AND THE WIN­NER IS…

THE CZ P-10C EX­HIBITS RUGGED RE­LI­A­BIL­ITY AND SU­PE­RIOR ER­GONOMICS

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY CHUCK TAY­LOR

The CZ P-10C ex­hibits rugged re­li­a­bil­ity and su­pe­rior er­gonomics.

By Chuck Tay­lor

When the Glock 17 first ap­peared back in 1986, I don’t think any­one, in­clud­ing Gas­ton Glock him­self, had any idea of the im­pact it would have on the hand­gun world. Poly­mer frames couldn’t take the pound­ing, they said, and its dou­ble-ac­tion-only de­sign would never pass muster. And the trig­ger-mounted safety, they said, would never work out. There would be neg­li­gent dis­charges ga­lore.

“MINE HAS NOW DIGESTED OVER 10,000 ROUNDS OF VAR­I­OUS 9MM AMMO, AND IS SHOW­ING NO PAR­TIC­U­LAR IN­DI­CA­TION OF WEAR, NOR HAS IT MAL­FUNC­TIONED...”

Well, they were wrong. It’s been more than three decades now and the Glock 17 has be­come the world’s most pop­u­lar hand­gun, with more than 70 per­cent of the world’s mil­i­tary and po­lice or­ga­ni­za­tions us­ing them. It’s poly­mer con­struc­tion,

DAO de­sign and trig­ger-safety have passed the test of time, mak­ing it the world’s tough­est hand­gun. Cu­ri­ously, the other man­u­fac­tur­ers didn’t get the mes­sage, at least not right away. For years, they ig­nored the huge and ever-in­creas­ing in­flu­ence the Glock had ex­erted on the mar­ket, but when they fi­nally fig­ured it out, they all jumped in with both feet and to­day, nearly every­one of­fers some kind of striker-fired DAO in a mul­ti­tude of cal­ibers.

ENTER THE P-10C

The lat­est en­try into this mar­ket is CZ’s P-10C 9mm. It hit the hand­gun mar­ket hard and has con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence a high wave of pop­u­lar­ity that thus far shows no sign of sub­sid­ing. CZ is ship­ping them out as fast as they can build them, yet they con­tinue to be in short sup­ply. There can be only one ex­pla­na­tion for this: Peo­ple are also buy­ing them as fast as the deal­ers can get them in stock.

Why is the P-10C so pop­u­lar? Sim­ple. Even be­fore you get it on the shoot­ing range, a quick visual ex­am­i­na­tion tells the tale. The term is er­gonomics. Sim­ply put, it feels good in your hand. Its con­trols are well-lo­cated for fast ac­cess and op­er­a­tion un­der stress and the var­i­ous back­straps that come with it al­low a per­fect fit to nearly any hand. It also fea­tures am­bidex­trous slide lock levers and mag­a­zine re­lease but­tons, in def­er­ence to the fact that 20 per­cent of the peo­ple in this world are left-handed.

Field­strip­ping takes less than 10 sec­onds, an­other great fea­ture.

Sim­ply lock the slide back, turn the take-down lever, pull the trig­ger and…voila! The slide, bar­rel and re­coil spring are re­leased and then eas­ily with­drawn from the frame.

And it doesn’t stop there. Once you get it to the range, the P-10C con­tin­ues to im­press. Be­cause it’s well-bal­anced, it’s fast from any kind of de­cently de­signed hol­ster, easy to con­trol in the fast shoot­ing se­quences typ­i­cal of tac­ti­cal shoot­ing and, thanks

to its gen­er­ously large mag­a­zine well, easy to speed load. Its high-viz fixed sights with their in­laid three-dot hor­i­zon­tal white dots are quickly and eas­ily ac­quired and the mul­ti­ple back­straps that come with it, al­low cus­tom fit­ting to vir­tu­ally any hand.

AC­CU­RATE TOO

From an ac­cu­racy stand­point, the two P-10Cs I’ve had the plea­sure of work­ing with both shot into 2 inches at 25 me­ters over a sand­bag rest, and though I’ve run a mul­ti­tude of dif­fer­ent bul­let de­signs through mine, I’ve yet to ex­pe­ri­ence a mal­func­tion.

