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Lightweight 9mm – Low Recoil 9mm Pistol – Shadow MR918 Elite
Meet the MR918 Elite.  This is our top of the line lightweight pistol that incorporates everything we know about pistol design.

The MR918 name comes from the idea of creating a true “multi-role” 9mm pistol.  The size and operating system are inspired by the Glock Gen4 G19 model, but many aspects have been completely redesigned.

The frame has been in development for two years and is 100% a Shadow System design, not a rebrand of another frame already in the market.  The frame makes use of new manufacturing techniques to wrap more texture around the curves of the frame and put grip texture in places not normally seen on production guns.

If you have questions about our MR918 Elite or are considering the Multiple Role Combat, call us at (469) 458-6808.


LEAD TIME: New orders will ship approximately 4-6 weeks from Order Date. If you need more information before making the purchase, contact our team at (469) 458-6808.


THIS IS AN FFL ITEM.  After placing your order, you will be contacted by our sales group to provide FFL information.

Restrictions: By buying this item from Shadow Systems, the Customer certifies that the Customer will comply with any and all requirements imposed by applicable U.S. federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and administrative policies.



Our Multi-Role 9mm Frame

Compatible with existing Glock Gen4 G19 holsters, magazines, and accessories

Designed to dramatically reduce recoil and muzzle flip

Contoured frame sits low in the hand

Features double undercut trigger guard

3 interchangeable backstraps supporting high, neutral, and low Natural Point of Aim

Gently extended beavertail prevents slide bite

Aggressive grip texture on key surfaces

Included magwell extension enables faster reload under stress

The Trigger for Our Multi-Role Pistol

Flat-faced polymer trigger

TTI Ultimate connector

4-4.5 lbs trigger pull

Slightly reduced take-up

Carry safe trigger with all drop safeties intact

The MR918 Elite BARREL

Machined from 416R stainless steel

Conventionally rifled, 1-10 in. — safe with lead bullets

Spiral fluting pattern improves evacuation of debris and reduces barrel weight, making the multi-role 9mm ultra lightweight.

Mated with our slide, the barrel sets a new accuracy bar in this class of pistol

The Multiple Role MR918 Elite Slide

Specially engineered window cut reduces weight slightly for optimal recoil impulse and fast sight recovery

Designed for recoil control and manipulation under stress

Front/rear directional serrations for improved handling

Top serrations

Thinned slide profile at grasping locations

Machined from 17-4 stainless steel

Available with a Trijicon RMR/Holosun pattern optic cut

The MR918 Elite Sights

Metal sights with solid black rear and a high-visibility green outline tritium front

Nearly as bright as a fiber optic in the daytime

Glowing tritium dot gives a nighttime index point for quick, accurate shots at close range

Optic ready slides feature a lower 1/3 co-witness

The Small Parts for the Multi-Role Lightweight 9mm

Includes Shadow’s modified Gen3 recoil system

Single spring system is user adjustable and manufactured from high-quality chrome silicon

Internal slide parts are machined from billet stainless steel

High-reliability enhanced LCI extractor features Shadow’s proprietary geometry and material selection to enhance longevity and extraction of a wide range of ammunition

Includes two magazines and zippered soft case

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26 reviews for DISCONTINUED: MR918 Elite

  1. Shawn Coddington

    I was not leaving the store without this pistol, it was sitting next to a $ 2,000 ZEV when it caught my eye. It is a BMF to the eye. I asked the gent to hand it to me and the second thing I appreciated was how light this pistol is. I own a 17 gen 3 and my CZ’s were my favorites yesterday. Slide rides low like a CZ. It is light enough with full mag you might forget it is there. Came with cardboard box, pistol bag, locks, extra mag, sticker, spare backstraps, Allen wrench, and probably other stuff that I have not checked out because I cant quit looking at the pistol. I am giving this pistol 5 stars without even shooting it yet because of the workmanship, looks, and weight. They have put art in the industry with this one, Its what we have been waiting for and I will review it again after I run it.

  2. Michael Phillips

    Bought this on a whim while at cabelas. Feels good in my hand, switch the original back strap to the lower point of aim as I am a 1911 shooter. Tolerances are tight and I would definitely at least put 500 rounds through as a break in. Only thing I am disappointed in the soft pistol case was just a generic one and not the cool ones with the shadow systems logo on it. Can’t wait to put a holosun 507 on it as it will be my first pistol with a red dot on it.

