Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
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Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
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By Virgil Caldwell

CZ got into the 9mm polymer striker-fired pistol game with the the introduction of the excellent CZ P-10 C. The original pistol was the compact version of the then-new platform. CZ later released the F and S model P-10 pistols.

Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
CZ P-10 Optics-Ready 9mm Luger handgun (Courtesy CZ)

Not surprisingly, the F is the full-size pistol, similar to the GLOCK 17. The P-10 S is a sub-compact and fits the same market niche as the G26 and similar pistols.

The P-10 S is slightly larger than the GLOCK 26, but carries two more rounds. While the P-10 guns are similar in general operation to other polymer frame handguns, it’s clearly a pistol with a CZ style that sets it apart.

Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
The P-10 S builds off of the excellent ergonomics of the P-10 C (Virgil Caldwell for TTAG)

Features

The P-10 S builds on the P-10 C’s best features, with improvements as a result of shooter feedback. The trigger feels crisper in operation than the original. CZ has also improved the pistol’s magazine release. It’s less stiff now and easily swappable for lefties.

The trigger breaks at a very clean 4 pounds and 10 ounces without creep or backlash. Reset is rapid at about .25 inch travel. A rapid reset is often more beneficial than a light trigger in rapid combat shooting. The CZ-P 10 S trigger is better than most any pistol I have handled in the striker fired category.

The P-10 S’s main advantage over other similar handguns is primarily related to its excellent ergonomics. The grip angle is ideal for most shooters and hand sizes That allows for controlling recoil and getting the pistol on target as quickly as possible.

A slightly undercut trigger guard helps. The pebbled and checkered grip surfaces offer a good balance of adhesion and abrasion.

Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
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The pistol is supplied with interchangeable backstraps and two 12-round magazines. It will also accept the 15-round magazines designed for the P-10 C.

The P-10 S features forward cocking serrations, has a standard GLOCK-type takedown, good sights and provides excellent reliability.

Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
Virgil Caldwell for TTAG

The P-10 S features a bright tritium insert in the front sight surrounded by dayglo orange. The serrated rear sight reminds me of the famous Heinie design.

The P-10 S Optics-Ready

Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
Virgil Caldwell for TTAG

The US-made P-10 S Optics-Ready model is delivered with a blank filler plate. Two versions of plates are currently offered, one for the Trijicon RMR and one for the Luepold Delta Point.

My version didn’t allow co witnessing the sights, but you can order taller sights.

I tested the CZ P-10 S Optics-Ready with a Leupold Delta Point red dot which mounted easily with its plate and made for an easy-pointing, quick-shooting combination.

Testing

The primary load used for most of the range work was standard Winchester white box 115 grain FMJ. I also fired a number of personal defense loads including the Winchester 124 grain PDX +P and Black Hills Honey Badger 125 grain loads.

Accuracy was very good with these loads. I settled down, bracing off of a barricade to test accuracy with the Delta Point mounted. I carefully pressed the trigger five times, keeping the red dot aimed at the center of a man-sized target at 20 yards. The five shots settled in a tight 2.0-inch pattern.

The CZ P10 S Optics-Ready is surprisingly easy to shoot and shoot well. There were no break-in period hiccups, no malfunctions of any type during hundreds of rounds of testing.

Felt recoil was very modest. A combination of a well-shaped grip, good textured surface, a crisp trigger and a well-designed recoil spring result in a pistol that is easy to fire and handle despite its relatively small size and light weight.

Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
Virgil Caldwell for TTAG

I sacrificed a few leather holsters I already owned by cutting them to accommodate the red dot-equipped CZ P10 S Optics-Ready. I was then able to execute several rapid presentations from concealed carry. The CZ P 10 is a fast handgun to draw and get on target. The pistol offers a good natural point of aim.

The handle fits my average-size hand very well. The P-10 S’s trigger is smooth and after the shot breaks, reset is rapid. With an optic mounted, placing the red dot on the target and pressing the trigger results in a hit. Firing when moving and firing at targets from 7 to 25 yards yielded excellent results.

Gun Review: CZ P-10S Optics-Ready
Virgil Caldwell for TTAG

The P-10 S is an ideal size pistol for concealed carry. The P-10 S Optics-Ready is more than accurate enough for any intended use, either with or without a red dot mounted. Reliable, fast-handling and accurate, the CZ P-10 S is a great option for concealed carry, personal and home defense.

