First Look: ASG’s new CZ-75 SP-01 Shadow Blowback Action Pistol
By Dennis Adler
Sometimes a plan comes together, and sometimes it doesn’t. This is the latter. Last week in my review of the new ASG CZ-75 SP-01 Shadow I encountered a problem with the rear sight being too low to align the red fiber optic sight at POA for a 6 o’clock hold on the target. The Shadow was shooting low and left. After correcting my own POA by aiming high and right, I had fairly decent accuracy results.
One feature this new CZ has over the standard CZ-75 model is a true dovetailed combat-style rear sight which can be unscrewed and removed from the dovetail in the slide. In the accompanying photos I have done that and then proceeded to make a small paper shim from a piece of a National 10-Meter pistol target, which is a fairly think piece of paper. I cut the square to the size of the area under the rear sight and then punched a screw hole in it. I used a glue stick to make the paper shim stick to the underside of the sight directly under the screw hole and then reattached it to the slide. The thickness of the paper allowed me to leave the screw a little looser and the rear sight not cinched all the way down. This gave me the equivalent of about three clicks in elevation on an adjustable sight. And that is the most you can get. Any greater thickness of paper and there isn’t enough clearance at the back of the sight to get the dovetail back into the slide. Trust me, I tried.
As you will see in the photos the paper was easy to mount on the underside of the sight and I took a moment to color it black with a marker so it wouldn’t stand out. What I achieved was a slight increase in elevation that split the difference. I still had to hold high but not more than an inch. As for the tendency for this gun to shoot left, that did not change as the screw centers the sight. Overall, this is a minor issue with guns that have fixed sights. The accuracy at 21 feet, however, did not improve and this particular example is not as accurate as the standard CZ-75 I shot it against. I also ran the Shadow against the Tanfoglio Limited Custom (agreed that’s a ringer, so I didn’t expect the Shadow to come close). Still, it should have done at least as well as the standard CZ-75.
I am going to follow up later this month with another CZ-75 SP-01 Shadow and see if it was an anomaly with this first test gun. It happens, even with centerfire models. So, here’s a quick fix if you want to try it, should you find yourself with a similar rear sight design and in need of a “lift” to improve POA. It’s easy to do and every little improvement helps.
The bottom line is that the new Shadow is a very nice tactical-style pistol, it will keep all your shots in the center of the target, and it runs smoothly with a great single action trigger pull. And if the next test gun I get groups better and holds POA, you’ll be the first ones to know!
To round out this week, we’ll be looking at my two favorite CO2 blowback action pistol and holster combinations for authenticity and shooting.