraps allow shooters to adjust the grip angle to fit their natural point of aim. When paired with the extended beavertail and aggressive trigger guard undercut, the MR920L offers optimal recoil control. The frame’s wrap-around grip texture is aggressive enough to keep the gun firmly in the shooter’s grip without being uncomfortable for daily wear.
The full-length MR920L slide features directional serrations in the front, rear, and topside, a weight-optimized window cut, and a thinned profile at grasping locations.
The match-grade barrel is conventionally rifled, spiral-fluted to improve evacuation of debris, and available threaded or unthreaded.
The drop-safe, flat-faced aluminum trigger has a 4.5-5.0 lbs trigger pull and a crisp, tactile reset. The MR920L Elite features a patent-pending optic cut that allows shooters to mount the mini red dot optic of their choosing. The optic cut on the MR920L can accommodate most major brands of RDS optics directly mounted to the slide, without intervening plates or adapters.*
The frame is the heart of the pistol and the key to controllability when shooting. Our design works to get the frame ultra-low in the hand, with an extended, upswept beavertail and a dramatic trigger guard undercut. The frame features a wrap-around texture which is aggressive enough to give a positive grip in all weather without being uncomfortable for daily carry. Shadow Systems frames incorporate a textured recoil control ledge for the support-hand thumb to engage, which vastly reduces muzzle rise between shots and allows for faster follow-up shots.
It’s no secret at this point that the patent on the Gen3 Glock has now expired. With this comes a whole new generation of pistols that have all the Glock features, use Glock mags, and well, just look like a Glock. At least some more than others.
I first encountered Shadow Systems at SHOT 2020’s Industry Day at the Range and had an opportunity to shoot some of their pistols. Albeit the ones I shot looked slightly different than this one. Overall I like their design with its larger beavertail and interchangeable backstraps. Would I go as far as to
skull coat Cerakote one into oblivion? Probably not.
Shadow Systems’ website does not indicate an MSRP on the MR920L Elite due to high demand. Looking over the rest of the internet, and it looks like these sell for roughly $1k. So is this one worth it being potentially $100 cheaper? Or would you rather not be seen with this at your local FFL? As always I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide.
What do you think? Is this custom MR920L a Hot Gat or skull covered Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this Custom Shadow Systems MR920L Elite is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap: