First Impressions: CZ Shadow 2 Compact Pistol

Competition-grade accuracy that's sized right for concealed carry.

by
posted on August 22, 2023
Cz Shadow2 Compact Lede

CZ has long been known for creating accurate, easy-to-shoot handguns, and the SHADOW 2 has a storied history as a sport pistol that has helped shooters rack up win after win on the world championship stage. Of course, the first thing that American shooters asked for upon its release was a compact version suitable for concealed carry. That's the driving force behind the new CZ SHADOW 2 COMPACT. The latest member in the CZ family of high-performance pistols, it was designed with the same instinctive fit as the CZ SHADOW 2. Think of it as a "little brother" to CZ's flagship gun, and you'll understand why this 9mm pistol has been so hotly anticipated.

As with all models in the CZ SHADOW 2 series, it is constructed from advanced materials and comes with match-ready features. The overall size of the CZ SHADOW 2 COMPACT is 7.5 (L) × 1.4 (W) × 5.4 (H) inches. A light and strong forged 7075 aluminum frame shaves precious ounces off the total weight, bringing its weight down to 2 lbs. (It still offers a 15+1 carrying capacity, though!) As a result, it’s the perfect choice for all-day carry and concealed carry.

Like the full-size CZ SHADOW 2, it features a butter-smooth trigger pull (single action 3.4 pounds; double action 10.3 pounds) and shortened reset, allowing for quick and accurate follow-up shots. It comes with a 4" barrel that glides quickly from holsters while still achieving impressive ballistic performance. Racking the CZ SHADOW 2 COMPACT’s slide from various positions is easy and intuitive, thanks to deep-cut front and rear cocking serrations.

Want to add a reflex optic? The rear of the slide is equipped with an extremely low and robust mounting interface for the attachment of a red dot sight. In fact, its mounting interface is identical to what is found on the CZ SHADOW 2 OR model, and is compatible with the same mounting plates. Shooters who prefer running standard sights will appreciate its high-visibility fiber optic front sight for aiming in all lighting conditions and height-adjustable rear sight for precision.

Right- and left-handed shooters are equally at home with its low-profile ambidextrous manual safety and reduced height magazine release button that can be swapped from side-to-side. The CZ SHADOW 2 COMPACT also includes other features that are shared with the full-size CZ SHADOW 2, such as a spacious trigger guard, checkered grip and dust cover with accessory rail for mounting lights and other devices.

Specifications:

  • Caliber: 9 × 19
  • Magazine Capacity: 15
  • Weight with empty magazine: 30 oz. / 1.8 lbs (870 ±5 g)
  • Overall Length: 7.5 in (191 mm)
  • Width: 1.4 in (35 mm)
  • Height: 5.4 in (138 mm)
  • Barrel Length: 4 in (102 mm)
  • Barrel: Cold Hammer Forged
  • Sights: Fiber Optic Front, Checkered Rear
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Trigger Pull: SA 3.4, DA 10.3 lbs (SA 15, DA 46 N)
  • Trigger Travel: SA 0.11, DA 0.19 in (SA 3–4, DA 5 mm)
  • Trigger Reset: 0.11–0.15 in (3–4 mm)
  • Frame: Aluminum Alloy
  • Grips: Aluminum
  • Safety: Manual Safety, Safety Notch On The Hammer

 

Latest

Eastern Hognose Snake Public Domain
Eastern Hognose Snake Public Domain

Fun Friday: Eastern Hognose Snake, the "Counterfeit Cobra"

Trigger warning: This article highlights a snake in Arkansas whose theatrical performance may cause your heart skip a beat.

NRA & Beretta USA Honor Veterans at NRA Inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum Gala, Auction

Together, we are not only honoring the spirit of our nation’s heroes but also making a tangible difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

Silencer Central Wins 2 NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards

"Receiving the Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award and having our Speed K suppressor named Suppressor of the Year is a tremendous honor,” said Maddox.

The .44 Magnum: A Love Story

Here's why I'm still dancin' with the one that brung me.

NRA Family Reading: Boone & Crockett's 15th Edition Records of North American Big Game

It's not just beautiful pictures of world-record animals ... although that's definitely a draw!

How to Train for Handgun Hunting

Here's what to do before you bust out the big-bore, long-barrel revolvers.

Interests



Get the best of NRA Family delivered to your inbox.