Remember the Canik we reviewed a short time ago? In case you missed it, you can get caught up here: Canik TP9SA Review. Well it had to go back to Gun Pro Deals and we appreciate them loaning it to us to put it through the review process.
After shooting the Canik more and cleaning it throughly twice, I’ve learned a few things and thought I’d share them. It’s still a great value, however I’ve learned where they have cut costs. The barrel is just as clean and as well made as they advertise. In the SA model it’s cold hammer forged with a highly polished feed ramp. Both great features often not found in guns twice the Canik’s price. From my understanding the newer SF model drops the cold hammer forged barrel and the decocker (which we wouldn’t complain about).
The Cerakote finish was evenly applied and had a deep black color on the outside of the slide. During cleaning, the inside of the slide revealed the cost savings, just under the top and near the front wasn’t machined. So how did it get it’s shape? Either it’s forged into the rough shape of the slide or it’s a casting. Every forged slide I’ve ever seen was a forged piece of bar stock then machined from there. When a slide is forged, the inside is milled out for the barrel cavity leaving machining marks behind. The inside of the Canik slide was rough just like what I know a casting to look like. Does it matter? It’s possible but highly unlikely that a cast slide would ever have an issue. I even have an old Caspian 1911 slide that is cast that has more rounds through it than most guns.
The other parts inside the slide and those that make up the trigger assembly also had a rough finish much like parkerizing. They were rough and difficult to clean but they moved smoothly to make up the fantastic trigger the gun has. If you look closely enough in the image above you can see the barrel hood started to show wear. I found this unusual but not overly, this area takes the most abuse and it seems to be just the coating that wore off. Still at less than 500 rounds the gun was starting to wear off the coating.
In the end, sure the gun has a price point because of manufacturing costs or lack of. It’s still a solid pistol for the money and one that should be on your purchase list if you are in the market for a great shooting economical pistol.