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P320C vs. Glock 19 vs. CZ P-10C: Compact Pistols Showdown

Welcome to today’s handgun showdown, folks! In the compact pistols world, there’s never a dull moment. Today, we’ve gathered three people’s favorites to identify who has what it takes to be carried in your holster. The competitors are the Sig Sauer P320C, Glock 19 Gen 5, and CZ P-10C. In this epic battle where everyone can end up being a winner, we’ll delve into the nitty-gritty details of each pistol, covering everything from triggers to magazine capacity. Let’s take a closer look at our 9 mm participants.  

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Sig P320C

Sig Sauer P320C: The Jack of All Trades

The Sig Sauer P320C is a pistol that’s been making waves in the world of handguns since its introduction. The ripple effect is still there, and there are several reasons why the gun’s pizzazz doesn’t dwindle. What makes this compact, striker-fired beauty so popular? Here are a few things.

Comfort and Ergonomics

The P320C boasts a comfortable compact modular polymer grip with a standard grip angle, making it easily concealable and suitable for a wide range of hand sizes. It’s not too big, not too small, the golden middle ground, in short. The high beavertail provides a comfy spot for your hand to rest, allowing for better control and reduced muzzle flip. And a high grip, should you feel like it.


The P320C sports a metal trigger with no attachments and minimal take-up, giving it a trigger pull close to that of a single-action pistol. With a distinct reset, you’ll feel like you’re shooting with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker.

Safety and Controls

The Sig Sauer’s creation can be configured with safeties for those who prefer an added layer of security. It also features an ambidextrous slide release, making it accessible for both right and left-handed shooters. And let’s not forget the magazine release — large, easy to engage, and switchable for maximum convenience.

Recoil and Muzzle Rise

While the P320C does have some recoil and muzzle rise, it’s minimal compared to other compact pistols in its class. So yes, you’ll feel it, but it won’t knock your socks off. That allows for quicker follow-up shots and easier target acquisition, which is always a plus.

Sig Sauer P320C


The P320C comes with two sight options: SIGLITE (with tritium inserts) for those late-night encounters or steel 3-dot contrast sights for a classic look. Both options provide clear sight pictures and quick target acquisition, so your chances of hitting the bullseye are always consistent.

Accessory Rail

Under the barrel, you’ll find a Picatinny rail just waiting to be accessorized in some way. Lights, lasers, maybe even a cup holder (just kidding, or are we?)—the P320C is ready to be customized.

Magazine Capacity

The standard mag capacity for the P320C is 15 rounds, but there are also state-compliant 10-round variants for those who like to keep things as discreet as possible. It’s perfect for concealed carry and home defense, making the P320C the life of the party—or, you know, the protector of it.

Aftermarket Options

The P320C has a plethora of aftermarket options, allowing you to customize your pistol like it’s a high-performance sports car. Holsters, trigger upgrades, sights—you name it, the P320C can probably rock it.

Glock 19 Gen 5

Glock 19 Gen 5: A (G)love Story

You know what they say: if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. But what if you could take something already great and make it even better? Enter the Glock 19 Gen 5, the latest iteration of the legendary Glock 19.

Comfort and Ergonomics 

The Glock 19 Gen 5 features a compact design with a comfortable polymer grip, making it easily concealable and suitable for a wide variety of hand sizes. Remember those finger grooves from previous generations that divided Glock fans? Well, they’re gone now, grooves, that is, fans are all in place. This means more room for your digits to find their comfort zone. The grip angle allows for a natural point of aim, so you can hit the mark without breaking a sweat. The adjustable backstraps, a constant companion of Glock pistols since Gen 2, are also in place.


The Gen 5 comes with a redesigned trigger group that provides a smoother and lighter trigger pull compared to its predecessors. It may not be as crisp as some other compact pistols out there, but hey, consistency is key, right? Plus, you still get Glock’s Safe Action System, which ensures the pistol will only fire when the trigger is intentionally pulled—no surprises here.

Safety and Controls

The Glock 19 Gen 5 sticks to its roots by not having external safeties, relying instead on the tried-and-true Safe Action System. Some users may prefer the added security of external safety, but simplicity is the name of the game here. The ambidextrous slide stop lever and magazine release are easy to engage, making the Gen 5 user-friendly for both righties and lefties alike.

Recoil and Muzzle Rise

The Glock 19 Gen 5’s recoil and muzzle rise are manageable, making it easier to stay on target for those follow-up shots. It might not be gentle, but it’s still relatively mild for its caliber.


The Gen 5 comes with the standard Glock polymer sights featuring a white dot front sight and a white outline rear sight. These sights are OK, but you’ll probably want to upgrade to something with a little more functionality, like night sights or fiber optic sights, for improved visibility in various lighting conditions.

Accessory Rail

The Glock 19 Gen 5 features an accessory rail on the frame, so you can mount all your favorite trinkets (lights, lasers, you name it) and have a good time at the range regardless of the time of the day.

Magazine Capacity

The standard magazine capacity for the Glock 19 Gen 5 is 15 rounds, making it suitable for concealed carry and home defense. However, if you’re craving more firepower, there are higher-capacity magazines out there: 17, 19, 24, 31 and even 33-round mags are quite possible to find.

Read: 7 Factors to Consider When Choosing Glock Magazines

Aftermarket Options

One of the great things about Glocks is the vast range of aftermarket options, probably the most ample in the handgun family. From holsters to trigger upgrades to sights, you can customize your Glock 19 Gen 5 to your heart’s content.

CZ P-10 Compact

CZ P-10C Pistol Review: The New Kid on the Block

Just when you thought you’d seen it all in the world of handguns, along comes the CZ P-10C Battle pistol to shake things up. This striker-fired semi-automatic pistol has made quite a splash, but does it have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the gang? Let’s take a look.

