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CZ-P10: A Better 9mm Gun Than a Glock 17 or 19?

CZ-P10 Review
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Since its introduction in 2017, the CZ P-10 series of semi-automatic striker-fired pistols has been seen as a popular alternative to Glock. Similar in characteristics to the Austrian-made firearms, but with a different grip angle, the original P-10 C was a compact that brought to the market what was loved about the Glock but in a more discreet package. It was followed by the full-size P-10 F, and then subcompact P-10s.

This month, CZ-USA has built on the success of the P-10 series by going even smaller. The U.S.-based subsidiary of the Czech Republic firearms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod (CZ) has announced the release of its much-anticipated micro-compact CZ P-10 M. The 9x19mm Parabellum retains the ergonomics of the full-size P-10 F and compact P-10 C (discontinued in 2018) but is nearly two inches shorter than the full-size model, while it is even four ounces lighter than the company’s subcompact P-10 S. It is just 20.1 ounces, and has an overall length of 6.31 inches.

As the company described it, “Despite its radical miniaturization, the CZ P-10 M retains the standout features that have set the CZ P-10 line apart from other striker-fired pistols, most notably the outstanding ergonomics and superb trigger.”

All-Day EDC

The new P-10 M weights just 20.1 ounces, which could make it ideal for all-day everyday carry (EDC), while it also retains the famed ergonomics of the full-size model. It utilizes a completely smooth profile with no controls or levers on either side of the firearm other than the magazine release.

The CZ-USA P-10 M also features 3.19-inch barrel that is cold hammer-forged, front and rear sight serration, a rail for various accessories including flashlight and laser sights. It has a reversible magazine release, and capacity of 7+1 rounds in a slim, metal staggered magazine. That helps contributes to the firearms narrow overall width of just one inch. Its robust three-dot sight set can also ensure shooters are on target quickly. It features a trigger safety.

The CZ P-10 C had taken the firearms world by storm when it was released in 2017, and it was awarded the Pistol of the Year 2017 prize by Guns & Ammo magazine, and it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to think that the P-10 M could become the next big thing in the world of the small frame micro-compacts.

CZ-USA P-10 M Specs:

Caliber: 9mm

Capacity: 7+1

Frame: Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer

Action: Striker-Fired

Sights: Fixed Three-Dot

Barrel: Cold hammer forged

Barrel Length: 3.19-inches

Height: 4.3-inches

Width: 1-inch

Weight: 20.1 ounces

Overall Length: 6.31-inches

Safety: Trigger safety

The CZ-USA P-10 M is available now at select retailers. It has an MSRP of $499. For even more info, visit cz-usa.com.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

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Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

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  1. Mark Ashbaugh

    September 24, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    The CZ P10C is still being manufactured. I bought mine in the summer of 2020 with a manufacturing date only a few months earlier.
    I love the ergonomics of this gun. It just naturally fits my hand better than any Glock ever did. The trigger is also so much better than a Glock 19. A crisp, tactile feel with a very short reset. The stock sights are also not plastic, like you’ll find on a Glock, although I did upgrade my sights to Night Sights. Anyone who tries shooting a P10C, will never look at a Glock 19 again. I assure you.

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