I am sure many of you have heard of “CZ” from the world renowned SMG the “CZ Scorpion EVO”, but how many of you know that CZ made more than just guns for the tactical world?
In the competition world such as IPSC, USPSA, IDPA, and to some extent 3-Gun, CZ has dominated the field with the CZ Shadow as its Production Division workhorse. Based on the CZ 75 platform and favored for its no nonsense, straightforward design, the Shadow was the choice of many shooters around the world. After years of extensive use on the competition circuit and not resting on its laurels, CZ decided to up it’s game in 2016 with a major update to secure it’s dominance in the competitive shooting world. The culmination of all their improvements, thought, and experience resulted in this Shadow 2. And this couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, with competitive shooting styles spilling over onto the big screen – and we have movies such as the John Wick series to thank for popularizing this.
The CZ Shadow 2, there’s a lot of gun here. This is a gun that’s designed to be more akin to a race car and deserved to be ran hard like one. There has been much chatter about rifles lately which makes me feel so excited to be able to talk about a pistol with you and not just any pistol but one I have been looking forward to talking about for some time.
The CZ Shadow 2 is the latest gas pistol from ASG and before we get into the details of the gun there is something to be appreciated about how CZ designs their pistols. No matter it be their latest striker fire pistols or their legendary CZ 75 line, CZ guns have always looked good and distinct, the Shadow 2 is no different.
Right away you are going to be drawn into the gun by their brightly colored grips which are in stark contrast to its anodized black frame. The gun will come with these cool electric blue grips but we changed ours to red cuz you know “Redwolf” *wink wink* The grips are metal and feature nice checkering, aggressive but not going to rip your palms to shreds.
The gun is full metal and when i say that, I am not joking, its full metal to the point of it being pretty heavy. To give you some idea, it is listed that the real steel gun is 46.5oz or 1.32kgs, this airsoft version is 44.3oz or 1.26kg and for MORE perspective, that means this gun by itself is heavier than the Umarex Glock 17 PLUS THE WEIGHT OF ITS BOX COMBINED which comes in at 29.3oz or 0.83kg. So you are getting a gun that weighs extremely close to the real one.
There are other features that make it a standout option when you are thinking about going fast and being accurate. The first thing you will notice is the extremely low bore access meaning the gun’s barrel is able to sit as low as possible, usually this helps with better recoil control and on this airsoft gun it make the pointing of this pistol feel exceptionally nimble. Combining this with the fact that the slide sits on the INSIDE of the frame instead of the outside, what you get is a slide and frame that fits almost seamlessly together.
The slide itself is an update over the previous Shadow, as many shooters complained about how the first Shadow lacked any “real” front and rear serrations. That slide was also more rounded, making it, at times, a little bit harder to manipulate. The Shadow 2, not only has a more angular slide profile but also features more aggressive slide serrations up front and at the rear. The angular design not only looks modern but takes off some excess material, essentially making it even lighter. The controls of the pistol are very similar to the Shadow 1 but now they are lower profile, making it less of an issue of accidentally pressing on controls.
Internally, the pistol can be duel powered, which means it can use both green gas and Co2, you simply need the corresponding magazines. we have here today is green gas powered but there is also a CO2 model. The hop up is TM style which means its compatible with other accessories on the market designed for the Tokyo Marui hop up. You can access said hop up by removing the slide, and adjusting the dial as necessary. While we are on the topic of “compatibility” the gun can also use previous Shadow 1 mags
Finally you will see that this pistol comes with a single notch accessory rail for you to mount lights or lasers if you need to use this pistol for more tactical applications or your competition division allows it.
The gun cycles very quickly and with that added weight you barely feel any recoil at all. The pistol's basic lack of recoil impulse helps to the overall handling of the pistol which translates into tighter groupings. The Shadow two also features outstanding ergonomics. The undercut is extremely high and the beaver tail is designed in such a way where it almost feels like it comfortably pushes down into your hand while you are able to get incredibly high at the undercut.
In summary, I think the Shadow 2 is truly a pistol that deserves a “2” in their name, the upgrades done to this pistol are thoughtful and incredibly purpose driven and in terms of looks the gun is a stark refresh over the first Shadow, a worthy sequel.
Are there things I don’t like? Yes. The plastic base plate on the bottom of the mag cheapens the look of the overall package and the worlds “Plus 2” written on it really makes the whole thing look a bit hoaky, almost like it was an after thought. I also do wish that they would have at least used an enlarged safety instead of the flush one for you to actuate it easier and use it as a thumb rest. But this is just me really trying to reach for things and knit pick.
After all, the Airsoft Surgeon seemed to like the gun, I really enjoyed shooting the gun but I guess it all comes down to how you feel? For you competition shooters out there, would you consider picking one of these up for the competition circuit? Or if you are just like me and just enjoy shooting in general, would you guys consider picking one up? Let me know all that in the comment section, lets get a chat going!
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