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.

SLRule

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 (14)

  • mrsgunnut10

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    I guess the Semi-Automatic Weapons are the most popular over everything else but why can’t there be some new Revolvers for the Gun Makers to show off, once in a while. I have, as they say, Uncle R. Authritus in both wrists, and in the knuckles of both hands, plus both of my Rotator Cuffs are shot and I can’t operate the slide of those Semi-Automatics any more. I know it isn’t the Gun Makers fault, but still, it would be nice to see some new ” Lite Weight Revolvers ” on the market. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

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  • Ryan

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    The CZ P10c is an excellent pistol. I was lucky enough to be one of the first in the United States to receive one. I have around a 1000 rounds through it without one failure. After my first 200 round range session, I was concerned about the aggressive texturing as my hand was a bit sensitive to it. However, since then, my hand has adjusted and I actually prefer the texturing. In fact, I wish more of my guns had it. It stays put in the hand even when sweating. I really like the auto load feature. Not many reviewers mention this but it is awesome. Slam in a loaded mag and the slide releases automatically to load a new round. The firearm is high quality, accurate, easy to control, comfortable in hand, reliable and built to last. What more could you want? It is definitely my favorite striker fired pistol and I highly recommend.

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  • Alan

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    But does it fit glock glock 19 holsters like promised? I have several kydex holsters for the g19 and was just curious

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  • Jack Edwards

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    Sounds like the copycat of the Browning High Power copied their copycat the EAA Witness as this echoes the reviews by several of the polymer witness!

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    • RKC

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      This pistol is on no way similar to the double action first shot Witness.

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  • Charles Hackett

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    I was interested in the review of any CZ products. I have a CZ P-01 and a CZ 75-B. From my experience with the harsh trigger pulls of both of these
    Weapons, I would never purchase another CZ pistol. Well made firearms but the triggers in both models make them a poor purchase decision.

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  • Henry Vazquez

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    First I am a big CZ fan. I personally carry the PO9. However when I shot it I was not overly impressed. It is decent for a Stryker fire pistol but will keep shooting my PO9. Sorry CZ. In my opinion this gun is over rated. SGT. V. US Army

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  • Don

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    Sounds like they’re real nice, shame you can’t find one.C’mon CZ get with it.

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  • Erik

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    I purchased one of the first P10Cs available in the Chicago area. I was looking to buy my first striker fired pistol, and the CZ did not disappoint. The trigger is excellent. As a lefty, I enjoy the firearm’s truly ambidextrous controls. After cleaning the CZ, I took to the range. I shot out the bullseye with my first full magazine from 10-15 yards. I’m very happy with my purchase!

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  • Spencer

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    I purchased a CZ P-07 16 months ago based on nearly a hundred excellent reviews! I’ve never been as pleased with a pistol than with this one. I was shocked at how good the single action trigger pull is. My breaks a tad under 4lbs. I prefer hammer fired pistols for one reason…. Even in the dark I know whether it’s cocked or not. The feed ramp is highly polished & where it meets the chamber what sometimes a sharp corner on others, is radiused & polished nicely also. It has fed everything I’ve put thru it, including cast bullet loads flawlessly. Empty it weighs the same as my M39-2 S&W. However 15 rounds in a magazine adds 9.5 ounces w/124 grain bullets. It groups better than my M39-2 S&W. The muzzle jump is noticeably less than my S&W with the same loads which I consider an advantage for myself. I especially like the white dots on the front & rear sight which allows me to align my sights quicker. I’ve never been more pleased with a pistol purchase.
    Just as some others… it comes with 3 rear grip inserts which is appreciated by me because I have smaller hands than most.

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  • Doug

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    I bought one from the first batch to hit the states. I was supremely impressed with the trigger and especially the reset. The pulse in your finger could reset this trigger. It is right there and audible. Where I had a problem which lead to me selling off the pistol was in the grip. The aggressive spikes became uncomfortable with extended firing and the palm swell seemed to hit me right against the thumb knuckle. The beavertail also rode the top of my thumb knuckle rather than the web of my palm. I don’t blame the gun for these issues. The problem is in the relation between the gun and my hand and I surely didn’t want to try and change my grip style just to shoot this gun, so I sold it right away. I still love my CZ P-01 and plan to acquire more CZ’s, it’s just this one didn’t fit me.

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