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CZ P10c review

Alien Gear Review The CZ P10C

If you want to find out if CZ really justifies the hype but aren't into the hammer-fired double action/single action thing, the CZ P10C gets you into CZ products...and is a worthy pistol in its own right, as we'll discuss in this CZ P10C review. The CZ P-10C doesn't reinvent the wheel but it sure does offer some improvements over the typical medium poly striker gun.

Does the CZ P-10C out-Glock a Glock? If it doesn't, it comes closer than anything else does. On balance, it's one of the better pistols of its type though it does come with a caveat or two should you be curious.

CZ P-10C Was Part Of Army Trials

For those unaware, the CZ P-10C was created by CZ for submission into the US military's XM17 pistol trials, which was eventually won by Sig Sauer with the Sig P320. However, CZ wasn't about to let a little rejection get them down, so they decided to release it to the general public and dubbed it the P-10C.

The P-10C, like other pistols entered into the trial, is a polymer-frame striker-fired pistol, with swappable backstraps so the gun could fit pretty much any hand and generous beavertail shelf for getting a nice high, tight grip.

The format is the compact-ish striker gun that we're pretty much all familiar with at this point, big enough for service use but slim and compact enough for concealed carry. It's just like the Glock 19, M&P Compact or VP9 in that respect.

So is there something to set this one apart from the pack?!

CZ P10C Specs


The CZ P-10C is dimensionally just like the above-mentioned pistols, so it's a compact-ish gun that's the same size you're likely used to with poly striker guns.

Barrel length is 4.02 inches, and overall dimensions are 7.3 inches long by 5.2 inches tall by 1.26 inches wide. Unloaded weight is 26 ounces. The trigger is tabbed, and you have the same passive safety scheme as basically every other gun of this type. Barely any different than the Glock 19 in this regard.

The standard CZ P10C magazine holds 15+1 of 9mm.

Controls are fully ambidextrous, with magazine release buttons, slide release levers and take down tabs on both sides of the frame, which is good news for any lefties out there. Aggressive fore and aft serrations on the slide enable easy racking of the slide.

The gun comes with four sizes of backstrap. The grip has stipling on the side panels and the front and back of the grip housing.

The P-10C has thumb relief cuts in the frame on both sides, thinning the grip toward the top and also features a slight undercut to the trigger guard, enabling a high, tight grip. There's a 1913 rail for your favorite light/laser.

The CZ P10C sights are a set of drift-adjustable white dot combat sights. The rear sight uses the P-07 sight cut but the front sight is unique to the P-10C, so you'll be ordering from CZ if you want to upgrade to night sights.

The standard finish is black, but a CZ P-10C FDE model is available as well, as is an FDE model with a white nitride finish on the slide.

You can also opt for a suppressor-ready model if so desired, replete with tall sights and a threaded barrel.

The CZ P10C price from CZ is $499, but you can find it for $450 or less in-store.

So...a pretty familiar format. Is CZ's plastic fantastic up to snuff?

CZ P10C Review

CZ P10C review

Get to the CZ P10C review already! Fine, fine.

Is this just another plastic gun or does CZ really have something here?

The P-10C actually has some serious upside over similar guns in the same price range. If a person had to rank it, it sits somewhere between the Glock 19 and VP9 in terms of refinement. It isn't as spartan as the Glock, but isn't as polished as the VP9.

The end of the slide and frame is slightly elongated. Along with the undercut of the trigger guard and relief cuts in the frame, you get a natural high, tight grip. The palmswell of the standard backstrap is pleasant enough to hold, but you get four choices of backstrap to get it dialed in.

The CZ P10C sights are a little on the small side. This is good for concealed carry, of course, as larger sights are more liable to snag on clothing. They aren't tiny, so it's not that you'll have a hard time using them, but more that they're noticeably a little slight.

The CZ P10C trigger is quite nice. It isn't the best among striker pistols (H&K and Walther have those) but it's head and shoulders above Glock, S&W and other maker's striker guns. The trigger is light and crisp, with smooth take up. There is a slight wall at the end of the trigger pull, but it isn't nearly as bad as other striker guns. Trigger reset is tactile and audible. In all, one of the better go-pedals on pistols of this type.

In the hand, it balances better than most other guns of this type when unloaded. Most are liable to nosedive out of the hand until you load them, but the P10C has a very balanced feel.

However, one area where the gun will rub some people the wrong way is the stipling. It is ROUGH. It feels like a rasp. Extended shooting sessions will probably get a little rough, and one imagines it won't feel the best against the skin...unless you happen to relish the feeling of a mill file tucked into your waistband all day.

A Hogue or other wrap may be a good investment for daily carry. You won't have to worry about the gun slipping in your grasp, that's for sure, and had one to guess the gun was probably designed to be used with gloves more often than not. That said, you may prefer that feel, but we didn't.

The magazine release was also sticky, requiring a very firm press to actuate. However, we reviewed a new gun, so yours will wear in should you buy one. Ejection was positive, clearing the magazine well easily though the button did stick a bit.

Overall, the CZ P-10C is roughly priced the same as the really popular striker pistols, and it's basically the same size to boot. However, it's more refined than the guns it is directly competing with.

If you're looking at getting a medium striker-fired pistol, don't forget the CZ P10C. Sure, it may not have the cachet as other brands, but you get a better overall gun for the same money.

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