  3. Bo Sabrowsky

    My new MR918 Elite is a fantastic pistol, exactly as advertised. Lots of new guns “feel good in the hand” when in the store, but that means very little in the absence of actually shooting the firearm and putting it through its paces. I am a firearms instructor for both LE and civilians and I have well over 100,000 rounds thru my previous custom Glocks. I have been running Trijicon RMRs, DeltaPoints, and DeltaPoint Pros for over 8 years and recently added the new Holosun 507C to the mix, so I know a little bit about what constitutes a top tier pistol, and what it needs to be able to deliver if you’re going to run it hard. In this pistol, you have delivered the flattest recoil impulse I have ever shot. The top-flight milled slide gives me the lowest footprint I have ever seen, and the ability to cowitness my red dots with conventional height iron sights is actually a pretty big freaking deal – the sight picture is considerably less cluttered which is a big win for anyone running red dots. This is such a high quality, reasonably priced pistol, and I was fortunate to have found one at Bass Pro, here in Cincinnati last week – I’ve already put 500 rounds thru it in 5 days. I have an SRO Trijicon ordered, with an estimated delivery date in early June, so I’m eager to mate it to my MR918 Elite, and see how things work out with that combination – I have no doubt it will be a winner.

  4. Wolverine

    Great gun!!!

  5. Mark Daigle (verified owner)

    Had handled the pistol in a Cableas. Ordered through Shadow Systems. Pistol arrived in 5 weeks. Very comfortable in the hand, good trigger,very accurate in speed drills and at distance. Fit and finish very good. As reliable as any Glock once broken in. I’m very happy. Great pistol.

  6. Dave Rockman

    I LOVE THIS GUN! I’ve been eyeing them up for awhile now and while on vacation up north for the 4th of July I stopped at Hodag Gun and Loan and they happened to have one in stock. Unfortunately it wasn’t the rmr ready model just the non rmr elite slide but I had to have it either way after seeing it in person and feeling how good it fits my hands and how good it points and aims for me. The trigger is awesome it feels a lot like a gen 5 trigger to me in the way it pulls and breaks which I prefer because I’m very accurate with my gen 5 glocks. Took the MR918 to the range this week and shot 200 rounds of aguila 124 grain fmj to break it in and all I can say is AMAZING! This is the flattest shooting polymer striker fired pistol I have ever shot! It stays so flat and tracks so good I was seriously impressed. I have a few Glocks with zev dragonfly slides and the recoil impulse on the MR918 is way better. For the price Shadow Systems cannot be beat!! Only thing I would do differently is I would have bought the rmr ready model but I guess I’ll just have to buy another one!

  7. Adam

    Awesome gun. Love everything about it. Awesome customer service too

  8. SCOTT

    Lightweight ,flat shooting and excellent ergonomics. My first trip to the range with it, I shot the tightest groups I’ve ever shot with a striker fire pistol. I usually run CZ pistols DA/SA , but I am thoroughly impressed by the MR819 Elite. Great pistol

  9. David koenig

    Top notch . I never owned a better pistol.

  10. Nicholas Cosmany

    I saw the gun, MR918 Elite, read about it and then decided to pick it up. Locked back slide, loaded magazine, released slide, and FTF. The round would not chamber. tried another magazine… Same thing.
    Cleared jam, and cycled slide a few times and then it loaded the round. Shot about 150 rounds through it and I was impressed with the lack of recoil. It FTF two other times but the experience was still good. Wife liked it better than her 17 and SiG P320C.
    Took it home cleaned it well, polished the feed ramp, and tested it for chambering. Seems fine now. Will take it to the range once my RMR red dot arrives. Overall worth the money!