Specifications: CZ P-10 S Optics-Ready

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 12 + 1 (supplied with two)
Barrel length: 3.5 inches
Overall length: 6.6 in.
Width: 1.26 in.
Weight: 24.4 oz.
MSRP: $577 (about $520 retail)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Style and Appearance * * * *
While polymer striker-fired guns aren’t beautiful, the P-10 S is more attractive than most.

Ergonomics * * * * *
This is a very well designed, easy-handling pistol.

Accuracy * * * * 
The sub-compact CZ P-10 S is more than accurate enough for concealed carry and personal defense use.

Overall * * * * 1/2
When capacity, accuracy, reliability, sights and trigger are added up and combined with the pistol’s optics-ready capability, the CZ P-10 S is a very attractive handgun and one of the best 9mm sub-compacts on the market.

 

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25 COMMENTS

    • The CZ-100 was the first polymer pistol they made but it was double action only. The P-10c is their first polymer striker fired pistol.

    • I own a CZ-100 in .40. It’s has a terrible trigger, but the gun functions flawlessly. I mostly keep it around as an oddity.

  1. The CZ P10 I had experience with beat the hell out of my trigger finger, after 2 magazines I never want to shoot another. Good review though.

    • WTF? P10 triggers are damn light, I dont even know how you could possibly beat your trigger finger on it, maybe after 5000 shots? Not only that, its kinda too light for my taste in case of concealed carry guns that should be carried with one in the chamber.

    • The disadvantage of being in a Golden Age of firearms. Most new plastic fantastics have optics ready options, better triggers, maximized balance of size/weight/capacity, magazines made by MecGar, section of rail underneath, either full ambi or swappable controls, and reasonable prices.

      • Tim, “the golden age of firearms?” Today? You’re a few decades too late for that. This is the age of ordinary, common firearms. Unless you go custom. Or at least semi custom. I was at The Farm Saturday. Mark R showed up with. Barrett .270 and a 1st gen Colt 7 1/2″ SAA. Manufactured 1878 if I remember correctly. Those were interesting firearms.

        • There is something beautiful about the Colt Python of decades ago that the current generation is unlikely to match. Yet to call that, or the late 1800s the golden age? Sorry, but today “ordinary and average” means dozens of super reliable, easily customizable, affordable guns, with interchangeable parts and great warranties that fit any budget. Sounds pretty golden to me.

        • Tim, I understand. You were probably weaned on Tubberware pistols and AR’s. And yeah, I have a Python and several vintage Smiths, Colt SAA. Nice rifles. Working on a deal on a Ruger No. 1 in 7X57 Mauser. Kahles scope. Alex Hendry forearm. You know. Interesting firearms.

    • … a few hundred dollars more and some how, some way, I’m going to own a Colt Trooper Mark Three again,

  2. In the article it says you can buy taller sights that would allow for co-witnessing. Any leads on where these could be bought? I’m trying to find some.

    Thanks for the review!

  3. It’s great more concealed carry pistols are factory optic ready. However there needs to be more red dots that offer an auto-on option if the user is performing a quick draw from concealment. Holosun HS507c, I think is the only that has shake awake function.

    • I think “auto-on” is really not as big of a deal as people may think, now that there are micro RDS’s available that have something like 20-30,000 ours of run time, and some even have auto-brightness adjusting. Just set a reminder to swap the battery periodically and forget about it.

  4. Cool, cool. Where/when can I get one of these? They’ve been “out” for like a year. Yet to see them for sale.

    • I saw one in a local gun shop this weekend. I didn’t even know they had come out with a subcompact model. I was hoping to look at a P07 but it was missing from the case.

  5. I bought mine when it first came out. I need to send it off for a slide cut. It’s been a great pistol. The only negative is the slight pinch the trigger gives me. No pain, just an annoyance.

    • Try the HBI replacement trigger. Takes away the pinch and shortens the pull and reset. Awesome part for about $65.

      • Thanks for the tip, Captain. My friend got himself a p10 c. He complained about the dongle sticking out of the trigger blade and feeling uncomfortable. This should take care of that.

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