First Look: CZ Shadow 2 Compact

by Braxton Taylor

CZ has recently released a compact, aluminum framed version of its traditional double action/single action, steel-framed competition pistol, the CZ Shadow 2. The standard CZ Shadow 2 typically measures 8.53 inches overall and weighs 46.5 ounces. The new CZ Shadow 2 Compact is smaller and lighter, only 7.5 inches long and, at 30 ounces, weighing nearly 1 pound less, creating a lighter handling pistol with all the accuracy of its larger cousin. The new pistol is also slightly thinner, measuring 1.38 inches compared to the 1.41-inch width of the larger pistol. Shooters will find the same great sight picture of the original Shadow 2, with a 1 mm fiber optic front and serrated rear HAJO sights. In addition to this, the new Shadow 2 Compact’s slide is optics-ready right from the factory.

The new CZ Shadow 2 Compact is built around the same ergonomics and trigger system that CZ pistols are known for. Besides the shape of the pistol grip and the deeply undercut trigger guard, the slide and barrel sit low inside the frame rails to mitigate muzzle rise. The Shadow 2 has a traditional double action/single action trigger without a decocker, meaning the hammer must be lowered manually to be use the double action on the first shot. There is, however, a manual safety for use when carried as a single-action gun.

CZ Shadow 2 Compact Specifications

  • Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
  • Sights: Fiber optic front sight, checkered rear sight
  • Height: 5.4 inches
  • Length: 7.5 inches
  • Width: 1.38 inches
  • Weight: 30 ounces
  • Trigger pull: 3.4 pounds single action, 10.3 pounds double action
  • Trigger travel: .11 inches single action, .19 inches double action
  • Frame: Aluminum alloy
  • Grips: Duralumin
  • Safety Manual safety, safety notch on the hammer

MSRP for the Shadow 2 Compact is $1,299, and to learn more about this new pistol or other products from CZ-USA, visit

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