CZ P-10S is a very well-sized firearm that works great within its niche. It’s smaller than a regular CZ P-10C, but a little bit larger than something like a SIG P365 XL. So it might be easier for some people to shoot. For a gun like this, you’re going to want to make sure you have the right CZ P10S holster. That will gives you the most advantage when carrying the gun. Most people will likely be carrying this gun in an IWB or inside the waistband format. But we’ll also cover what to look for in OWB options as well.
IWB CZ P10s Holster
Choosing an IWB holster for the CZ P-10S is going to be the same process as choosing any IWB holster. You’re going to want to make sure the holster itself is well-rounded and has no sharp or pointy edges. Holster makers are working around the design of the gun itself. So you want to make sure the holster blocks out and gets rid of certain features. This is achieved by adding material in certain areas to take away any sharp edge of the gun. So make sure to look for items like a well-rounded muzzle. As well as a well-rounded area underneath the trigger guard. This gun is very short in the muzzle. So you honestly will likely be better served by running a CZ P-10C holster than a specifically built CZ P-10S holster.
The reason for this is twofold. If you’re carrying strongside for a right-handed shooter, that’s from the three to five o’clock. Then you want a holster that extends far enough that the gun will not be poking you in the butt. If you had a fairly flat rear end, then this won’t be an issue. But if you have any shapeliness back there whatsoever, the longer holster is going to help extend the muzzle out, so it sits on top of your rear versus jabbing into it. I think this is a very important thing to take into account. This is another reason why you want to make sure the muzzle of the gun is very well-rounded.
Another important feature for strong side carry is adjustable cant. Adjustable cant allows you to angle the grip of the gun to optimize its placement for concealment, as well as draw stroke. The two don’t always align, but you can choose what’s the best compromise for you in terms of efficiency of your draw compared to concealment.
CZ P10S Appendix Holster
Choosing a CZ P10S holster for appendix carry is going to be very similar to choosing a holster for strong side carry. You’re going to want to look for a lot of similar features. For an appendix carry holster, you definitely want things to be well-rounded since the gun is going to be sitting next to your thigh. A rounded holster is going to be much more comfortable than one with slick, pointy edges.
Whereas cant is very important at the three to five o’clock, ride height adjustment is going to be more important at the appendix position. Certain ride heights are going to work better with certain body types and the higher the ride height. The quicker your draw is going to be. So having a super high ride height isn’t going to be as concealable and having a super low ride height isn’t going to be as efficient when drawing the gun. As with most things, you’re going to have to find a compromise in the CZ P10s appendix holster that works well for you.
Based on your body type, the position of your hips, as well as the belt and pants you’re wearing, things might change up a little bit. In fact, there’s a huge difference in the ride height that works best for me, when I switch to khakis. which tend to have a slightly higher waist versus blue jeans that ride a little lower.
The difference, I am probably over-exaggerating it somewhere around a quarter of an inch, but it does make a difference. And just like carrying strong side, but perhaps even more important, you want to make sure you’re carrying with a holster that is slightly longer than the CZ P-10S.
Unless you’re carrying the P10S holster at an extremely low ride height where the gun is going to be very difficult to draw, you’re going to need the extra link of the holster to balance out the weight of the gun. When carrying appendix, the holster is essentially sitting in a pocket right beside your thigh.
That pocket allows the gun to actually tip out over the belt. Your belt is applying force to the bottom of the gun. While all the weight of the gun is in the magazine and the top of the slide. So that causes the gun to want to tip out away from the body. As well as your body pushing the gun outward. To fix this we can add an accessory, which is a wedge, which we’ll go over later, but the extra length on the holster also helps as well and just makes things a lot more comfortable. I know this sounds counterintuitive to a certain degree, but the weight of the gun is the big factor in play here and when you start thinking about that, it starts making a lot more sense.
We mentioned the wedge earlier, and a wedge is very important because what a wedge helps do is help fill that hole or that area behind the holster that sits next to your thigh. So, it’s going to help kick the muzzle of the gun out away from your body, pushing the grip and top of the gun closer into your body, making concealment a little bit better. So it’s a safer setup as well as being more comfortable for most people. The wedge is a soft foam material that sits between the body and the holster itself. For most people, it really helps improve comfort, and as I said earlier, it helps with concealment as well. It’s just a great feature to have on the [inaudible 00:06:11] carry holster.
A claw or a wing is a device that uses the torque and pressure from your belt to leverage the grip into your body further. This is going to have a couple of advantages. For one, it’s going to make the gun much more concealable by tucking the grip in closer to your hip versus it sticking out and printing through your clothing. Another advantage of a claw or a wing is that by pushing the grip further into your hip, it’s going to change the natural angle of the grip itself, so your hand meets it more naturally when you’re acquiring a grip on the gun. So this will speed up your draw slightly as well.