A new era
To put things in perspective – the first generation of the CZ 75 TS pistol was, and still is, a fantastic firearm. Developed by top engineers with extensive experience in the design and manufacture of firearms, it was one of the best firearms available for use in Standard Division for many years.
But CZ has changed a lot over the years. Over the course of time, CZ itself has changed, undergoing a radical modernization of production equipment that began in 2006 and incorporated not only the latest in manufacturing technology, but an improvement in materials as well. Not a company to rest on past achievements, CZ’s research and development process has also seen many progressive and forward-thinking changes. The combination of these many factors has contributed to the extraordinary success of the latest generation of CZ weapons.
Members of the armed forces were the first to gain the benefits of this new approach, with a great leap forward regarding military and defensive firearms. CZ then turned its attention to sport shooters. The introduction of the CZ Shadow 2 model in 2018 confirmed that they were setting the bar higher in all respects. In fact, many thought that the CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow was the absolute pinnacle in the development of the classic all-steel SA/DA model from the 1970s. Then this second generation of the Shadow came along and shook the industry, owing to the fact that it was better in all essential areas – and was beautiful as well. The “2” in the name is a bit misleading, as the CZ Shadow 2 was developed as a completely new weapon, which combined the extensive experience of the CZ Shooting Team with the latest design and production processes.
The same tactic was subsequently applied to the pistol designed for the Standard Division. That’s right. Even the new CZ TS 2 has almost nothing in common with the first model (just the magazine and a few parts), although all characteristics of the first model’s successful operation were taken into account in its development. The external appearance of this model seems to show a distinct relationship to the CZ Shadow 2. The CZ TS 2, however, was built completely independently of the CZ Shadow. The similar features and elements are only the result of using a unified base of components, as well as application of the same technologies. The same goes for the design, which has proven itself to be very successful for both the CZ Shadow 2 and the CZ TS 2, as it is equally at home as a sports model and defensive weapon.