Check out the CZ Custom Shadow 2 and New CZ 75 Semi-Compact!

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The Shadow 2 Polycoat is tasked for competition. (Photo: CZ Custom/Facebook)

CZ Custom is rolling out two new and updated pistols for the U.S. market this Spring. One is a production-ready competition pistol at a great price and the other is a flexible all-purpose pistol for self-defense.

First up is the updated Shadow 2 Polycoat, a worthy successor to the original Shadow competition pistol. This gun has a full-size steel frame with an extended, single-slot dust cover. This helps bring the overall weight up to a solid 46 ounces dry for fast, flat shooting.

Chambered for 9mm Luger, the Shadow 2 comes with three flush-fitting 17-round competition magazines. Of course, it also runs great on standard extended CZ 75 mags, too.

Other great competition features include a slim fiber-optic front sight and height-adjustable target rear sight. The pistol has front and rear cocking serrations on the slide along with extended controls including a generously oversized magazine release.

The frame sports a set of flush-fitting machined aluminum grips with a matte black finish to match the frame. Both the front- and backstrap have fine checkering for improved handling. It also has a nice beavertail and a large square, undercut trigger guard for a high-up grip.

Internally CZ Custom left the Shadow 2 Polycoat alone — this lets buyers tune the trigger to their personal preferences. Just the same the pistol comes standard with a skeletonized competition trigger and pre-B disconnector to improve the trigger in single action. The single action trigger has a light 3.5-pound pull with standard springs. The double action trigger weighs in at 10 pounds before any work.

With a base price of $1,299 the Shadow 2 Polycoat is not cheap but it is inexpensive for its class. While it will clearly shine with a little extra trigger work overall it stays inside a good price range for a top-flight competition pistol. And of course, CZ Custom is happy to provide any trigger tuning for a little extra.

The Semi-Compact is for someone looking for their “one gun.” (Photo: CZ/Facebook)

The second pistol is the new Semi-Compact. Shooting icon Jeff Cooper famously said “Beware the man with one gun. He can probably use it.” The CZ 75 Semi-Compact is true to that ideal.

The Semi-Compact pairs a compact slide assembly with a full-size CZ 75 B frame. This handgun is tailored for everyday carry and nightstand duty with a few competition-oriented features making it a real do-everything pistol.

The shorter slide and barrel is easier to conceal, and so is the standard short dust cover. The Semi-Compact is compatible with all standard CZ Compact holsters. To make up for the shorter sight radius the Semi-Compact has an extended rear tactical sight and high-visibility fiber optic target front sight.

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The full-size frame offers a generous four-fingered grip and improved magazine capacity. CZ Compact pistols have a 14+1-round capacity with flush mags. The Semi-Compact uses standard 16-round CZ 75 magazines and can use extended magazines for home protection and competition.

The Semi-Compact is a factory-tuned gun with a lightened trigger. The single action trigger is a predictable 4 pounds and in double action the trigger pull is very manageable at 8 pounds.

While it’s a little more expensive at $1,482 these guns will still move fast. Whether you’re interested in the competition-minded CZ Shadow 2 Polycoat or the all-purpose Semi-Compact act fast because these custom CZs never last long.

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  • john mirande April 5, 2017, 10:52 pm

    I am only buying Made in America unless curio.
    If Mr. Trump is trying I support him, 100%.

    • john mirande April 5, 2017, 10:53 pm

      CZ is not Made in USA or I would buy the Scoprian Carbine.

  • Michael April 2, 2017, 4:58 pm

    The slide and barrel have never been the parts with a concealment issue, unless you’re talking about an 8″+ barrel. It’s always the grip that sticks out. I’m surprised after all these years to see that issue ignored. That SEMI COMPACT is compact in the wrong place.

  • Jack April 2, 2017, 7:29 am

    I never used one of their handguns but have several of their rifles, top quality and the best factory trigger I’ve ever used.

  • David April 1, 2017, 8:03 am

    I’m a big CZ fan and like most things about this gun, except the price and the use of the slide as a “bill board” (SEMI COMPACT). Why do handgun manufacturers feel like they must fill every available space on their product and end trashing up an otherwise good looking handgun? Same goes for the Shadow 2 as well as its “Zorro” reminiscent 2 on the Shadow’s grips. Clean is good; subtlety is good.

  • davud April 1, 2017, 2:35 am

    a $1300 pistol that’s not a 1911 that needs ‘a little extra trigger work’? are you kidding me?

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