Range Report: CZ’s Polymer Pistol — The CZ P-10C

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

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 P-10C. It isn’t radical in design and technology, but it is different from anything CZ has done before.

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 P-10C. 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 P-10C 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.

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.

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 takedown 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.

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 P-10C 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 P-10C 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 P-10C? How does it rank among the CZ line? Share your answers or opinions in the comment section.


About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

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The Firearms Instructor
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Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (19)

  1. When I started looking at the P10C at a gun show I developed a blood blister on the bottom tip of my trigger finger just from pulling back to the wall not dry firing and decided not to buy but still loved the way it felt so natural to my grip. Heading home I stopped at a local big box store that sells firearms, they had the same pistol and got it $60 cheaper. When I got home I ordered the HBI trigger installed it and always shoot 200 to 300 rounds a session with no problems. The grip texture is aggressive but I have gotten use to it and do not even pay attention to it now. Recoil and staying on target is so manageable that it has made this novice “Pistolero” a better Shooter. The only ammo it has not liked was some Winchester white box steel cased I bought by accident but neither did my other two semi autos. It took me four hours to clean three pistols after one box of that crap. If you are not a dyed in the wool fanboy of another brand try the P10C or the P10F if you prefer a full size and I think you will like it, maybe a lot.

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. instead of trying to operate the slide have you tried holding the slide stationary and pushing the frame forward works great for me !!

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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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