BREAKING: CZ Introduces New P10 Striker Fired Duty Handgun

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The Aglockalypse rolls on, unstoppable: CZ has become the latest company to learn stop worrying and love the striker-fired handgun, as just today Tim Harmsen from the Military Arms Channel announced the new CZ P10, the latest duty handgun from the venerable Czech gunmaker. The Military Arms Channel produced a video on the new handgun, including footage of the first example to make it into the US, as well as footage from CZ’s facility in the Czech Republic. The video is embedded below:

CZ seems to be pushing a cleaner, better trigger as something that sets the P10 apart from the rest of the striker-fired handgun market. Recently, we’ve seen a lot of manufacturers take this route, including Walther, H&K, and SIG, and CZ seems to be following suit her, trying to improve the quality of the striker-fired trigger system to appeal to more shooters who may have reservations about the very spongy and “clicky” feel of a Glock or S&W.

With the release of CZ, that leaves only Colt and only a couple of other major handgun manufacturers who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon of inexpensive striker-fired pistols, but given the insane popularity of this type of weapon among manufacturers and shooters alike, it may only be a matter of time for them. You can’t stop the Aglockalypse!



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • VanDiemensLand

    “If you’re a CZ fan like I am, you’ll probably have a good ten or twenty of these box’s in the safe.” – Hahaha, that is quite an assumption lol!

  • KestrelBike

    So what does this thing compare to overall size-wise? G19? G17?
    I will say that I’m liking the MSRP of this thing, at just $500 ($425-450 in store once things have calmed down?)

    • Spencerhut

      G19

    • Reef Blastbody

      Per CZ-USA’s website, MSRP for the P-10 is $499 for the 9MM, $516 for the .40S&W.

      • RSG

        The $499 price for the 9mm is spot on. The 40SW should really cost…..free.

        • Ebby123

          They should pay you to take the 40S&W… why won’t people just let that round die?!

    • Cuvie

      According to Tim’s video, it fits right in a G19 holster

  • Jon Rambo

    It looks quite ugly in my opinion. Strange given the time and funds put into its development. Functionality counts for the majority of a guns success, but as with all things looking good helps. We are lucky though that another gun has been brought to market to increase competition. That being said hopefully it has some hidden feature that separates it from 30 years of striker fired polymer pistols being on the market. It’s sad that Tim has become an industry figure head. He used to be a pretty no non sense reviewer. Now he is owned by whichever company is signing the check. Their are not many Youtubers left that haven’t been bought into making fluff pieces. YouTube is now becoming as bad as the gun magazines for reliable reviews.

    • VanDiemensLand

      Different strokes for different folks, I quite like how it looks, but it’s all in the eye of the beholder hey!

    • JSIII

      Have you seen a Glock? it is about as pretty as a 2×4 across the face.

      • I would bet that this fits a LOT better in the hand than a Glock too. I own a Glock but it is far from ergonomic. Everyone who handles my CZ-75 says it is the most comfortable handgun that they have ever handled. I used my Tristar C-100 for the four day defensive handgun course at FrontSight and it worked great while costing half the price or less of what other people were shooting.

      • billyoblivion

        Yes, they are.

        But in their defense they are more ergonomic than a 2×4 (if only a bit), and getting hit by one in the face is still about the same experience (within margins) as the 2×4.

  • AC97

    I know this isn’t an original reaction to a new polymer pistol, but meh.

    I’d much rather go for a steel frame CZ 75.

    Also, does the upswept beavertail on the stainless, Omega, and SP-01 models make that much of a difference while shooting?

    • Joseph Goins

      But for a polymer pistol, I think this will be a winner. I hope it can unseat Glock.

      • b0x3r0ck

        There is only a hand full of things I wish came with the gun as standard. 1) a serialized fire control group. 2) shipping as optic ready from the factory 3) a conversation kit for the evo 3 scorpion that uses the same mags . Just a few things off the top of my head. But on the other hand they also did somethings right with the gun. Like making “true” fully ambi controls (this one fact got my money). What seems to be a really good trigger out the gate.

        • billyoblivion

          The problem (as I understand it) with #2 is “which optic”. You either pick one or two and build the slides for them (which limits sales) or you have a slide that needs a mounting plate/interface that raises the height of the sight *well* above the where the sights should sit. I don’t know how much of a problem this really is.

