Range Report: CZ’s Polymer Pistol — The CZ P10-C

By Bob Campbell published on in Firearms, Range Reports

I have considerable experience with CZ pistols, from the original CZ 75 to the CZ P-01 and other variants. But nothing prepared me for the experience of  handling and firing the newest CZ pistol, the CZ P10-C. It isn’t radical in design and technology, but it is different from anything CZ has done before.

CZ P10-C pistol right side over a used paper target

The new CZ 9mm exhibited good practical accuracy.

CZ has entered the lucrative polymer frame, striker-fired 9mm market in a big way, and I predict it will make a big splash in the pond—not only with CZ fans, but among all shooters.

The first thing I noticed when hefting the pistol was that that the grip feels good. It isn’t neutral like the Glock in that it fits most hands OK. This one really fit the hand well. The grip angle is excellent. The CZ line is famous for this feel, and it continues in the CZ P10-C. The grip features a swell in mid palm and a well-designed beavertail that makes for a low bore axis. The pistol features three changeable grip straps, so everyone should be able to fire the new pistol.

The grip angle makes for a good natural point. I do not point shoot, but I always aim my pistols. Just the same, this natural heft is good when you are on the move and want to get the sights to the eyes quickly. The low bore centerline also limits muzzle flip. There simply isn’t much leverage for the grip to rise.

This grip also gives the shooter good purchase when firing, and this means the grip is stabilized as the trigger finger presses the trigger straight to the rear. Attention to detail pays off, and this is a well-designed handgun in this regard. The trigger guard is generous and would easily accommodate gloved hand use.

The magazine release/catch and slide stop/lock are fully ambidextrous. It is much easier to design, than later attempt to add a left hand safety. This makes the CZ among a very few truly ambidextrous handguns. The location, shape, and manipulation of these controls are ideal. The finger does not bump into these controls during a firing string, but the controls are easily manipulated quickly under stress.

Trigger compression is important. The trigger must be consistent and smooth but not necessary light. A tight trigger with little play and loose motion is essential for true accuracy. The CZ P10-C trigger breaks at 5.4 pounds on the RCBS trigger gauge. This is slightly lighter than the 5.5-pound Glock standard. It is considerably lighter than the 6.0 pounds found on some Glocks and the Smith and Wesson M&P.

Field stripped CZ P10-C pistol

The pistol is simple to field strip. Maintenance is as easy as it gets.

The trigger is controllable because it is consistent. There is a modest take up, and the trigger breaks cleanly. Those who fired the pistol commented on the rapid and audible reset. The pistol features a trigger action similar to the Glock.

Slide energy partially preps the striker while the trigger pulls the striker to the rear to break the sear and send the striker forward to fire the cartridge. The action is free of creep and stacking. It isn’t a SIG P210, but it is better than most striker-fired pistols.

I also examined and studied the firing pin block. This isn’t the common plunger type example, but rather a type known as the rotating drop safety. It is claimed to be more reliable in harsh conditions than the common plunger type. This type of firing pin block may interfere less with the trigger action. The magazines hold 15 9mm Luger cartridges.

CZ P10-C with attached TruGlo light/laser

The CZ P10 features a light rail. TruGlo’s combat light/laser is a good fit for any tactical pistol.

The steel slide is well finished with no tool marks and sports a blue finish. The sights are steel and offer an excellent three-dot sight picture. The slide features forward cocking serrations that are readily grasped and effective.

The pistol does not have to be decocked to be taken down, and breaks down with two take down levers. Lock up is standard fare for most modern handguns. The barrel hood locks into the ejection port. The barrel is angled in and out of lockup by angled camming surfaces.

The initial examination showed the pistol has many good features. For example, the pistol features a light rail on the frame to accommodate modern combat lights and lasers. However, the truth is in the firing. This means firing with a good cross section of ammunition including training loads and service loads in different bullet weights. These included the Federal 115-grain Syntech, Federal American Eagle 124-grain FMJ, Federal 124-grain HST, CCI Blazer 115-grain FMJ, Hornady 124-grain XTP +P, Hornady 147-grain XTP, and Browning 147-grain FMJ training load.

