CZ P10 Subcompact by André Grobler

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CZ P10 Subcompact by André Grobler: An ideal every day carry gun

CZ caused a stir when they released their first pistol in the CZ P10 series – the P10 Compact. It became a huge favourite among CZ admirers and new shooters. CZ have now introduced their P10 F (full size) and P10 S (subcompact). We recently tested the P10 S designed for concealed carry by security personnel and civilians.        

The CZ P10 S is a semi-auto­matic, short-­recoil, striker-fired pistol using the locked breech system and chambered in 9mm Parabellum. Barrel length is 3.5 inches. Overall length is 170mm, height 116mm, and the slide is 32mm wide – the same as the CZ P10 C (compact). It has a 12-round magazine. Unloaded, the pistol weighs 710g; fully loaded, 822g. 

In this smaller pistol, CZ has retained the general profile and mechanisms of the excellent P10 C, with a few minor changes, the most obvious being its broader and flatter reversible magazine-release button, replacing the P10 C’s narrower ambidextrous button. The subcompact’s button is within easy reach of my thumb and worked smoothly every time – even with a one-hand hold. Another change is the S’s dual recoil-spring system around a steel rod (the C has a single-spring system). 

The subcompact’s frame is fibre-reinforced polymer. All surfaces on the grip are rough-textured but this is more pronounced on the front and back-straps, making for a very secure grip in all weather conditions. However, after firing the subcompact for over an hour, the palm of my shooting hand started feeling sens­itive, though this did not adversely affect my shooting. 

The P10 S sits just as comfort­ably in my hand as the larger compact pistol, as they have the same grip ergonomics – CZ has retained the deep beavertail, the slight palm-swell and interchange­able back-straps in three sizes. The subcompact’s frame is slightly undercut at the junction of trigger-guard and grip, affording a higher grasp for the middle-finger, hence better control during fire. 

To change the back-straps, push out a roll-pin near the bottom of the grip. The test pistol came with the large back-strap attached, which fitted my hand well, but the two smaller alternatives will make it suitable for practically any size hands. 

The frame has the standard Picatinny rail for tactical accessories, and its dustcover does not run the full length of the slide. The trigger-guard is big enough to permit gloved use and its front is squared and grooved for a secure supporting-hand finger-rest. 

The ambidextrous slide-release levers sit just above the shooting hand’s thumb and the ambidextrous disassembly knobs are above the trigger guard. 

The trigger, with its trigger-blade safety, worked smoothly and after the initial take-up, broke sharply at 4.7lb as measured on my trigger-pull gauge. The trigger reset is short and has an audible click.

Safety features include a trigger safety and a firing-pin block. The trigger works only if the trigger-blade safety de­­activates and the firing-pin block prevents the firing-pin from moving unless the trigger is pulled.

The P10 S has the same slide profile as the bigger P10 pistols, with sharp racking-grooves on the sides, both front and back, and a loaded-chamber indicator on its right side. Apparently, the slide has a diamond coating that makes it scratch-free. 

Read the full article in the September 2019 issue of Magnum

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