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Shadow Systems Releases New Compact Multi-Role MR920 9mm Pistol

Plano, TX (January, 2020) – American-based pistol manufacturer Shadow Systems will release a new compact-sized production pistol, the MR920, at this year’s SHOT Show.

Following the overwhelming success of the MR918, launched in January 2019, Shadow Systems has decided to iterate faster than the competition and launch new improvements now. Like the previous product line, the MR920 is a multi-role, compact-sized 9mm polymer pistol, which is designed to be used for daily carry, duty carry, home defense, competitive shooting, and everything in between.


Shadow’s MR918 has been referred to in the press as “the flattest shooting pistol on the market.” The MR920 frame builds upon that reputation with further improved ergonomics and unprecedented recoil control. The MR920 is designed to sit ultra-low in the hand, with a slide-bite-eliminating beavertail and innovative ergonomic contouring. A recoil control ledge has been added to the side of the frame giving the support thumb a greater role in controlling muzzle flip. The MR920 frame also features Shadow System’s interchangeable NPOA (Natural Point of Aim) backstrap system, which allows shooters to adjust the way the muzzle points.  This allows the MR920 to mimic a 1911, a customized Glock, or something in between. Building on the MR918’s reputation for holster compatibility, the MR920’s trigger guard allows widespread holster fit with nearly every brand of holster designed for the G19.


The biggest news in this release is Shadow’s new patent pending optic cut.  By redesigning internal slide components, Shadow effectively relocated portions of the operating system allowing three key attributes:

  • The strongest, deepest screw placement in the industry
  • Direct mounting of several brands without intervening adapter plates
  • Extremely low optic placement permitting most optics to cowitness with typical iron sights


No past designs have combined all three of these game-changing attributes.  Shadow’s design accommodates Trijicon RMR and SRO, Holosun 507c and 508t, Leupold Deltapoint Pro, Vortex Viper, and TruGlo Tru-Tec. Shadow Systems’ new optic cut will likely accommodate additional brands and optics; testing for optic compatibility is still ongoing. The new system provides versatility without compromise and even exceeds the strength of past Shadow Systems mounts that had a dedicated Trijicon RMR footprint machined into the slide.


Coming from various duty backgrounds in law enforcement and military service, the team at Shadow Systems is serious about creating bet-your-life-reliable firearms designed for difficult, imperfect circumstances. With this in mind, the slide stop lever and protective curtain have been redesigned to further prevent inadvertent engagement with an extremely high firing grip. The magazine release button now features a higher traction surface. The trigger for the MR920 has been redesigned with a smoother and slightly lighter trigger pull while keeping all safeties intact.


As with the previous product line, the MR920 will be released in two different models: the Combat and the Elite.  These two models are differentiated by their slide designs. The Combat is Shadow Systems’ entry level model featuring directional slide serrations on the front and rear. The Elite model features additional slide machining that adds directional serrations to the top of the slide and a weight-optimizing window cut which reduces slide mass supporting rapid shot-to-shot recovery. Both Combat and Elite slides have been reprofiled at the muzzle to be thinner in key grasping areas.  This also helps safely re-holster in a slightly-collapsed IWB holster. Shadow re-contoured the rear of the slide to alleviate the complaint that the back corners are “digging in” during IWB carry.  Both models are available with dovetail sights or with Shadow’s new Patent Pending Optic Cut optic cut.  The front sight features a high visibility green ring and green tritium lamp to draw your focus both day and night.  Sight heights are optimized to co-witness properly with the majority of red dot sights.




“A lot of big companies make you wait 5 or 10 years before they incorporate customer feedback and improve designs.  The MR918 is a great pistol that almost everyone loves, but there were a few scattered voices in the market asking for some tweaks.  So, we decided to listen instead of push back and ignore it.  Now we have a gun that truly answers all the questions and works well for basically everyone—even those with a different optic, a higher firing grip, massive hands, or an odd brand holster.”  – Trevor Roe, CEO
The MR920 will be released to the public at SHOT Show, on January 20th, 2020. Combat and Elite models will be immediately available for pre-order and the first MR920 pistols will begin shipping in February 2020. Pricing for the MR920 will begin at $799.