          OTOH, if they picked one good RDS, and one inexpensive RDS, and then provided a non-milled slide for everyone else (to either do without, or to mill their own) that might not add too much to the cost. Actually, depending on how they do the build it would add very little. Logistics would still suck.

          • Ebby123

            There’s a HUGE opportunity that the sight makers aren’t capitalizing on here – STANDARDIZE YOUR G*D DAMN MOUNTING PATTERN!

            Red dot sights on pistols are trying so hard to be dominant in that market, that they may prevent RDS Pistols from becoming mainstream at all.

            Its SO HARD to design a pistol with a practical mounting solution – for the reasons you laid out above.

          • billyoblivion
          • Ebby123

            I wish it weren’t so.. but short term profit is king.

          • billyoblivion

            It’s not just that, it’s that every protocol/standard out there has people who bought it, and it meets their needs and they see no reason to buy another one. So by the time you have 3 standards on the market and there is enough market and market pressure to create a 4th with those three as “industry leaders”, there’s a ton of people invested in one or the other of those three, AND a 4th upstart, disruptive company bringing something that is significantly better in some fashion to market.

      • JSIII

        The fact it works with Glock 19 holsters is going to be a big selling point. Not having to spend another $100 on holsters is a big deal.

        • No kidding. I have a CZ 75 B and its compact clone the Tristar C100. I ended up modifying 92F holsters to fit. I found an Uncle Mike’s polymer holster for $5. I took it apart, heated it with a butane torch (cigar lighter), opened it up, shoved in a piece of wood the size of a CZ slide and clamped the thing back closed. It opened it up enough to fit the CZ slide.

      • n0truscotsman

        So do I.

        I like what I see with this, so Ill await more user feedback.

    • guest

      I too have great affection for the CZ75, and think that CZ could make some money if they’d introduce a CZ75 variant that had the styling cues and the gorgeous lines of the 1970s-80s production models: round triggerguard, oval controls, spur hammer, and so on, with a modern finish, and with compatibility with the current production “CZ75B” magazines.

  • Bradley

    It’s hard to tell for sure but it looks like the slide rides around, instead of inside of, the frame unlike every other cz. If so that’s a real bummer. I had hoped for a striker fired version of the p07/09 with a good trigger, but I’m not convinced this is it.

    • Reef Blastbody

      You’re correct, it is the more traditional slide over frame rather than the slide-in-frame setup of the P-07/P-09/CZ-75/P-01/SP-01.

      You can see it clearly when MAC does the close up pan of the field stripped frame, showing the (dinky, IMO) frame rails.

      Disappointing, but I’ll still give them a good look when they reach LGS shelves here in DFW-land.

    • noob

      yeah, I was hoping to see more CZ heritage coming though. This kid looks adopted.

  • scaatylobo

    Sorry but did I miss the part showing how accurate it is [ OR is not ? ].
    I own and carry a Glock and not due to any other reason other than its works = EVERY TIME that I pull the trigger.
    I do not see ANY reason to switch.
    PLEASE convince me.

    • iksnilol

      CZs have rep for working, longer than Glocks have had that rep.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah cz embodies quality precision and reliability.

      • john huscio

        They work…… until the slide stop breaks, usually at a relatively low roundcount…….don’t generally have that problem with glocks…..

        • iksnilol

          First time hearing about that.

          • Dougscamo

            Actually….it happened to mine about

            2000 rounds in….but of course the factory jumped right in….along with 2 new magazines for my trouble…..

          • iksnilol

            Now people saying that’s a bad thing.

            I think it’s a secret loyalty program. They install a crappier slide stop when selling the gun new, and if you actually use it, they reward you with the not crappy slide stop and 2 mags 🙂

          • Dougscamo

            You may be on to something….the “new” slide stop….though it ain’t new anymore….has held up far longer than the first….and the magazines performed better than the first set….so…yeah….you insightful as usual….

          • iksnilol

            Eastern European slyness, I am well versed in that phenomena 😛

        • marine6680

          From my reading, and my personal experience with CZ… The slide stop problem was limited, a bad batch of parts, and that replacement slide stops are holding up fine.

