Shadow Systems Releases Multi-Role MR918 9mm Pistol

Plano, TX (January, 2019) – Shadow Systems, a US-based manufacturer of custom Glock pistols and Glock compatible parts and accessories, is proud to announce the release of their first proprietary pistol design, the MR918.

The MR918 name comes from the idea of creating a true “multi-role” pistol. The size and operating system are inspired by the Glock Gen4 G19 model, but many aspects have been completely redesigned. In particular, the frame features a new approach to interchangeable backstraps, called the NPOA system for “Natural Point of Aim.” Shadow ignored the conventional “small, medium, and large” approach and opted for backstraps that fundamentally change the bore orientation of the pistol. Included with the pistol is a high, neutral, and low backstrap; each backstrap’s name corresponds to how it orients the muzzle relative to the shooter’s hand.

Chad Jewett, Shadow National Sales Manager, notes: “Many people find Glocks point high for them. Others love it. We have a High backstrap for Glock lovers, a Neutral backstrap that matches our custom Glocks with a backstrap reduction, and a Low backstrap that brings the muzzle down even further like a 1911 with a flat mainspring housing. Each one makes the gun point totally differently so you can find what matches your natural point of aim.”

Shadow has incorporated many of the customer-favorite extras found on their current custom pistols including front and rear directional serrations, optic cuts, window cuts, stainless guide rods, and flat-faced triggers. Every pistol also includes a proprietary removable magazine well at no extra charge for those who want to improve their reload speed. Surprisingly, the pistols feature reasonable price points in the $799-999 range.

General Manager, Trevor Roe, explains: “From the beginning, our goal was to give the consumer a bet-your-life reliable, feature-packed pistol for under $1K. We’ve invested a ton to get here and have incorporated lean manufacturing practices to control cost. The result is the highest value, U.S. produced handgun in existence. It’s a no brainer when the next best thing might be $1,000 more.”

The MR918 is available in “Combat” and “Elite” versions, with or without optic cuts. All models feature a match grade, spiral-fluted barrel with either a premium bronze Titanium CarboNitride finish or black DLC finish. All slides feature a black DLC finish. All models also include three NPOA backstraps, a detachable magazine well, and a zippered range bag.

The guns below are pre-production hand-stippled versions. Hand stippling may be available as custom option in the future:


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.

The MR918 will be released to the public at SHOT Show, on January 22nd, 2019. They will be immediately available for pre-order and the first MR918 pistols will ship in March 2019.

Back Straps

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.

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6 Responses to “Shadow Systems Releases Multi-Role MR918 9mm Pistol”

  1. Kango says:

    I wonder what the barrel length is. Hopefully more like the G48 instead of G19.

  2. Ray forest says:

    Ah look at that a grip module that makes a flat backstrap. Are you looking glock??

  3. mark says:

    I’m stoked to see this.

    I’ve been wanting. grip angle changing backstraps for a few years now.

  4. Rockymountain9 says:

    You know, there was a real need in the market for more Glock brand Glocks (TM) with front serrations, slide windows, golden barrels, and frame stippling. I’m glad Shadow Systems was astute enough to observe this and act on it before anyone else.

    • PTM says:

      It’s hard not to be cynical about it this way, but … it’s a testimony to the popularity of Glock and its ability (endlessly?) to be modified, changed, customized, etc.

      And, it’s how Capitalism work, so if you don’t like it, you are a Commie.


  5. Payce says:

    Compared to a standard Glock you’re getting A LOT for not much more money, and compared to getting work done on your gun you’re paying A LOT less for the same or more. This is a ridiculous deal actually. You may not like Austrian Tupperware guns but can’t deny there’s a lot to like here.