The arrival of the new CZ P10 onto the striker-fire pistol market is causing a lot of excitement. Formalito, the South African importer of CZ, has confirmed that the first CZ P10 pistol has landed, and it is now doing the rounds on a roadshow to various dealers nationally.
The latest addition to CZ’s excellent range of pistols has been long anticipated and initial impressions since the P10 was launched in the USA in late 2016 has been very positive. Glock is, and has been, the striker-fired pistol market leader for the past three decades. It has a proven track record and legions of fans, so CZ had to pull out all the stops to make sure that their striker-fired offering has solid chance of gaining traction.
The Glock 19 is currently one of the most popular pistols in the USA, if not the world. It therefore makes sense that CZ decided to tackle the market leader head-on with their new P10.
Size-wise the two pistols are virtually identical and the 70 gram weight difference between the Glock 19 and CZ P10 is negligible. The similarities do not end there either. Field stripping of the P10 is accomplished in exactly the same manner as with the Glock, and even the P10’s trigger guard is shaped in the same way that there is immediate compatibility between the P10 and retention holsters designed for the Glock 19.
So what makes the CZ P10 different from the Glock 19, and where can CZ claim to offer an improvement? This is where the rub lies, since no market leader has ever been dethroned by a copy of the original.
For starters, the trigger has received rave reviews from those who have shot the P10. As one American reviewer puts it: “The P-10 C’s trigger is a recipe for success. Keep much of the Glock’s creep but polish it smooth, drop the pull weight down to four-ish pounds, tweak the break so it’s cleaner and less “springy,” and include a fantastic reset that’s tactile, audible, and really short. This is a trigger that begs to be shot fast.”
The ergonomics of the P10 is another feather in CZ’s cap. Natural pointability, light palmswells and a curved backstrap (with three different size options) is likely to be both noticed and appreciated by consumers. The grip texture is larger and sharper than the Glock’s which contributes to a more secure hold.
The sights are another strong point on the new CZ P10. They are steel three-dot sights with glow in the dark ability, and the P10 will actually feature exactly the same dovetail sights currently used on the CZ Shadow 2 competition pistol. Sight upgrades later on will thus be simple.
A unique feature is that the P10 features an ambidextrous slide stop, not something most shooters will require but possibly a feature that could be of considerable value to left-handed shooters.
Accuracy is also top notch according to reviews. Groups of less than 1 inch at 25 yards were obtained by shooters, a notable feat considering that the P10 is a compact pistol with a relatively short barrel length of 4,02 inches.
Given the P10's debut accolades it is a pistol that promises exciting possibilities for shooters.
The CZ P10 will be available on dealer shelves in South Africa from July onwards. At this stage retail price is still to be determined but if the exchange rate holds it should be retailing in the region of the R12,000 mark.
The CZ P10 comes standard with a lockable plastic box containing:
- small, medium, and large backstraps
- two 15-round magazines
- cleaning brush and rod,
- factory test target,
- cable gun lock,
- owner’s manual
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