        • Ebby123

          Link or it didn’t happen.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Well at least this one wasn’t beaten with an ugly stick like 90% of the options for polymer striker fired guns.

  • Reef Blastbody

    Checking specs on CZ’s website, it’s interesting that this new sibling falls right between the P-07 and P-09 in size/barrel length. The P-07 has a 3.75″ barrel, the P-09 a 4.54″ barrel, and the P-10 C is a 4.02″.

    The “C” designator for the P-10, and it’s overall dimensional similarities to the P-07 (and G19) make me wonder if there’s a service size P-10 due out sometime in 2017.

    Now make one in 10MM, damnit!

    • JSIII

      Yeah the first thing I thought when I first saw CZ P-10 was a 10MM CZ-75 variant…

    • RSG

      I’m hopeful of a subcompact. I asked Tim, directly. He said he’s heard nothing from CZ about other models. Fwiw.

  • TJbrena

    The slide riding outside the frame is a disappointment. It loses that CZ flavor, and if they’d kept that unique feature, plus the better trigger and $500 price it’d be a real standout among PFSF pistols.

    • iksnilol

      Does it ride outside the frame? It does seem to have about the same support from outside as the older CZs.

    • Andrew

      The slide riding inside the frame looses any claimed accuracy benefit when using a polymer frame. These pistols just have small metal tabs not full length rails.

      • mig1nc

        Not entirely true. The P-07 and P-09 are shockingly accurate for what they are.

  • Richard

    I’m waiting for them to make a compact version of the cz97.

  • John Yossarian

    I’m more interested in CZ models featuring the Omega trigger. The CZ P-01 Omega is on my wishlist.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Why compete with GLOCK? They’re well established, and you’ll never beat them in size efficiency unless you copy their designs verbatim (hello lawsuit).

    This gun takes CZs cool features and throws them away to make a knock off GLOCK. Boring.

    • Jaehaerys Targaryen

      Because they are probably thinking of selling these things to governments as well as civilians?

      • Hoplopfheil

        But GLOCK is practically giving it away on the corner, how can anyone compete for LEO contracts?

  • Ax

    Turkey hunting sounds like fun!

  • jtx

    Looks like a s&w sd9ve with apex trigger and a painted slide.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I’m really disappointed in what I’ve seen so far. As others have already stated the slide rides outside the frame. The bore axis looks meh. The frame appears to be the same width of the slide not giving you a place to control recoil with your thumb.

    How does the trigger react? Does it have a hard reset like the Glock? I personally like the wall and hard reset as it really helps accuracy when shooting fast.

  • Mmmtacos

    Funniest part of this article is implying Colt will release a design that is less than 50 years old.

    • GD Ajax

      Wish I could login to my Disqus that I can’t even find the email for so I could give an upvote to this comment.

  • YZAS

    awww hell, really? There goes another $500 + mags.

    I’m not hung up on the ‘inside the rails’ thing. I already have that in the 07 and 09. As much as I do love that and appreciate it’s uniqueness, it does have the slight drawback of making the slide a little more difficult to rack under duress, so I’m ok with the trade-off.

    Damn, I just wish I could use my 07 mags, but guess it will work vice-versa. Ahhh hell, I guess I’m officially a CZ nut now. I can’t hardly put down my 527m in x39. The Czech’s sure know how to make em.

    • Ebby123

      Dat Scorpion tho… so hawt right now.

  • Nicks87

    I stopped the video when all those posers started gushing about the trigger. **Pulls the trigger a few times** “greatest trigger ever!”. Give me a F-ing break. The real question is: Will it get me to sell all my Glocks? …Probably not.

    • YZAS

      haha… I’ll sell you one of my Glocks so i can get one! ….well, except for the 19…and maybe the 17 …how about the 22? 🙂 Seriously though, it doesn’t have to be something the Glock isn’t to be a great pistol. And it doesn’t mean that all of a sudden Glocks suck. And yeah, just cause some youtubers gush over the trigger doesn’t mean it’s all that. BUT, it is a CZ…and looks to be a pretty awesome one at that. I don’t need it to replace any guns in my collection to become the newest part of it.

