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SP-02 Shadow 2
- Blued/Blue Grips - $1315
- Blued/Urban Gray/Black Grips - $1295
CZ Shadow 2 represents the generation of today's legendary CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow. This weapon was developed in collaboration with the elite CZUB IPSC shooters to significantly contribute to speed and accuracy during competitions. Using the cutting-edge production equipment a pistol was born that pushes the boundaries of IPSC sports shooting even further.
The modernisation of all the principal parts of the weapon, i.e. the slide and the frame, together with the extended barrel, enables repeating single shots more rapidly and more dynamically. The shape of the frame facilitates a more comfortable higher grip towards the axis of the barrel, while the new checkering ensures an absolutely reliable contact with the weapon in any circumstances. The increased weight of the front part of the frame and the slide results in a higher level of compensation and a gentler recoil. The innovative trigger mechanism has a smooth action, a low resistance and a shortened trigger reset. The magazine catch is more easily accessible and is adjustable to three positions, which makes reloading safer and quicker even if the shooter is moving.
The extending of the barrel to 120 mm together with the new and longer height-adjustable sights also increases the overall accuracy of this weapon. The extremely precise and the fully automated technology for the production of the other major parts by utilising robotic machining centres without this involving any manual labour additionally contributes to the high quality of the weapon’s crafting. The Arcor finish that was inspired by the design of the service models ensures the weapon’s high resistance to corrosion, weathering or mechanical damage.
Every shooter is unique. This is why a wide variety of sports and custom accessories are available. During the testing period hundreds of thousands of rounds were fired under real competition conditions. In the same manner the CZ Shooting Team’s shooters in individual IPSC situations achieved a degree of acceleration in units of seconds as compared using the original model of the Shadow. At the beginning suggestions and ideas were provided by the best IPSC shooters on the planet. At the conclusion of more than two years of the research and development process there is now a unique new weapon, which will inevitably become the rightful successor to the original model. The CZ Shadow 2 is now really competition ready!
The CZ Shadow 2
The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow pistol has been a tremendous success for Česká zbrojovka. It has raised the bar to soaring heights and for some time there have rumours that the product managers from Uherský Brod have set their hearts on a new sport pistol. Their ambition was to raise the bar even higher. However, as to how the Uherský Brod company wanted to achieve it remained a closely guarded secret for a long time. That is until the spring of 2016, when the new model the CZ Shadow 2, was introduced.
To beat the Shadow? Well, good luck to you, I thought to myself when I first heard about it. The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow was created ten years ago by tuning the excellent CZ 75 SP-01 with much care and attention to detail to fulfil the needs of sports shooters as best as possible. To name just a few innovations: enhanced ergonomics, improved trigger and striker mechanism with exceptionally smooth operation, absent automatic firing pin block safety, extended magazine release, wide control surface for the ambidextrous manual safety, a second mainspring with different characteristics as a standard, foresight with optical fibre, extended rear sight, magazine well with a chamfered edge, etc.
The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow is simply an excellent SA/DA all-steel 9x19 (9x21) calibre pistol. It has become a favourite for many elite shooters from the IPSC Production Division, the CZ Shooting team included. With this gun its members shot into the top positions of the most important national and international competitions. And what is more, the Shadow has been gathering brownie points on the service market too.
How to improve perfection
Why improve the Shadow? Well, that is quite clear. This model has been the best on the market in its category for a long time, but competition does not sleep. Though, to improve something already perfect is another thing.
When I became interested in the origins of the CZ Shadow 2, I learned that the development team first spent ages collecting and evaluating findings obtained from the use of the CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow. The CZ Shooting Team proved to be an invaluable source of information and advice. Its members have hundreds of thousands of spent cartridges from the Shadow 1 behind them, they represent the elite target audience and they have expressed great enthusiasm towards this task. After all, it’s no wonder, the new CZ Shadow 2 will be their ally (and possibly a winning one) in many competitions to come.
Therefore the main goal was finding the weaknesses in the Shadow 1. To be honest, in this case it was more about identifying design points and properties that would bring the pistol to another level. At the same time, it was necessary to bear in mind that the new Shadow 2 should remain affordable even to a fledgling shooter despite all the changes and improvements. And it has.