Comfort and Ergonomics

The CZ P-10C features a comfortable polymer grip that’s designed to fit like a glove in a variety of hand sizes. The grip angle is reminiscent of the legendary 1911, making it feel like an old friend you haven’t seen in years. Plus, the aggressive texturing ensures that your hand won’t slip even when things get a little sweaty. This CZ pistol comes with three interchangeable backstraps, so the chances are you’ll find one that feels comfortable enough without resorting to aftermarket.


The trigger on the two models, Czech-made and US-made, will be a bit different. The original trigger boasts a light take-up and a bit of creep before the weight builds up. The US trigger is equally light, but has a different feel, a bit cheaper, if you may. That’s nothing critical, but something you should be aware of.  

Safety and Controls

The CZ P-10C comes with an integrated external trigger safety, keeping things simple and streamlined. As for the controls, the slide stop is ambidextrous and the mag release is reversible in both guns. 

Recoil and Muzzle Rise

The P-10C’s recoil and muzzle rise are manageable, allowing for quick follow-up shots and easy target acquisition. It won’t be the easiest ride of your life, but it’s smooth enough to keep you shooting all day long without any complaints.


The CZ P-10C comes with superior factory tritium sights that provide a clear sight picture and allow for quick target acquisition. There is really not much to add, the sights do their work, but you can always replace them with something you fancy more.

Accessory Rail

The P-10C features an accessory rail for mounting your favorite lights, lasers, or other tactical gadgets. The standard story here, so let’s go further.

Magazine Capacity

With a standard 15-round magazine capacity, the CZ P-10C is ready for both concealed carry and home defense. Both lower- and higher-capacity magazines are also available, but those will be aftermarket options.

Aftermarket Options

The CZ P-10C has a growing range of aftermarket options, allowing for quite a few customization options. The aftermarket is not as abundant as for its more renowned competitors, but you won’t be left optionless.

Compact pistols

The Ultimate Showdown Time

Now, for the main course: the battle itself. Spoiler alert: in several aspects, all three compact pistols are not that different. They are all valid concealed-carry options, with the differences being preference-natured rather than superiority-based. 

Comfort: All three compact pistols boast comfortable polymer grips and compact designs, making them easily concealable and suitable for a wide range of hand sizes. The Sig Sauer P320C and Glock 19 Gen 5 both feature grip angles that cater to a natural point of aim, while the CZ P-10C’s grip angle is reminiscent of the iconic 1911.

Trigger Performance: The Sig Sauer P320C shines with its metal trigger and minimal take-up and takes this piece of cake. The Glock 19 Gen 5 doesn’t lag behind too much, offering a smooth and light trigger pull, especially when compared to previous generations. The American-made CZ P-10C, on the other hand, will have the least enjoyable trigger of the three. Not dramatically, but since pulling the trigger is the thing you will do a lot, you might very well opt for something more comfortable.

Safety and Controls: The Sig Sauer P320C can be configured with safeties, providing an added layer of security for those who prefer it. The Glock 19 Gen 5 and CZ P-10C, however, rely on their integrated trigger safety systems. All three compact pistols offer ambidextrous controls, making them accessible for both right and left-handed shooters. If you’re a fan of external safeties, the P320C might have the edge here.

Recoil and Muzzle Rise: All three compact pistols have manageable recoil and muzzle rise, allowing for quick follow-up shots and easy target acquisition. While none of them offer a completely recoil-free experience (nothing can, so no problem here), they all perform admirably in this category.

Sights: The Sig Sauer P320C offers a choice of either SIGLITE night sights or steel 3-dot contrast sights. The Glock 19 Gen 5 and CZ P-10C come with standard sights, though CZ’s optics are superior to that of Glock. The P320C’s SIGLITE option might give it an edge for those who value low-light visibility, but again, you can always opt for aftermarket sights.

Accessory Rail: Each pistol comes equipped with an accessory rail either on the frame or below the barrel. In this regard, it’s a draw — each pistol is ready and waiting for your personal touch.

Magazine Capacity: All three compact pistols have a standard 15-round magazine capacity, making them suitable for concealed carry and home defense. Higher-capacity magazines are available for each model, but Glock boasts the biggest variety.

Aftermarket Options: The Glock 19 Gen 5 undoubtedly has the widest range of aftermarket options, followed by the Sig Sauer P320C. While the first impresses with quantity, customization options for Sig P320C alter the pistol in a more significant way. The CZ P-10C is still building its aftermarket presence but offers a growing range of options for customization. If you’re big on personalization, the Glock 19 Gen 5 might be the winner in this category.

Compact Pistols Showdown


All three pistols are worthy of your attention, to say the least. Some of them have already established themselves, while the other is still earning its reputation. In the end, the choice between the Sig Sauer P320C, Glock 19 Gen 5, and CZ P-10C will likely come down to personal preference. You know what sets these compact pistols apart and what brings them together. Willing to give one of them a try? The chances are you’ll find them resting somewhere on this page.

Check out other comparison blog posts by Gritr Sports Team:


What caliber is a SIG P320C?

While we primarily discussed a Sig P320C chambered in 9mm, the handgun is also available in .45 Auto.  

What Glock is banned in the US?

The Glock 18 is banned in the USA, since it’s a full-auto pistol. GLock 25 and 28 are also restricted for civilian ownership. The majority of Glock handguns from Gen 4 and 5 aren’t legal to own in California due to local legislation peculiarities.

Is the CZ P10C full size?

No, it’s a compact (but not the most compact) model of the P10 series. There are two models that even more compact than that (CZ P-10 M and S), and one full-size model CZ P-10 F.

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