    • maodeedee

      My first Glock was a G19 Gen 2. I liked it but I wanted a 40 caliber. So I bought a gen 3 G23 and swapped slides and sold the G23 with the G19 slide and bought a KKM 40-to-9 conversion barrels to shoot my 9mm ammo.
      I also got a hundred dollar Lone wolf 357 sig barrel and now I carry the gun as a 357 rather than a 40. I also plan on getting a RIA 22TCMr barrel and slide for it.
      I would NOT sell my Glocks to buy one of these CZ’s and give up the versatility of the Glock platform. Both my Glocks have trigger jobs and I like them just fine.

    • Ebby123

      That assumes that they’re marketing it to people who already own Glocks – there are thousands of new gun owners making first time purchases every week – especially in the CCW / Tactical markets, which is precisely where the P10 sits.

      I don’t understand why everyone assumes that..

  • SomeRandomGuy

    ” that leaves only…who haven’t[hasn’t] jumped on the bandwagon of inexpensive striker-fired pistols”

    Colt American M2000

    • Emfourty Gasmask

      I think we all want to forget about the M2000

      • guest

        It wasn’t a bad design. It had an impressive pedigree, for whatever that’s worth, having been created by Reed Knight and Eugene Stoner. I’ve handled one and the trigger pull was not nearly as bad as I’d been led to expect–though a sample size of one tells us not much at all.

        Introducing a new design at a time when Colt was struggling with serious quality control problems, though, was probably not the best decision Colt could have made.

        Today I think they could do it right but they’d need to redesign the gun, or throw away the design and start over. The 2000’s revolver-style DAO trigger was usable, and not horrid if you were used to shooting DA revolvers, but in 2016, now that everyone born after 1980 views revolvers as the missing link between the wheellock and modern firearms, that’s a nearly vanished skill and a non-starter.

        • demophilus

          The design Colt bought was supposed to be solid — a compact 9 with a rotating barrel lockup, and a short stroke trigger on rollers. The design they brought to market sucked: they tried to sell it as a full size holster weapon, which made it top heavy, and increased the length of the trigger pull for safety. Which was a real mistake for a trigger on rollers — it was hard to pull to a clean break.

          I shot a C2000 range rental, just to see what the fuss was about. Couldn’t hit an NRA 20 yd pistol target at 7 at first. Not until I realized that I was pulling every shot 5″ to the right.

          After that I got a halfass group on paper, but I don’t think I’ve ever shot anything so badly. The Colt people at the factory must have learned how to shoot it, but it didn’t inspire confidence from a cold start.

          IMHO, if Colt had kept it a compact, maybe a single stack with a short trigger stroke, maybe style it like a 1903/08 Pocket Model, it might still be in the catalog.

  • Karl Palmer
    • plingr2

      CZ 100 has worst trigger, I ever tried

      • I would guess you never tried a VP70 from H&K. I had cap pistols with better trigger pulls as a kid.

        • maodeedee

          A friend of mine bought a VP70 when they first came out. after firing a box of ammo mat the range he had a nasty blister on his trigger finger and I don’t think he ever fired the gun again.
          I fired it, too, and it must have been a 25-30 pound trigger pull, no exaggeration. Trigger pulls on cap guns could not have been anywhere near as heavy or kids wouldn’t have been able to pull the triggers.

  • Cruiserdude

    Interesting. Curious as to why they went with traditional rails rather than the encapsulated slide design their other pistols have. The bore axis does seem a bit higher than my P07, but I’m sure they had a good reason.

    Not gonna give up the P07 for one, but I have been hoping for a single stack subcompact CZ for some time. Granted, I was hoping for more of a summer RAMI, but I could easily see a Shield-like derivative coming out, that would DEFINITELY go in the arsenal!