  11. GVnet

    I have been using Shadow Systems parts to upgrade my Glocks for some time. Their parts were always second to none. I have spent litterally thousands of dollars upgrading G19s and they always gave me a home made feeling. When, I saw the launch of the MR918 I thought it was another G19, but I was so wrong. This gun takes a proven formula and takes it to a level higher than anything else on the market. Even the very high end custom glocks do not hold a candle against this gun. The MR918 lower/frame is amazing. It has every feature (stippling, no finger grooves, undercut trigger guard, etc), but it just feels and looks so high quality. It is the highest quality polymer grame I have ever felt…and I have an extensive collection of all brands. The internal components are all billet (trigger, extractor, firing pin, trigger, etc)… Not MIM or stamped. The trigger is not competition style like a 1911…. this is a carry/duty trigger. It is very nice, but not to the point that it becomes unsafe. some triggers out there are way too light for carry. You will be amazed how this thing shoots….FLAAAAAAT.. I could not believe it. I compared my my custom Glocks or stock ones and this one is just feels natural, effortless. You take a stock Glock, add a threaded barrel, slide work, high end sights, stippling, rmr cut, plate cover, flat trigger, billet firing pin, etc and you will be well over $1,500. my former carry gun (based on Zev) cost me over $2,000 3 years ago. So, for under $1,000 you get top of the line, feature packed and with reliability of a production gun…believe me…it is a great deal. This is not a $1,000 dollar glock…this is simply the best polymer gun at any price. on top of all that, this gun is made in Texas by a great company that is made of good people who care and take pride on giving you the very best. Made in America, by Americans. I wish Shadow Systems great success. I bought mine at Bass Pro.

  12. capt7d103

    So far AAA+++, waiting on HoloSun 507-c to complete her. 1911 back plate & funnel make this pistol fit my hand like it was custom built for me. 500+ rounds, various ammo, blowup and carry stuff, not one failure and no cleaning… Every round goes where I placed it. Just wish these were available when I was active duty LEO… Thank you for producing such a great defense pistol!

  13. Darrin Tune

    Just bought the Shadow systems MR918 Elite with a threaded barrel. I bought it because it fit my hand very nicely and it is a nice and lite gun for carry. After my first range session of approximately 300 rounds I am truly impressed. Like most folks before me have mentioned, the recoil is nice and the muzzle flip is very minimal. No malfunctions, and I shot the center out of the target in no time. Another HUGE factor for me is the Outstanding customer service they have. The guys are super cool, Richie, and Chad. They are outstanding guys. Love the gun, it’s only like 28.85 ounces with 15 rounds in the magazine. It is now by far my go to carry gun. Great job Shadow systems. I’m not a Glock fan at all, and this is different enough that I love it. I have big hands and it fits me perfectly.

  14. Todd Baker

    My go to carry gun. The Kimber Ultra will be sitting at the house. The Shadow Elite with a Trijicon red dot is lite weight and incredibly accurate. Over 2000 rounds through it and not one jam or issue. Well worth the cost! Thanks guys, one amazing gun.

  15. K9 cop

    I carry this weapon on duty daily as a Police Officer in Texas. I run the rmr type 2 6.5. Couldn’t ask for a better duty pistol. Has been extremely reliable in terrible training conditions and has shot flawlessly. Extremely accurate and shoots very flat when making follow up shots. Fantastic weapon and a solid LE discount. I don’t plan on carrying anything else in my career unless I get forced to do so. The customer service from shadow systems was 2nd to none.

  16. Louis Lawrence

    Bought this from Cabelas. I was expecting a very high quality gun. I don’t see where this is any different from a glock at half the price. Trigger pull is no different than my glock. Accuracy is no different than glock. Yeah it’s lighter than glock but not worth twice the price. If I could I would return for refund. The only benefit i got was threaded barrel. I would not recommend to a friend. Sorry i bought it.

  17. Scott Elsman

    So I was hanging with my buddies at Pittsburgh Cerakote Co. & out of the blue pops this “MR918 Elite with a threaded barrel” & I was like (Dam Sweet I gotta have one) Not knowing anything about this company who, what, when or how, I knew I needed one. The feel was super as compared to my STI Carry along with the extra cutouts on the slide for racking. Sights are great & shooting this gun is super. Not one FTF after 300 rounds. So far So good, I love that I can use my Glock extended mags, & with the 3 back straps included with the gun you can make the fit in the hand just rite. I have talked with their customer service & I feel they are very passionate about their products. 100% in my book…Thanks for the quality gun at a super price…Scott

