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CZ Shadow 2 CZ Shadow 2 in the box CZ Shadow 2 back lit
CZ Shadow 2 CZ Shadow 2 in the box CZ Shadow 2 back lit
  • Match trigger
  • Low bore axis
  • Low recoil
  • Extended beavertail
  • MSRP
  • Heavy
  • Not great for low-light, home defense situations
Editor’s Note:

“The CZ Shadow 2 boasts legendary accuracy, reliability, and shootability. Its ergonomics, phenomenal trigger, and added weight help make this one of the flattest, easiest shooting pistols on the market. If you are looking for an off the shelf ready competition gun, home-defense gun, or a fun range toy, there are few guns that do it better than the Shadow 2.” – Johnny B.

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Product Description

With an improved trigger and updated ergonomics over its predecessor, the SP-01 Shadow, the Shadow 2 has become the most dominant force in the competition shooting world. This pistol is great for anyone who is considering competing or is simply looking for a range toy that gives you that custom gun feel.

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CZ Shadow 2 Specs

Double/Single Action / Semi-Auto
Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
Magazine Included
1 x 19-Round / 2 x 17-Round / 3 x 17-Round / Yes
Magazine Type
Detachable / Removable
9mm Luger
Front Sight
Adjustable / Fiber Optic / Fiber Optic, Halo
Rear Sight
Adjustable / Fiber Optic / Fiber Optic, Halo
Overall Length
NA / Plain
Stock Material
Aluminum / NA / Polymer
2.9 lbs / 2.90625
Fiber Optic
Manual / NA / Yes
Black / Grey

CZ Shadow 2 Features

Fiber optic front sight, fully adjustable rear sight
Low profile and extended ambidextrous safety options
Cold hammer forged barrel
Swappable and adjustable magazine release button
Match grade trigger

By The Numbers - CZ Shadow 2

Extreme accuracy
Ready to tackle any competition
Plenty of aftermarket
Heavy, but feels great in the hand

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Beretta 92X Performance


Beretta’s 92X Performance builds on the 92 platform but elevates performance with out-of-the-box ready competition features. The Extreme S trigger feels like a dream while the gun itself brings fast cycling to the table. It’s hefty, so be prepared for that, but at the end of the day, you want that in a competition gun for recoil purposes. All in all, this is a solid shooter.

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Canik TP9SFX

Canik TP9SFX


The Canik TP9SFX is a true competition-ready pistol with a price tag that won’t break the bank. For under $600, you get a pistol that is absolutely packed with features. From its crisp trigger, its extended controls, to its ability to mount most standard micro red dots, the TP9SFX is more than willing to stand up against its higher-priced competitors. You aren’t likely to find a more accurate and easy shooting gun for the price, and if you are looking to dip your toes into competitive shooting or just want a great shooting range gun or home defense pistol, the TP9SFX might be the ticket.

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CZ P-01

CZ P-01


“The CZ P-01 is a small pistol that doesn’t know it. Most smaller guns feel like small guns, but CZ found the magic though and built the P-01 so that it’s smaller but doesn’t feel like it. Between an excellent cold hammer-forged barrel and outstanding design, it is the most accurate compact I have in my safe. While there is an argument to be made that it isn’t as important as some might claim it is, the P-01 has a very low bore axis. Combined with the metal frame and it simply eats recoil. Everything about the P-01 adds up to being a great pistol.” – David Lane

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final verdict

“With a strong competition lineage dating back to the original CZ-75, the CZ Shadow 2 is no stranger to high round counts, exceptional accuracy, reliability, great ergonomics, and bringing home the gold. Although the Shadow 2 is an extremely heavy gun, coming in at 46.5 ounces, this is part of what makes it such a pleasant shooting experience. The extreme weight of the gun, combined with its extended beavertail and undercut trigger guard, makes this gun a breeze to shoot and seemingly impossible to miss with. There is plenty of aftermarket to tune this gun to any shooter’s preference. But for me, I found that a new set of palm swell grips was all I needed to feel completely dialed in. The only downside to this gun is the cost, but trust me, saving for this bad boy is well worth it.” – Johnny B.

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