Bob Campbell shooting the CZ P10-C 9mm pistol

In rapid fire the CZ 9mm proved both reliable and accurate.

I have encountered handguns that refused to operate with one load or another, and a true service-grade handgun cannot be accepted if it does this. I added other loads as the test progressed to test accuracy from the bench rest and a standing barricade firing position. These included the Fiocchi 115-grain Extrema JHP and the Winchester 124-grain PDX.

This wasn’t a one- or two-day test, and the CZ never failed to feed, chamber, fire, or eject with a variety of loads. Like all quality handguns, the CZ preferred some loads to others but accuracy was service grade- inside of four inches at 25 yards from the bench rest, and much better with other loads. After much experience with the Glock, Walther, and Smith and Wesson striker-fired handguns, it appears the CZ is at least as accurate and perhaps more so.

In combat firing, I would rate the CZ P10-C a superior handgun based on the grip shape and the pistol’s low bore axis. The grip definitely fits the hand well and the sights are good combat sights. The trigger action is controllable and muzzle flip limited. Overall, the CZ P10-C is an excellent handgun well worth its price.

Bench Rest Groups, 25 yards, Average of two 5-shot Groups

Cartridge Muzzle Velocity Group Size in Inches
Browning 147-grain FMJ 945 fps 2.65
Federal American Eagle 124-grain FMJ 1130 fps 3.2
Federal 124-grain HST 1211 fps 2.4
Fiocchi 115-grain Extrema 1105 fps 1.9
SIG Sauer 124-grain V Crown 1216 fps 2.6
Hornady 124-grain XTP +P 1242 fps 2.8
Hornady 147-grain XTP 960 fps 1.95
Winchester 124-grain PDX +P 1230 fps 2.5

Are you a CZ fan? Have you shot the P10-C? How does it rank among the CZ line? Share your answers or opinions in the comment section.


Bob Campbell is a former peace officer and published author with over 40 years combined shooting and police and security experience. Bob holds a degree in Criminal Justice. Bob is the author of the books, The Handgun in Personal Defense, Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry, The 1911 Automatic Pistol, The Gun Digest Book of Personal Protection and Home Defense, The Shooter’s Guide to the 1911, The Hunter and the Hunted, and The Complete Illustrated Manual of Handgun Skills. His latest book is Dealing with the Great Ammo Shortage. He is also a regular contributor to Gun Tests, American Gunsmith, Small Arms Review, Gun Digest, Concealed Carry Magazine, Knife World, Women and Guns, Handloader and other publications. Bob is well-known for his firearm testing.

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Comments (18)

  • Bill


    I own a black version and love this gun. I have owned other polymer striker pistols such as G26,G19, H&K vp9 sk. The P10c and VP9 sk share my carry rotation and I have put at least 800 flawless rounds through the CZ and about 600 through th H&K. The gen 4 G26 has been on the shelf for the last couple of months. Yes my Glock will always be there for comfort. But I am excited to see the quality competition that SHOULD prompt Glock to be create something new (carbine?). Glocks out of the box with night sights and front slide serrations would be a great addition too. Other companies are putting out some awesome pistols too. Unfortunately my bank account won’t allow for more than I have at this time. It’s a great day and age for polymer and striker fire fans indeed!


  • Terry Gay


    I intensely dislike triggers with the safety lever. The are uncomfortable and this make this pistol a no buy for me.


  • Charlie Cochran


    Have owned just about every striker fired pistol made. This pistol and a Walther PPQM2 are the only ones that I haven’t been tempted to change in even the slightest degree. Simply put, I can’t find anything to criticize about the P10C. Ergonomics are superior. Accuracy is excellent. The price is right. What more could you want?


    • BenScratchin


      I have 200 rnds through my P-10 with no issues. Overall a good but. However, I experience “finger pinch” after firing several rounds. The “paddle trigger safety” and the smallish trigger guard are my only gripe. Compared to my P-07 the P-10 trigger guard is much smaller.


    • Spencer


      You must have large hands. I have small hands & experience no problems. I’ve assumed people like us have problems from time to time, not only with guns.
      At one time I wanted a double stack 45 ACP 1911 & the larger grip was just to large for me.


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