  • GB Miller

    “Thefirearmblog” needs to employ some editors, this article was painful from start to finish…

  • RJ

    It’s been reported that the P-10 will fit in Glock holster. That’s too bad, because it means they’ve made the slide just a thick. They missed the opportunity to make it with a thinner slide (.9″ instead of 1.2″), like a 1911 or a Bersa BP9, so it would be more comfortable for IWB carry. I don’t mind a long slide or a full fingered grip length for CCW, but it’s the slide width and overall weight that I’m more concerned with. Yes, give me a double stack magazine, but make the slide and adjoining frame areas thinner. Take the Bersa Thunder Plus for instance (yes, I know it’s a blow-back design and .380). It’s almost as big as a Glock 19 and has a double stack, 15 round magazine, but it’s still thin where it needs to be; between the belt and the body. I’m not a firearms engineer, but am I missing something here? Why can’t manufacturers combine a double stack magazine with a thinner slide?

    • maodeedee

      Good point. My Browning hi-power is a double stack but has a thinner slide and is the most perfectly balanced pistol I’ve ever held in my hand.

    • Ebby123

      Not necessarily – the features that determine holster fit are mostly around the trigger guard. I wouldn’t count my chickens just yet on slide width.

  • gman99

    I am a tad disappointed about the slide rail thing. Is it a deal breaker absolutely not. I don’t see the lack of current mag comparability as a problem. Would it have been nice yea but at least the new mags will be comparable… I’ll buy one but I’m in the market for a new EDC and I like CZ’s.

    Like it or no polymer striker fired pistols are a huge share of the current firearms market. Any manufacturer that can market a decent design would be a fool not to try and claim a market share. Why not a 10mm first? Because they will sell quiet a few more poly 9mm’s than they will a metal frame 10mm.

    Glock isn’t the king of the LE marked it used to be but CZ will have a huge hill to climb to claim even a small % of the market if that is their plan.

  • Richard Lutz

    Cheap looking pistol. Why use it when you can buy a Glock 19 or S&W M&P9 which have proven to be excellent pistols? Seems to me that CZ should focus on the CZ 75 and variants thereof, not try compete with striker fired Glocks and S&Ws. The trigger’s on said Glocks and S&Ws are great once you get used to them.

    • Ebby123

      Well, for starters:
      -Ambidextrous controls
      -Slide release instead of a slide stop
      -Front slide serrations
      -Better sights
      -MUCH better trigger
      -MUCH better ergonomics
      -Significantly less expensive (Gen4 Glocks are all over $500 street, the P10 will be around $430 street)

      What else do you think there is to be improved? Should it do the dishes and shoot blow jobs?

      • Richard Lutz

        You are clearly in a state of denial or working for CZ. Good to read that you think slide serrations near the muzzle are a good idea di*khead as they promote unsafe pistol manipulation, which reveals that the people at CZ are willing to compromise shooter safety to make a buck (creeps). But feel free to spend your money on an unproven Glock clone.

        • Ebby123

          Forward serrations is a feature found on the majority of newer designs. This is not in dispute, regardless of your personal feelings on the matter.

          Find me one professional shooter or “tactical” trainer who rail against your purported “safety issue” of using front serrations, and I’ll show you 10 who use them regularly and train people in their use.

          I’m not trying to change your opinion, but you can’t possibly believe the majority of pistol owners share that opinion, do you?

          • Richard Lutz

            So you think because other people put slide serations on the front of the slides of their pistols this is ok. What a joke. You are a disgrace, as are companies like CZ, to say nothing of CZ’s shameless and cheap looking ripoff of the Glock they call the P10.

          • Ebby123

            Lol. Ok buddy. I’ll be sure to take that er.. “advice” to heart..

          • Richard Lutz

            FU

          • Richard Lutz

            Hilarious that you think putting a hand near the muzzle is a good idea. You might also like to check if a gun is loaded by pulling the trigger while it is pointed at your head and tell people who oppose your freedom to do so to go f*ck themselves. Freedom man!

          • Ebby123

            No, in fact its not like that at all – which is why you used different words to describe the different actions. If your hand is in front of the muzzle while using the front serrations, its because you don’t know what you’re doing and should probably seek professional training before you hurt yourself.

            You are wrong, and the other 99% of the gun community that disagrees with you is right. Goodbye.

      • All the Raindrops

        Lol you are shilling pretty hard

        • Ebby123

          Please explain which one of the above observations is factually untrue.

          …you aren’t just trying to character-assassinate anyone who disagrees with you, are you?