My per­sonal P-10C shot ex­cep­tion­ally well with the 85-grain Dy­namic Re­search Tech­nolo­gies “Ter­mi­nal Shock” load, with three-shot groups of 1.25 to 1.5 inches be­ing typ­i­cal. With 124-grain NATO ball (FMJ), the 147-grain “G2” govern­ment-con­tract JHP, Fed­eral Hy­dra-Shock 124-grain JHP and Rem­ing­ton 115-grain JHP, three­shot groups of 1.5 to 1.8 inches were the norm.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Last win­ter, I used the P-10C in a head-to-head com­par­i­son with the Gen 5 Glock 17, FN-509, SIG P-320 and Spring­field Ar­mory XD-9. The course of fire was the ex­tremely dif­fi­cult Amer­i­can Small Arms Acad­emy Hand­gun Com­bat Mas­ter Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Course. The ASAA HCM is su­per-fast, and all-en­com­pass­ing in the sense that it en­tails vir­tu­ally all the shoot­ing and weapon-han­dling chal­lenges in­her­ent to com­bat hand­gun­ning.

Yet when the smoke had cleared, the P-10C emerged as top gun. With­out ques­tion, though all the pis­tols used are the best 9mm striker-fired de­signs cur­rently of­fered, the P-10C’s su­pe­rior er­gonomics con­trib­uted sub­stan­tially to its su­pe­rior per­for­mance.

Me­chan­i­cally, the P-10C seems to be cut from the same mold as the su­per-tough Glock. Mine has now digested over 10,000 rounds of var­i­ous 9mm ammo, and is show­ing no par­tic­u­lar in­di­ca­tion of wear, nor has it mal­func­tioned, even with a va­ri­ety of com­mer­cial hand­loads of ques­tion­able qual­ity. Fin­ish wear is min­i­mal, even though it’s been pre­sented a high speed from a Ky­dex hol­ster thou­sands of times now.

EV­ERY­THING YOU NEED

In short, my im­pres­sion of the

P-10C is en­tirely pos­i­tive. It’s tough, re­li­able, more ac­cu­rate than any­one can shoot it, and pos­sesses the best “hu­man-engi­neer­ing” of any of the 9mm striker-fired pis­tols cur­rently avail­able. And its MSRP—$499—makes it ex­cep­tion­ally af­ford­able, even for those with the tight­est of bud­gets.

All things con­sid­ered, the P-10C is a win­ner and a great choice for any kind of con­cealed-carry or gen­eral-pur­pose de­fen­sive func­tion. Take a look at it—I think you’ll agree. CC

“...THE P-10C’S SU­PE­RIOR ER­GONOMICS CON­TRIB­UTED SUB­STAN­TIALLY TO ITS SU­PE­RIOR PER­FOR­MANCE.”

Top: Gen­er­ous mag­a­zine well pro­vides for fast speed load­ing and mal­func­tion clear­ing.

02: Fa­mil­iar trig­ger-mounted safety of the Glock is also present on the P-10C. 03: Take­down lever is also the same as found on the Glock. 04A, 04B: High-vis­i­bil­ity fixed sights with white three-dot hor­i­zon­tal pat­tern in­serts al­low fast sight ac­qui­si­tion in both nor­mal and low light.

Right: Rough tex­tured front and back­straps, as well as the sides of the grip-frame, and ad­justable back­strap ca­pa­bil­ity, al­low ex­cel­lent fit to vir­tu­ally any shoot­ing hand and pro­vide su­pe­rior con­trol­la­bil­ity dur­ing fast fir­ing se­quences. Above: Avail­able in both black matte and flat dark earth, and for a rel­a­tively mod­est price, the P-10C is a clear win­ner. Right: Am­bidex­trous mag­a­zine re­lease but­tons al­low left-handed shoot­ers to speed load as quickly as right-han­ders. Left: For­ward grasp­ing grooves and in­te­gral light rail are also a nice touch.

Right: Re­lieved ejec­tion port pro­vides bet­ter spent case ejec­tion and pre­vents dent­ing of the spent case. This is a boon for those who reload their own ammo.

Left: Am­bidex­trous slide lock levers al­low left-handed shoot­ers equally fast speed loads and mal­func­tion clear­ances.

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