I have experimented at great lengths in Action Air since my initial forays into it with my HK45 back in early 2019, then joining team SPPT in Taipei in February 2020 using my Glock 34 TTI, then switching to the KWA USP Compact for my qualification in March 2020, before trying out the WE M17 clone for my first competition in April 2020 and eventually settling on using the KJWorks CZ75 SP01 Shadow for my competitive shooting efforts. However, my teammate Ming came along to try out a session in late May 2020 and brought his KJWorks CZ75 Shadow 2 along to use, as well as letting me try it out in the practice stages. I found it more comfortable to use than my current SP01 and it also seemed somewhat of a tack driver in terms of accuracy by comparison, from that point on it was only a matter of time before I made the upgrade.
So, in August of 2020 I decided to invest in yet another birthday present to myself and stopped off at KIC Airsoft a few MRT stops away from home and took home a shiny new toy to put to good use. The advantage, of course, being magazine commonality with the SP01 magazines I’d already had trouble acquiring previously, as well as not needing to adjust my IPSC holster, as the external profile of the two pistols is largely the same.
So what’s new? Why did the Shadow 2 capture my interest over the SP01 I already had?
The handling of the Shadow 2 just feels faster and slicker - the grip panels of the updated version are far flatter than those of the SP01 with an overall size of 28mm, versus the rounder footprint of the SP01 grips at 35mm. While this might make it seem smaller in terms of its overall circumference and thus feel smaller in the hand, coupled with the more exaggerated heel of the backstrap of the frame, I find it actually fits better in the strong hand, sitting a little higher and pointing a lot more intuitively. Also not slewing around in the hand as much during firing and movement due to the flat sides of the grips - making it easier to put retaining pressure on - than the more curved profile of the SP01’s grips. I really find it just ends up on the target a lot more readily and shoots and moves a lot faster as a result, while the inherent accuracy advantage I found with Ming’s example earlier in the year was still present in my own example.
The issues I found with the earlier SP01 had also largely been addressed with the Shadow 2 - this is unsurprising, as the real steel equivalent was developed with feedback from competitive shooters to ensure it handles more favorably in on-the-clock use. The ambidextrous safety levers are much flatter and lower profile to the frame, yet are still easily controlled with the side of the strong hand’s thumb with a sweeping motion enabling or disabling them consistently if safety is required. However, the lesser emphasis on use of the manual safety in IPSC relevant manual of arms obviously drove the decision to keep them out of the way of the slide stop/release lever, which retains the same form of the SP01.
The magazine release is improved and enlarged over the original SP01, with a greater overall footprint that’s 3mm longer and wider than the original, as well as squarer in profile and also 3mm prouder from the frame than the original as well, thus making it significantly larger and more easily actuated in a hurry. I’ve personally found it much more helpful for speed reloading.
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SETTING THE SCENE: SETS AND PROPS
WITH THE FIRST “OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENT” OF HIS MISSILE LAUNCH SYSTEM NOW WELL AND TRULY UNDER HIS BELT, JAMES TURNS TO THE MORE GENERALISED USE OF “SET AND PROPS”. THIS IS WHERE IMAGINATION MEETS REALITY, AS HE EMBARKS ON A NEW SERIES OF ARTICLES INVESTIGATING HOW THE CORRECT USE OF “SCENE SETTING” CAN TURN A GOOD AIRSOFT GAME INTO AN AWESOME ONE!
IN THE FIRST PART OF YET ANOTHER NEW SERIES, JON “POSH” MILLS HAS STARTED HIS JOURNEY INTO ALL THINGS “PRACTICAL” AS HE DOCUMENTS HIS FIRST STEPS INTO A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF AIRSOFT AND, ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE AA CREW, TAKES A STEP BACK TO “PROJECT PRECISION” AND SEES HOW TRUE “AIRSOFT MULTIGUN” IS BEING LOOKED AT WITH FRESH EYES!
