Hands On with CZ’s P10C, 527 Suppressor Ready | SHOT 17

After my article on the Remington RP9, many of my readers contacted me asking how it compared to the new CZ P10C, which was announced around Thanksgiving, but which so far does not yet seem to have reached the market. This means, yes, I am going to write about another striker-fired gun at the 2017 SHOT Show.

Somewhat strangely, at the CZ booth there were only two P10Cs present, mixed in with all the other pistols in their lineup. However, with the relaxed attitude I’ve come to expect from CZ reps, they were perfectly fine with letting me take the gun apart to see its guts. When I did, I was surprised at just how close to the Glock design the new P10C is. Apart from a pinned frame and grip assembly and cast internal components (where Glock uses stamped parts), the P10C is a very close copy of the familiar striker fired design, even down to the takedown bar.

These days, triggers are a major marketing item for striker-fired guns, and I’ll have to disappoint fans of CZ by saying that the P10C’s trigger did not at all impress me. It was lighter than a Glock’s, sure, but like so many others touting “improved” trigger pulls, the P10C retains the same creepy, spongy feel of its predecessors.

Of course, none of this is to say the P10C is a bad firearm (for one thing, it’s way too early for me to say that). However, I did not really feel there was anything about the gun that made it stand out from the competition.

While at the CZ booth, I passed by an infinitely more interesting gun, the CZ 527 Suppressor Ready model, which seems to be a very attractive option in CZ’s excellent 527 series of micro bolt action rifles.

The 527 is a very good little bolt action rifle, available in calibers normally associated with semiautomatic carbines, such as .223 Remington and 7.62×39. The Suppressor Ready model adds .300 Blackout, and 5/8×24 muzzle threads for mounting a wide variety of suppressors.

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 is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Anon

    So you said the Remington RP9 trigger was good but the P10C trigger is crap? Damn dude. Remington pay your way to SHOT this year? Hahaha.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Heh, though I don’t doubt that what Nathaniel said is absolutely true… about the sample guns that he personally used. Of course, Remington has this little tendency for there to be a bit of a discrepancy in quality between their sample and production firearms.

      • That’s why I try to always qualify my statements to specify the guns I actually had my hands on.

    • Spencerhut

      The Remington was total trash nest to the CZ. And I told the Remington product manager that to his face. He was less than enthusiastic about my comments.

    • I don’t like SHOT Show anymore, so that wouldn’t be a good way to bribe me.

      • John Dart

        Isn’t that more reason to pay your way? So you’d go?

  • Andrew

    Call me crazy but I wish the suppressor ready 527 still had the cool hooded iron sights and the walnut stock. I would buy a 7.62×39 version of that in a heartbeat.

    • Russ Kell

      I love my 527 in 7.62×39. It is one of the few traditional wood stock firearms that I own (yes, heresy, I know).

      I definitely see a 300BLK 527 in my future. And yet another ASR mount for my Omega.

  • VF 1777

    Wow, every single other person said the trigger was great. Hmmm, not sure what to make of that….

    • ostiariusalpha

      Actually, Tim of the MAC channel on YouTube said that his early production pistol wasn’t as clean on the trigger break as the sample gun that he had test fired before.

      • Andrew

        Didn’t he also say that most CZ triggers tend to improve with use?

        • ostiariusalpha

          Even Glocks improve with use. A straight out-of-the-box quality trigger is impressive, one you have to break in, not so much.

    • Being blunt, a lot of people don’t know how to read a trigger.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        100% correct. And different Characteristics of a trigger work different for different tasks. About the only thing I pay attention to people is the reset point. I don’t want a Khar style reset.

      • Spencerhut

        Anytime you want a lesson, let me know.

  • USMC03Vet

    Polished feed ramp?

  • DapperEDC

    I haven’t played with the P10, but we got a RP9 at the shop I work at. The trigger SUCKS on the RP9. Really spongy, and not audible or feelable reset. So either they buttered the trigger up for shot, or we got a really crappy one.

    • Entirely possible. Wouldn’t be a first for Remington.

      I really expected the RP9 to be obvious garbage. Yet to be determined whether it’s good or not.

    • Spencerhut

      RP9 sucked, and I tried every one at the counter. Garbage next to the P320, hot garbage next to the CZ P10C.

  • Edeco

    Wow *cavalry-draws G34, inspects* the slide plate is close but not the same.

    • It would impress me if they were interchangeable, actually. Not just because it would mean compatibility with aftermarket backplates like select fire units and the Gadget, but also because of CZ’s big brass ones.

  • Joseph Goins

    This makes me trust your judgement.

  • Spencerhut

    You are smoking crack. The trigger on the P10C is better than another other striker fired gun on the floor. Spongy? Where the hell did that comment come from? We obviously played with two entirely different guns.

    • There were only two on the floor. I tried both.

      • Spencerhut

        Your finger needs to be recalibrated. ?

        • Don’t see why I should praise a creepy crawly trigger just because it’s on the lighter side.

          • Spencerhut

            Well I’ll chalk this up to trigger “feel”. I feel no creepy or crawly in it at all. I think it’s the bet striker fired trigger from a factory ever. I would not feel out of place putting it against any of my M&P9’s with full APEX competition triggers in them.

          • I felt both of them as well but less than a dozen trigger pulls on each. I took video of it as well, noting reset tactility and audibility (not sure if it could be heard well. I couldn’t agree more Spencerhut, best striker fired trigger I have felt. Better than the 320, Glock’s, Walther’s, etc. etc. It literally felt opposite of spongy! As in smooth pre-travel without any variability of resistance during the take up. So confused by Nathaniel’s thoughts on it.

          • Bobinmi

            It is not worth arguing with Fanboys nathaniel.

          • Spencerhut

            Fanboy? I shoot everything and more S&W M&P’s with full APEX triggers in USPSA than anything. That CZ trigger is damn good. Not being able to just admit that seems like an issue to me. It’s damn near as good as any of my M&P’s and is bone stock.

    • Ebby123

      The butthurt is strong with this one..

  • iksnilol

    Anything about 10 round mags for the 527m

  • Drew Coleman

    Is it just me or does the P-10C look very cheaply made?

    • J.T.

      Doesn’t seem any worse to me than most of the other polymer guns out there.

    • klaus.ramelow

      just like a Glock ?!

    • Spencerhut

      Not at all. Blows Ruger out of the water. Seems at least as good as Glock to me.

  • Gary Kirk

    CZ people.. ” CZ should make a Glock contender”.. CZ makes Glock contender.. Everyone has fit that CZ feels like a Glock..

  • R H

    Is anyone honestly surprised that the contrarian neck-beard of knowledge took a stance opposed to every other blogger who has hyped this pistol? Honestly I really have high hopes for the CZ P10C, but I’m not making any judgments until I put my hands on one. With that said, the videos that I have seen all look very promising. Only time will tell.

  • Ebby123

    “Let me make a video of myself angrily proclaiming how right I am, that shows almost nothing about the actual product in hand. THAT’LL show em!”


    You are aware that a video footage adds almost nothing to a discussion about trigger pull force curves, right? Pretty much the only thing that tells us about is overall length of travel.

    I really have no dog in this fight, but at this point you’re way too sensitive for me to pass up the opportunity to make some sacred cow burgers.

  • William Taylor

    As far as I have read so far, that makes you a minority of one who doesn’t think the P-10C is seriously good stuff. Opinions are like left feet, tho, just about everybody has one…….

  • Richard Lutz

    Light strikes

    The CZ 527 is infamous for light strikes that fail to detonate hard mil-spec primers.