In Skinnergram #119, it was alluded to the Shadow being a smaller than the Escort, pistol. I could only imagine the Escort slide on the former original Ranger/ LS grip length frame. Is the Shadow shorter? The pic does not appear so.The Shadow is indeed a new STI offering but its already out. When we got the first few in a couple weeks ago there was much excitement about them. Mike said he hates 3" guns but for some reason loves this one. Its not a competition gun by any measure, its a carry gun.