As more agencies make the move to authorizing optics, CZ is providing the complete duty-ready solution for the modern officer.

The concept of a Red Dot Sighted (RDS) pistol is not new. They’ve been winning competitions since before many Police Officers were even born. The reason that they’ve taken so long to reach the holsters of working cops is because there was a trade off in technology versus affordability and portability. As RDS technology progressed, we slowly got to the point where the RDS were portable enough and affordable enough to become a viable duty option. As far as effectiveness, that was never an issue.

As a long time law enforcement instructor, I’ll take whatever edge I can to make my students better, and the RDS mounted pistol takes the vast majority of officers and makes them demonstrably more effective after a dedicated but brief training cycle. It’s not something to jump into half-assed, but given an intelligently planned training cycle, I’ve seen the vast majority of students and officers I’ve trained make huge leaps in their ability to not only increase the speed at which they shoot, but also improve their accuracy and decision making. Police officers rely on their ability to gather and process information, and an RDS makes it easier to do that by allowing officers to move their focus from the front sight to the threat.

With the glut of RDS equipped duty ready sidearms reaching holsters recently, there’s several things about the CZ P10F that give it an advantage over its competition. The first, and most important in my opinion, is that it still has the best stock striker trigger available. You’ll notice I said stock, and not “out of the box”. There’s a reason, and that’s because much like a 1911 trigger, the P10 trigger needs some break in time, usually right around 200 rounds in my experience. 200 rounds for a great trigger is a small price to pay when you consider that the vast majority of departments do not allow modification of trigger parts, which is pretty much necessary to bring all of the other striker triggers available up to the P10’s level. Another consideration when talking about the P10 is its relatively low bore axis and the fact that with the CZ engineered Optics Ready cut-out, the mass of the slide and optic stay much lower and closer to the shooters hands, reducing the amount of muzzle-flip experienced when the slide reaches the terminus (end) of its rearward movement. This really comes into play when shooting the P10 quickly and on multiple targets, and the advantage of the low bore axis and RDS on the Optics Ready P10F is apparent when comparing the gun to some of the competition out there.

I also want to talk about the grip and grip angle of the pistol. The modular grip of the pistol has several backstraps that are easy to swap out, but unlike some of the other swappable backstraps, these actually make a difference because they alter the distance that the shooters trigger finger has to move without making the grip feel like a 2 X 4. Sub-par ergonomics can be trained around, provided the pistol is of good quality, but when you combine the ergonomics and functionality of the P10 series of guns, you have a pistol that is very easy to train recruits on. The curve of the backstrap and the depth of the “tang” of the pistol also allow the shooters hand to easily acquire a firing position on the pistol while in the holster, especially if the shooter is using one of the common Safariland duty holsters. With many pistols, the novice shooter will grasp too low on the stocks as they draw the pistol and then struggle to acquire a good firing grip while trying to line up the sights. Being able to acquire that firing grip early and consistently is a tremendous advantage. The generous P10F grip also houses a magazine with a 19 round capacity, giving the shooter 20 rounds on board without a reload, which is also a good thing. I’ve never advocated a spray and pray mentality, but in all of the gunfights I’ve been in, I’ve never once thought to myself “Gee, I wish I didn’t have this many bullets.”

The age of the pistol mounted RDS is here, and within a few years, we will see another generational shift, just like we saw when recruits transitioned from revolvers to semi-autos, and the only one carrying revolvers were the old timers. There times when being “old school” is a good thing, this isn’t one of those times. Old eyes love the dot, don’t let your ego get the better of you. My agency is in the middle of planning the transition right now, and if everything lines up the way that I hope, it will be the P10F with an optic riding in my holster.   

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