THE CAGE: GLOVES
AS WITH EVERY INSTALMENT OF THE CAGE, WE’RE CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR GOOD KIT; NOT SIMPLY GEAR THAT’S 100% FIT FOR PURPOSE BUT EQUIPMENT THAT’S GOING TO GIVE YOU GOOD SERVICE AND GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY! THIS TIME THE AA LEGION TAKE A LOOK AT GLOVES, WHAT THEY’VE WORN IN THE PAST AND WHAT THEY’RE WEARING NOW, SO YOU CAN REALLY GET “HANDS ON” IN ANY SITUATION! AS USUAL, BILL LEADS OFF…
DIRECT ACTION: 2021 UPDATES!
ACTION IN POLAND. AS ALWAYS THOUGH, BILL HAS BEEN KEEPING A VERY CLOSE EYE ON THEIR LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND INNOVATIONS FOR THE TRUE TACTICAL USER! WITH SOME GREAT NEW MODELS AVAILABLE HE BRINGS IN AN UPDATE OF KIT THAT HE’S ALREADY TRIED AND TESTED EXTENSIVELY!
VORSK: DIARY UPDATE
SINCE THE “VORSK PROJECT” STARTED, BILL HAS BEEN KEEPING DETAILED NOTES AND A RUNNING TALLY ON THE EXISTING MODELS TO SEE HOW THEY PERFORM OVER TIME AND ALTHOUGH SOME STILL HAVEN’T YET SEEN A GAME DUE TO THE RESTRICTIONS WE HAVE ALL FACED, HE CONTINUES TO GIVE ALL THE MODELS, INCLUDING THE LATEST RELEASES, A VERY HARD TIME ON THE RANGE IN HIS WEEKLY SESSIONS!
DURING HIS TIME PLAYING AIRSOFT, BILL HAS FOUND HIMSELF ON ALL MANNER OF TEAMS AND EVERY SINGLE ONE HAS HAD ITS OWN PARTICULAR PLUS AND MINUS POINTS, BUT HE DOES SAY THAT IT HASBEEN THE TIME THAT HE’S SPENT PLAYING OPPOSING FORCE, OR OPFOR, WHERE HE’S ENJOYED HIMSELF THE MOST. FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, HE FINALLY STARTS TO LOOK AT OPFOR “MAIN FORCE”!
THE NEED FOR SPEED: PART I
ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT SEEM THAT WE ARE ALL CONSTANTLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE “LATEST AND BESTEST” INNOVATIONS THAT WILL MAKE OUR AEGS AND GBBS UTTER DEVASTATORS AND BRINGERS OF DOOM, IN PART 1 OF A TWO-PART FEATURE, BOYCIE TAKES A LOOK BACK AT WHERE WE’VE COME FROM AND HOW WE CAN USE THE SIMPLEST OF “FIXES” TO OUR BEST ADVANTAGE!
RELOADED CZECH MATE
AA’S “MAN IN TAIWAN”, STEWBACCA, TAKES A LOOK BACK AT HOW AND WHY HE ENDED UP USING A KJ WORKS CZ75 SHADOW 2 FOR HIS ACTION AIR EXPLOITS.
SOMETIMES SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
FRENCHIE HAS WRITTEN ABOUT MULTITOOLS ON MORE THAN A FEW OCCASIONS IN AIRSOFT ACTION AND THIS MONTH HE’S GOING TO ADD TO THAT GROWING PILE, BY TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT ONE OF HIS FAVOURITES.
“A SHOOTER NEEDS ONLY ONE RIFLE!” ...SAID NO AIRSOFTER …EVER!
NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF PLATFORM IT IS, ALL OF US AT AIRSOFT ACTION ARE GENUINELY DELIGHTED TO SEE SOMETHING THAT’S JUST A BIT DIFFERENT AND IN A DEPARTURE FROM HIS USUAL PREFERENCE OF AIRSOFT RIFS, BOYCIE TAKES A LONG, HARD LOOK AT THE STEYR SCOUT BOLT ACTION RIFLE THAT’S COME TO MARKET COURTESY OF ACTIONSPORTGAMES (ASG).
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