There certainly ARE some 10mm handguns that aren’t Glocks.
Some people think you have to get a Glock if you want a 10mm handgun. The fact is, you don’t. In fact, you can spend less and get more for it in a lot of respects. The truth is that the 10mm, which a lot of people would consider the only autoloading cartridge worth carrying in the woods short of a Desert Eagle, isn’t limited to just plastic striker guns.
Here are three 10mm pistols that you could strap on with pride.
Colt Delta Elite
The first 10mm handgun was the Bren Ten, but it was followed shortly by the Colt Delta Elite. Unlike the Bren Ten and Col. Jeff Cooper, who helped design it, the Colt is still alive and well as the company still makes it. It may cost a bit more than the plastic purse gun from Austria, but there’s just something about a Colt.
There’s especially something about a Colt 1911, which is why they tend to hold their value fairly well on the used market.
Back in the 1980s, Colt tinkered with their Series 80 1911 design to create a 1911 that could run the 10mm Auto cartridge. They did, and it worked. People loved it… well, some of them did, anyway. Unfortunately, not enough people did, and the gun was dropped from production from 1996 to 2008. It has made it’s triumphant return, however, and comes standard with upgraded adjustable sights, ergonomic grips, bobbed hammer and beavertail grip safety and a stainless steel finish.
The usual 1911 refinements, but packing far more punch than .45 ACP could hope to. The only other classic 10mm from the same era—you know, back when the FBI switched to the cartridge—was the S&W 1006, and that’s been out of production for a dog’s age.
EAA Witness 10mm
You’re an idiot if you try to find a working Bren Ten instead of getting an EAA Witness 10mm. The Witness, like the Bren Ten, is a CZ-75 derivative, as Tanfoglio—the company that actually makes it—copies the CZ-75 for their pistol designs. They also happen to be chief handgun maker to the Italian army, so they clearly know what they’re doing.
Like the vaunted CZ, the frame rides inside the rail, making lock-up tighter than a drum. Bore axis is low, so recoil is easily managed and accuracy is about as good as it gets. Ergonomics are about as close to perfect as it gets.
Best of all, there are a number of configurations to choose from. Basic models start for less than $600, with a polymer frame that includes an accessory rail. You’ll pay less in-store.
Those who like double/single-action triggers will love it, as will fans of cocked and locked carry. The CZ-inspired design includes a manual safety that can put this pistol in Condition One if so desired.
However, that’s the starting point. Match-grade competition guns are also in the Witness line, though they exact a lot more in sticker. If you’re looking to create the ultimate auto hunting handgun… a 10mm Witness should be at the top of the list.
Want a compact 10mm concealed carry gun? Their compact models come in 10mm as well.
Armscor Rock Ultra FS HC
Yes, it’s a 1911, and yes, it’s a Series 70 design, but it holds 16 rounds of 10mm – like the EAA Witness – with the 1911 controls, ergonomics and handling that so many people are used to.
There are more refined 10mm models in Armscor’s lineup, such as the 6-in barrel Pro series models, but as far as bang for buck… you aren’t likely to find it. Expect to pay around what you would in-store for a Glock 20—but to get so very much more than a plastic pistol.