And though she be but little, she is fierce – Shakespeare

By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

New for 2022 is the Shadow Systems CR920.  With its introduction at this year’s SHOT Show, this 9mm has all the features of the DR920 and the MR920, but in a Micro Compact configuration.  The CR stands for Covert Role. Shadow Systems listened to their customers who wanted a Micro Compact version 9mm, and they delivered!

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.


The weapon has polymer frame with aggressive stippling, accessory rail, and a flat face, 5-pound trigger.  One possible minus is the need for proprietary magazines.  Their larger sized models use standard Glock magazines.  The Covert Role is a very small pistol, designed with high capacity in mind.  Physically, it’s about one sixth of a G43, but because it carries 5 more rounds, a proprietary magazine is needed. Not a big deal for the compact benefits, in my mind.


The slide features directional serrations in the front and rear.  Steel sights with a tritium front grace the topside of the slide.  The optic cut on the CR920 allows for direct-to-slide mounting of most brands of mini-RDS optics, including the Shield RMS and Holosun 507k.  The CR920 has a match-grade, spiral-fluted, 3.41-inch barrel, available in Shadow Systems’ customary bronze or black nitride.


Type: Striker Fire

Caliber: 9×19

Magazine capacity: 10 or 13 Rounds

Sights: Steel with Tritium Dot

Barrel Length: 3.41 Inches

Overall Length: 6.37 Inches

Width: 1.05 Inches

Weight: 17.8 Ounces

Trigger Pull: 5 Pounds

MSRP: $679



I think the CR920 is an outstanding Micro Compact design.  The light weight and small size make it an outstanding EDC pistol.  Go check out the Shadow Systems CR920 and see if its right for your situation!

That’s all for now folks!   Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas.  And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at