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The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow Pistol

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CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow

CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow

CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow

The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow is a new generation 9mm pistol, one of the variants of the CZ 75 semi-automatic pistol made by Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod (CZUB) of the Czech Republic. The CZ 75 has an excellent reputation for its quality, versatility and good price and is widely used by pistol shooters throughout the world. The Shadow is truly a pleasure to shoot.

CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow

CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow

Accurate and Reliable

Whether you are in law enforcement, do target shooting as a hobby, or are just plain looking for self-defense, CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow delivers very good accuracy and high reliability even under adverse conditions.

Unlike other CZ-75s that were built back in the 1980s, the CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow has a lighter hammer spring and no firing pin block. This slightly reduces trigger pull weight and therefore improves the trigger-travel properties of this pistol. It is one of the best trigger pulls in the double-action pistol category.

The redesigned shape and mold of the grip provide enhanced shooting comfort. The Shadow comes with black rubber grip but can be ordered with either thick checkered aluminum or thin aluminum panels with grip tape sections.

A slightly weaker recoil spring provides easier loading. The front of the trigger guard has serrations and the rail is MIL-STD-1913 compliant, so that it can accept tactical light and laser accessories.

The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow is the result of different modifications as suggested by users from law enforcement, military worldwide, and sport shooters like Adam Tyc and Angus Hobdell.

The Shadow is an all-steel gun with a precision-cast frame so it is not a lightweight handgun.

It can hold the CZ 75 standard magazine or the enhanced magazine with a capacity of 18 cartridges.

The sights are excellent, with fiber optics in the front and tactical Novak style in the rear. The rear sight’s horizontal position can be adjusted using the dovetail slot.

Front trigger guard

Front trigger guard




Ceska Zbrojovka


CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow


Double action/Single action Semi-Automatic


9mm Luger

Magazine Capacity


Magazine Type



1180g (2.596lbs)

Overall Length

207mm (8.15 inches)

Barrel Length

114mm (4.48 inches)


147mm (5.78 inches)


37mm (1.45 inch)

Surface Treatment

Black Polycoat




Fiber optic front, fixed rear

Safety Features

Manual Safety/Hammer Safety notch

Final Thoughts: Great for Self-Defense

Overall, the CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow makes a great handgun, especially for self-defense. You can shoot rapidly with high confidence using this piece which makes it a really good weapon for home defense. The extended magazine capacity is another huge advantage. Workmanship and appearance are also excellent. The CZ handgun line up provides good value for your money and Shadow is probably one of the cheapest you can find in its category.

If you are looking for a handgun that is suitable for recreational target shooting, then you might want to get this piece from a custom shop. One of the most important features of a handgun used in competition is the ability to adjust the sights for more precise target shooting which the standard Shadow does not have.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.