I’ve been informed by knowledgeable individuals that CZ firearms are like cats in that one should get them in at least pairs to keep each other company. Not too long after getting a CZ P-09 as documented here, I acquired a CZ P-10C from the FLGS (Fine Local Gun Shop) after trading in my very first two firearms (a S&W Shield 9 and a Hi-Point 995TS carbine). After a couple of range visits with the P-10C, I’m starting to think that the Glock G19 Gen5 may be needing a new home soon.
Flattery Is the Sincerest Form of Imitation?
You might be thinking that I’ve gone and drunk the “Czech Kool-Aid” to consider divesting my Glock, and you may be onto something. CZUB enjoys a near-legendary reputation for their DA/SA CZ 75, and while they’ve been at the polymer frame, striker fired game (a.k.a., gaining on Gaston’s Gat) since the mid-90’s with the CZ 100 the P-10 is a relatively recent offering that appears to do everything that the G19 does, but better and cheaper.
But First, to the Range!
Fortunately no meteorological disaster stood in the way of breaking in the P-10C after its purchase, and I made an uncharacteristic mid-week visit to the PSTC gun range to try out our newest CZ.
Here we see the first 30 holes punched with the P-10C, all at 7 yards. With a few exceptions, all the bullets landed within the 3" targets. I found the rounded grip edges worked well with the more aggressive textures to keep the pistol firmly in hand and on target. The recoil was what I’d expected from a polymer frame compact 9mm, and while the tritium night sights weren’t all that relevant in a well-lit indoor environment, the sights themselves were easy to align.
Roy Rogers Didn’t Need a Trigger Warning
It seems that no pistolero loves any out-of-the-box trigger, as they obsessively replace and/or tweak the stock mechanism with aftermarket components. Even the venerable CZ 75 and its offspring isn’t immune to this “Cajunizing”, and I suppose I simply have not been particular enough to make the effort on any of my handguns. Yes, I’m lazy.
Anyway, the TL/DR is that I quite like how the P-10C’s trigger feels. It has a smooth, short pull, and the “break” is pronounced without being a kinetic brick wall to bust through. I believe the pull weight is slightly lighter than the G19, but it feels easier to make a smoother press which disrupts the sights less in the process.
An Intentional Snag
I stumbled across an interesting “feature” of the P-10C’s trigger safety during dry fire practice. I’d noticed that the trigger sometimes became quite “gritty,” returning a very tactile feedback of something snagging while being pressed.
After a brief moment of panic where I questioned every life decision that brought me to that place and time, I’d realized that the “tab” that sticks out of the trigger has to be depressed uniformly, otherwise grittiness will result (and if it’s done badly enough, the trigger won’t press - which I suppose is the point of the mechanism, so it’s working as intended). Derp.
A Couple of Outings Later
I’ve made two range visits with the P-10C so far and put a bit over 100 rounds through it with zero malfunctions (the peculiarity observed above never occurred while on the lanes). Despite my less-than-stellar marksmanship abilities, the P-10C acquits itself well at 7 to 15 yards. I look forward to holster draw practice when I can book some Green Deck time (and incidentally the P-10C fits my G19 holsters… again, working as intended).