  18. D K

    I don’t usually follow up with a review on my purchases, but this pistol definitely justified one. I couldn’t wait to get it, and since I loved my glock 19 gen 4 I figured it’s going to be just a slightly nicer version. I couldn’t have been more wrong; this gun shoots so flat and has such nice features for the price it absolutely exceeded my expectations. I was going to switch over my Zev trigger from my existing Glock, but I like the trigger design and pull so much I didn’t bother with it. I added a SureFire X300, trijicon 6.5 MOA RMR, and a Zev compensator. I was hitting quarter size targets at 10 yards and making ragged holes at 15 yards shooting rapid fire. I shot 500 flawless rounds on my first range trip after receiving the gun the day prior, that alone was impressive to me. Years ago I always wanted a Salient when I first saw them, but couldn’t justify the price tag. I have no interest in one now, this pistol offers a whole lot of bang for the buck. I first shot without the RMR turned on and the stock sites are really nice with the blacked out rear and green front. Then I turned on the RMR and zeroed it. I like how you can still use irons if you want/need to. This was a very well thought out pistol and I have no regrets with my purchase and will certainly recommend this to my friends and co-workers.

  19. Tim S

    A pistol shooter cannot beat the simplistic design of the Glock platform. This is even better with customized grip angles to match your preference included All the higher end materials and tolerances to complete a firearm you know you can depend on.

  20. Paul Streiff

    I took one home from a local dealership 3 days ago. Well I took it from the store and went immediately to the range. Can’t stop looking at it. Texture is nice. Weight and balance are perfect. The trigger is crisp and the reset is short. At 10 feet I put my first 10 rounds within 3 inches. I shot 100 rounds, and I must say I am thoroughly pleased with the purchase.

    I have roughly calculated what it would take to upgrade a Glock and I feel like this is such a great deal. So happy I bought this.

  21. Fred Ennenga

    I have been in the market for a custom Glock and found one of the Shadow Combat pistols at my home range rental counter. I shot it along with my Glock pistols last night and was so impressed that I went back this AM and purchased an Elite and promptly took it out and ran a box of ammo through it. I love this gun and plan on it being my EDC as soon as I am comfortable with it. A hybrid with fit and finish every bit as good as anything on the market. If you are looking for a “custom” Glock please try one of these out before you spend any money. I think Shadow Systems is a hidden gem in this part of the market and will soon be having trouble keeping up with the demand. Great job guys and gals! I look forward to trying out other products you produce and sharing this with our students here at our home range.

  22. James Sulima

    Bought this gun right before Christimas. Having been looking for a custom gun. Saw the slide work on this gun elite really sold me. Especially with undercuts stippled frame flared mag well, Trigger at 4 pounds is great. Only beef I have is the trigger travel. Too much trigger travel for a custom piece for my liking. Great piece

  23. Dave Hegedus

    One the my favorite pistols to shoot. Just a great reliable and accurate pistol. Love the looks and feel. Also these guys are top notch when it comes to customer service. I put about 450 rounds without a single issue. I cant wait to get another one soon.

  24. Clark M

    Great gun for the money. Went to my LGS looking for a ZEV barrel and this beaut caught my eye. She went home with me. I wish it would accommodate more optic choices bc I am not a fan of trijicon when it comes to RMRs. But going to give Holosun a try. That being said, I can’t ding them a star bc I knew what it would accept when I bought it. Also left the Pmags at the LGS to let him make a buck on the, but I get it. Overall very happy here!

  25. Josh debruhl

    Awesome gun feel great shoots great you can tell they spend alot of time and knowledge in design their products and for the money you are not going to find a custom gun like their I like it better then a zev . Saving up to get the new mr920 . Thanks guys you’ll kick ass

  26. Taylor

    I am extremely pleased with Shadow Systems customer service and my MR918 Elite pistol. The gun has ran flawlessly and has been very accurate. I had an issue with a popular brand red dot that was manufactured incorrectly and wouldn’t fit the slide. Shadow Systems took the optic and corrected it for me and mounted it 100% free just so I could get back to shooting it. The optic was the issue, not the slide and they still fixed it for me. Now THAT’S CUSTOMER SERVICE!! This company is top notch and if you don’t believe me just talk to other MR918/ MR920 owners and look at their reviews. These pistols are amazing for the price point!

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