The magazine release buttons were a bit stiff on both sides, but the ambi release made up for that. As a right-handed shooter, I was able to dump a depleted mag faster with my trigger finger on the right button than with my thumb on the left, with less disturbance of grasp. The slide stop lever on each side was also a bit stiff: easy enough to activate with the support hand thumb, but hard to do with the firing hand thumb, particularly for the “slide release function” as opposed to the “lock the slide open for inspection” function. As to manual slide manipulation, I found it easier with this striker-fired polymer model than with the limited grasping area afforded on the older, all-steel double action classic CZs.
Twenty-five-yard, five-shot groups from a benched Matrix rest ran 3.30” with Federal 115-grain JHP, 2.75” with SIG 124-grain V-crown hollow point, and 2.65” with 147-grain WinClean training ammo from Winchester. Testing has shown that the best three of five hand-held shots by an experienced shooter from the bench with no called flyers will about equal what the same gun/load will do for all five from a machine rest. The “best three” measurements were 0.80” with the Federal 115-grain, 1.30” with 124-grain SIG, and 0.85” with 147-grain Winchester—very good precision for a concealed carry 9mm pistol. Our sample shot pistol “on” for elevation and a bit left for windage, but that’s easily corrected with the drift adjustable rear sight.
Fitting some, but not all, Glock 19 holsters, the P-10 C worked fine from a Precision Holster scabbard by John Marques (http://precisionholsters.com/). It held secure, cleared the Kydex smoothly, and because the stippling is less aggressive on the side of the grip than front and back, did not abrade when worn against bare skin under an un-tucked oversize tee shirt. It carried, well, like a Glock 19, which is hugely and deservedly popular for CCW.
Reliability is the non-negotiable baseline in firearm selection. I’ve had a few P-10s through my classes now. I only recall one that had a malfunction, and the student was sure he caused it himself by limp-wristing. I ran a mag through On Target’s test sample, barely holding it and it perked fine. Go figure. After emptying many a box of assorted 9mm ammo, our test sample showed 100% reliability. It appears that you would have to take it apart and reassemble it incorrectly to cause a malfunction, which is true of many fine firearms.
The P-10 C is very sweet in terms of recoil control. American Rifleman’s online review said, “We were impressed.” So was On Target. At only $499 MSRP, it’s easy to see why Ben Battles gave it an Editor’s Choice Award. Contact CZ-USA, Dept. OT; Tel.: (800) 955-4486; Web: www.cz-usa.com