AND THE WINNER IS…
THE CZ P-10C EXHIBITS RUGGED RELIABILITY AND SUPERIOR ERGONOMICS
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.
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.
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.