The CZ P-10 C: The Best CZ Compact Yet?

The P-10 C is CZ’s first striker-fired handgun in decades and just might be the very best in the P-10 line.

Want me to answer that question I posed in the title quickly? Okay, well, then yes, the P-10 C is the best gun in the CZ P-10 lineup. Now I have the longer answer with the why included. The CZ P-10 lineup has grown with the presence of a full-sized model as well as a subcompact model to join the P-10 OG the C model. C stands for compact, and it was the first gun in CZ’s rather revolutionary striker-fired platform. CZ is mostly known for its hammer-fired designs, so the P-10 C turned heads and continues to do so.

Outside of being the best in the P-10 family, the P-10 C is a fantastic firearm. It has a great trigger, brilliant ergonomics, excellent sights, an aggressive grip texture, and it’s ultra-reliable. The entire P-10 family can lay claim to those features. This makes the P-10 C’s fight for dominance tough, but like any self-respecting middle child, this gun is going to find a way to stand out.

What’s Compact Mean?

Compact is a relative term. When I say compact gun, I think Glock 26, or SIG P365, or something near pocket-sized. In the gun world compact means just kinda smaller than full-sized. However, that being said, the P-10 C is the perfect compromise size-wise as far as I’m concerned. The P-10 C is small enough to be comfortable to carry any which way you choose.

Standard IWB or appendix carry isn’t a challenge with the P-10 C, and the gun is small enough to be concealed OWB with the right rig, of course. CoughDropslideCough. The P-10 C remains lightweight and at 26 ounces, and you can still pack anywhere from 15 to 17 rounds, depending on your magazine choice.

The CZ P-10 C’s larger than pocket-sized design also gives you a great grip that allows you to completely control the weapon. I got big hands, real big hands, and the CZ P-10 C fits them like a glove. I can grip the thing tightly and keep it on target. This increased control allows you to use more powerful and potent +P loads, and the gun has the barrel length to ensure they reach the proper velocity to expand properly.

The P-10 C Is For Everyone

Buying and owning lots of guns is lots of fun for a proud gun nerd like myself, but that’s not everyone’s goal. For people who want one gun to cover all their self-defense tasks with a single gun, then the P-10 C is the perfect candidate from the P-10 family. The P-10 C packs a nice long rail to attach whatever light you want to it. You can go compact with the TLR 7 or go full-sized with a Surefire X300U.

The full-sized, aggressively textured grip gives complete control over the gun, even when your adrenaline’s pumping. Let’s face it if a guy kicking your door doesn’t make your palms sweat, then you might need a tomahawk for sporting reasons.

Ultimately it comes down to the same conundrum Goldilocks had. The full-sized P-10 F is great for home defense but a bit big for carry. The subcompact P10 S is great for concealed carry, but less controllable and efficient for home defense. Then the P10 C comes swinging in like Miley Cyrus in 2013. It’s the best of both worlds and allows for an easy shooting, easy carrying, and it’s just right.

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Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.

He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.


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1 thought on “The CZ P-10 C: The Best CZ Compact Yet?”

  1. At 5+ years in production, how do you think the p10c is holding up in terms of reliability? I’m looking at this pistol and the S&W M&P 2.0 to replace a G19 gen 5. The CZ feels better, but I’m hesitating because of reports online of problems over the last couple years.

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