  • maodeedee

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    And it’s a little better looking than a Glock, except for the stupit forward slide serrations, and has a better grip angle and doesn’t have the big “Lump” at the bottom of the backstrap that the Glock has. CZ learned a lot about grip angle when they copied the Browning Hi-power.

    The real determining factor as to whether it’s really an improvement over the Glock actually would be the trigger, however.

    I had a knowledgeable gunsmith re-work both my G23 and G20SF triggers and now both triggers are lighter and with a better reset, but making a Glock trigger lighter also somewhat negates the “Safety” factor of what is essentially a DAO trigger.

  • The Brigadier

    Where’s The Murphy when you need him? Apocalypses aside, superior technology sometimes marches on.

  • Tonewall Jaxon

    having owned many a CZ………..i’m sure its good….can’t wait to compare to the hk v9 that I like alot….

  • WRBuchanan

    The Operative Point here is that the GSA just gave Glock an $84 Million Dollar contract to outfit the FBI with G19’s, and the Marines are in the process of changing over to G19’s as well. So that train already left the station a long time ago. Like years ago!

    So everybody who pooh poohed the Glock system in the past,,, is now scrambling to catch up,, except they are so far behind they won’t ever catch up.

    The fact that 70% of all Police Agencies in the world already use Glocks, and a substantial number of Military’s as well pretty much defines which pistol is going to get bought.

    Glock pretty much invented the plastic gun and whereas all the imitations are flattering they are all virtually pointless. At best they can only succeed in taking some minor portion of Glock’s Market, but they will never get the lions share as that market is already defined.

    Even S&W who was the first to offer a Glock Alternative is fighting for the scraps. The rest are going to be fighting over crumbs hoping their names will sell guns.

    The “Glock” name is the name in service pistols right now and will continue to be so until someone comes out with 1911 trigger in their poly gun. Don’t hold your breath, and it might be a good idea to master what you’ve got now.

    • Ebby123

      Glock was the first, and rightfully earned their dominant position by that virtue. But they are certainly not the best, just the most common.

      Each new generation of Glock-imitators contains improvements that the Glock line generally lacks:
      -Ambi controls
      -Better ergonomics
      -Better triggers
      -Better sights

      This will likely not sway many large LEO agencies (although the S&W M&P did) who generally buy whatever the FBI is buying, but it will certainly speak to consumers who can easily find things they don’t like about the Glock.

      • All the Raindrops

        1) Ambi controls are just clutter to many end users. You can swap the mag release around on a Glock, though.
        2) Glock ergonomics are great- they wouldn’t be so popular otherwise. Of course you have the old guys that moan because it’s not a 1911.
        3) You can have any trigger you want on a Glock
        4) Glock has the most options for sights.

        • Ebby123

          1) You may believe this, but the majority of consumers don’t, hence the reason its a feature found on almost all newer designs.
          2) Glock ergonomics are widely knows as “acceptable”, rarely as “great”. Again, your opinion may differ.
          3) and 4) are both functions of platform age and popularity, not superior design.

          I carried a Glock 19 for a number of years by choice. It is an excellent platform, but it hasn’t changed significantly since its first inception. Other newer platforms have the advantage of learning from what Glock did right, and what Glock did wrong. They are increasingly including features that Glock does not, at a price that it often better than Glock.

  • American Patriot

    Looks nice similar to a Glock 19 but I would of liked to see the spec’s & no mention of trigger pull weight.

  • Blue Centurion

    So, did Tim pack it with red clay mud and wet leaves like he did the VP9 to test its reliability?

  • Ebby123

    This. this. this. this. this.
    Everyone wants innovation, not one wants to change from what they are already used to.

    • R H

      Exactly! I’m definitely a fan-boy in that I’m 100% excited and ready to try one out. However, I’m also honest with myself, and I’ll give this a fair assessment once I have it in hand! My VP9 couldn’t unseat the Glock 19 as my carry pistol for a number of reasons, but I still regularly take that gun out to the range and really enjoy it. The P10-C will get the same treatment, and if it all works out, I’ll start the painful process of buying 10 or so mags!

  • Bigfoot

    I was interested to see how it did in the accuracy department, but nothing mentioned. Just lots of trigger.

  • borg

    The fact that it is $50 cheaper than Glock could make it more affordable for those that can not afford more costly guns.