SHOT Show 2021: Shadow Systems DR920

SHOT Show is quite different this year, it’s not physically on the Las Vegas Strip. It is all virtual and there have been some pretty cool product releases so far. Shadow Systems Corp has unveiled their latest pistol offering, the DR920. The DR stands for Duty Role, which correlates to a Full-size platform over their previous MR918 and MR920 models.

Shadow Systems DR920 Combat and Elite pistols.
DR920 Combat (far) and Elite (near) models.

This is something that many customers, particularly those in Law Enforcement wanted to have, a full-sized duty pistol with all the features that Shadow Systems incorporates into their product line. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Shadow Systems Corp, they are newer to the industry based out of Plano, Texas where their team is composed of shooters with backgrounds from the competitions, law enforcement, and military service. At first, they provided customization work for customer’s supplied pistols until they felt that they could manufacture their own production customized pistol with features that they and their
customers desired. 

Shadow Systems Range Day.
Shadow Systems Range Day.

I was fortunate to review the MR918, MR for Multi-Role, which was a Compact platform pistol that is one of my personal favorites in my collection. The subsequent MR920 released last year at SHOT Show added even more features to the MR918 in the same sized platform. Both were mainly marketed for the Concealed Carry and competition end users, however, the number of law enforcement agencies and individual officers were starting to gain traction as duty carry pistols.

Here is an excerpt from the press release:

The full size frame of the DR920 incorporates the features found on its compact sibling, including interchangeable backstraps that fundamentally change the grip angle, allowing the pistol to be adjusted to fit the shooter’s natural point of aim. Aggressive grip texture fully wraps the frame and the “recoil control ledge,” a feature which gives the support- hand thumb a place to firmly engage the frame. 

The DR920 frame and grip is customizable with different backstraps to change the angle and optional seamless extended mag well.
The DR920 frame and grip are customizable with different backstraps to change the angle and optional seamless extended mag well.

The extended beavertail and double undercut allow the shooter to get an especially high grip on the pistol, for unmatched controllability. These frame features combine to make the DR920 an exceptionally flat shooter, with very little recoil.

Image of man shooting Shadow Systems DR920 pistol.
The flatter shooting the gun is, the faster you’re back on target.

The DR920 takes the features of the MR920 and places them into a full-size platform that will be perfect for duty. The DR920 will be available in Combat and Elite models with optional multi-footprint optic cuts, a spiral fluted barrel that is in either a black Nitride or bronze TiCN finish and with or without threads. They will have the Shadow Systems Flat aluminum trigger with a pull weight of 4.5 to 5 pounds.

Shooting the DR920 Elite with the window cut slide.
DR920 Elite with the window cut slide.

So what has always made the Shadow Systems highly attractive to me is that you have a custom pistol full of features that is also a production model and is ready to be broken in out of the box. So what you get is a pistol with custom features with tighter tolerances and is reliable. The optional optic cut is done in-house, so no need to send your slide to get it done, and it is cut as low as it can go, allowing for co-witness of standard height sight, making it as strong as possible.

Shadow Systems CEO Trevor Roe explains DR920 features.
CEO Trevor Roe going over the DR920 features.

Now that there is a strong demand for a full-framed model, Shadow Systems answered with the DR920. A full-size pistol allows for more control by the end-user with more surface area and a longer barrel, giving more velocity and less recoil. An added plus is the increased ammunition capacity of standard 17 round magazines. Also, there’s no need to get a new holster, the DR920 will fit holsters made for the Glock 17

The DR920 is for everyone who wants to purchase it, it isn’t just for Law Enforcement and Military personnel. Anyone who wants a flat shooting, full-framed pistol should go with the DR920. I haven’t seen the pricing on them yet but I would expect them to be very competitively priced. Shadow Systems pistols are made in Texas with American labor. 

Shadow Systems created a new website for Law Enforcement and Military units that would like to acquire any of their pistols. 


Fifty Shades of FDE is a full-time LEO in California with about a decade's service in a very large metropolitan agency. He’s a husband, father, and firearms enthusiast. He is a supporter of the Second Amendment and a proponent of law-abiding citizens’ right to defend themselves with concealed carry permits. He runs his @fiftyshadesofFDE page on Instagram and writes gun/gear reviews on - when he's not writing for The Mag Life, of course.

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