About Shadow Systems
Shadow Systems Corp. is a privately held, Plano, Texas-based manufacturer of premium firearms and firearm parts. Each product is designed and manufactured in the USA by a team of Veterans and former Law Enforcement Officers. Everything is engineered to be used and abused, as real hard-use tools should be.

Shadow Systems is a portfolio company of Catalyst Holdings. Visit https://www.shadowsystemscorp.com/; engage on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ShadowSystemsCorp; follow on Instagram at http://instagram.com/shadowsystemscorp.

19 Replies to “Shadow Systems Releases New Compact Multi-Role MR920 9mm Pistol”

  1. Ron says:

    I understand that you recently introduced a new RMR optic cut for the mr920. Can you please direct me to a picture and some details about that cut?


      Hi Ron, The MR920 has a new patent pending optic cut that accommodates multiple brands and footprints, directly mounted to the slide. Here is a video where we talk a bit more about the new optic cut and how it works: https://youtu.be/G6t5Gkcm-g0

  2. Hugh R. Syron says:

    Looks like a great gun at a good price. When and where in my area will I be able to see and purchase one.
    I’ve been building Glocks for years.

    1. Jessica Roe says:

      Hi Hugh,

      Take a look at our dealer map: https://shadowsystemscorp.com/dealer-network/

      If you don’t see someone close enough to you, your local shop can get you one of our pistols through any major distributor.

  3. Jeffrey Bexten says:

    I am very interested in purchasing your MR9. I live in Tecumseh MI. Is there a dealer near me?

    1. Jessica Roe says:

      Hi Jeff,

      Take a look at our dealer map: https://shadowsystemscorp.com/dealer-network/

      If you don’t see someone close enough to you, your local shop can get you one of our pistols through any major distributor.

  4. John M Powell says:

    Per Murdoch website there is no listing for the Shadow MR920 combat or elite. Do u have a distributor in Colorado?

    1. Jessica Roe says:

      Hi John, we have sent recent shipments to DCF Guns in CO. Additionally, we are carried by most major distributors so your local shop should be able to order you one that way.

  5. Anderson Smith says:

    When will these be back ready for purchase

    1. Jessica Roe says:

      We are currently not taking web orders for pistols, but you can find all of our pistols at your local retailer. We are also carried by most major distributors, so your local shop can order you one that way.

  6. Jeffrey Johnson says:

    I’m having trouble finding a iwb holster for my sr920 with red dot and it’s the one that doesn’t have threaded barrel

    1. Jessica Roe says:

      Jeffrey, your MR920 will fit any holster designed for a G19 and the DR920 will fit any holster designed for a G17. You will find the best fit with one designed for a Gen 4 model and for the optic you have chosen. The brands we like best are:
      Raven Concealment
      TXC Holsters
      Bravo Concealment

  7. Michael Green says:

    Order one through sportsman warehouse early may when should I expect shipment?

    1. Jessica Roe says:

      Please check in with Sportsman’s Guide on estimated ship date. We do not have a view into their order system, however their estimated ship dates have been reported to be pretty accurate.

  8. Miguel Banuelos says:

    Can you tell me if the barrel is fully supported? Or is it like the glock where it cant handle a hotter than normal load?

    1. Jessica Roe says:

      Our barrels are fully supported.

  9. I recently found out about the Shadow Systems weapons I found a local dealer and purchased a couple one is the MR920 combat and the other is the coyote elite. I have been a Glock fan since they were first available in the 80s I have built several in the fashion of my own taste and in comparison the options offered as standard from S/S is remarkable given what the difference in costs it’s a very well balanced and well thought out design. I look forward to seeing your newest creations and being able to add them to my collection. Keep up the great work and please extend my appreciation and respect for dedication to the team your company has surrounded and support making this weapon one of the finest on the market. Keep up the great work. With Respect. RR

  10. Ramon V says:

    I am due to purchase my first MR920 , but I want it in a black lower and a ( type of metallic greenish color slide)?What is the correct name for that color combo?
    I want to make sure my dealer is clear of what I’m ordering
    Please advise.

    1. Jessica Roe says:

      I believe you’re talking about the “Shadow Bronze” slide. It looks anywhere from bronze to FDE to almost an OD green like you’re describing, depending on the light. You can find it here: https://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/default.aspx?item=SS-1510

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