(This article was originally produced in March of 2017)
In searching for active-shooter repellant for my department, I contacted CZ-USA’s law enforcement rep, who quickly sent out a Scorpion pistol/SBR package for testing. Shipped with a removable folding stock, the Scorpion is the epitome of subgun efficiency, fitting in the supplied sling bag at only 16.1 inches when folded.
The package included a plethora of 30 round mags, plus 2 20s, which have made keeping the Scorpion fed during testing pretty easy. I have only about 200 rounds through the Scorpion so far, but my first-impressions are almost completely positive. Controls are an easy transition from AR carbines, so officers who have completed a patrol rifle course will need minimal training on the new carbine. The bolt locks back on empty, but can also be locked back in HK-fashion, allowing the carbine to be stored “cruiser-ready” and quickly brought into action to repel a spree-killer. Recoil is light and the short carbine is easily maneuvered in tight or crowded surroundings. My only gripe so far–a common one if you’ve read or seen other reviews–is the ambi safety digging into my trigger finger. There are easy fixes for that, so I won’t complain.
Last weekend I sighted in a red dot loaned to me for testing with the Scorpion, and now the little carbine is even easier to bring onto target and deliver rounds. Stay tuned for more thoughts as I continue running this little blaster.
And then there’s the P10C. I wasn’t expecting my test sample for another few weeks, so when I received tracking info in my inbox, I was as giddy as a grown man shouold be allowed to get. The same evening the pistol arrived, I went home and shot 100 rounds through it on my home range.
I have about 200 rounds through the P10C at this point, and my first impressions are also favorable. The grip texture is aggressive, and I love it; however, I believe some will have complaints. (Some of my officers have already voiced concern over how aggressive it is.) It grabs onto you, and some people will not like it. But I prefer aggressive textures, so I’ve got no complaints. It’s trigger is excellent–Glock-like, but lighter with a quicker reset. Transitioning to the CZ after shooting my Gen4 G19 has proven to be smooth and effortless. It has steel sights. (My test gun has photo-luminescent sights–not a huge selling point to me, but some people might dig that.) It has ambi controls, but I still use the right-handed controls when shooting left-handed. The triggerguard is undercut and allows a higher grip than a stock Glock–this is probably my favorite feature, including the lack of finger grooves.
My only negative so far is holster fitment. As my department is looking at replacing Glocks, it was hoped that the P10C would fit in our existing holsters. No dice. We use a variety of Safariland holsters: 6360s, 7360s, and 6320s, both with and without TLR-1s. We have a few Blackhawk Level 3 Serpas in use. The P10C will not fit in any of them. It will fit in my Bladetech Total Eclipse for a G19, but only with the retention screw completely loosened. It fits in my Blackhawk A.R.C. for a G19, but it needs the retention screw tightened. It kind of fits in my Rogue Tactical holster for G17 with TLR-1–it goes in, but it doesn’t really look right. For my department, this might be a deal breaker, but I’m pretty sure we can work some deals and get holsters at little to no cost after some horse trading.
Both CZs have been reliable so far. My testing is not a torture test–I’m running them the same way I do my current duty guns, working drills and qualification tests just like I would with my Glock and AR. I’ll run them for a few months and make my suggestions to the powers that be.
What I can say is that CZ’s customer service is excellent. Their LE rep is responsive and helpful, and has answered any question I’ve had quickly and thoroughly. The T&E process was easy and accommodating to my needs. I think I’m quickly becoming a CZ fanboy. And I’m a self-admitted Glock Guy . . .