Video Review at bottom of article.
The Canik TP9SA is not the typical pistol you would normally see on BTS. It is what is easily considered a low budget pistol. Now admittedly I was not super enthused about the Canik. Thankful for the opportunity if still a little underwhelmed. It is a Turkish made, probably reverse engineered, Walther P99. The SA is considered a single action striker fired weapon. The original TP9V2, from which this gun gets it form, is a traditional DA/SA. At the time of this article Canik has planned or introduced the SF, single action without the decocker found on the SA, and the SFx, single action, long slide competition oriented model. After handling and shooting the TP9SA I am quite happy to report that my lack of enthusiasm was not warranted.
During one of our video sessions with the gun I dumped an entire mag point shooting. While it wasn’t my greatest display of accuracy it provided some really critical information. This gun is actually very easy to shoot. The Canik points well. The grip has plenty of texture and even my large hands had plenty of purchase on the frame. The gun has very controllable recoil, directly comparable to a Glock 17. I was impressed with the trigger feel. I would say it is as good if not better than guns at twice the price. Two accuracy test were performed firing 5 rounds at approximately 10 yards off hand. Groups measured in at 3 inches and 2 inches. There were indications that the mechanical accuracy of the gun was capable of smaller groups.
The Canik is more or less the same size as a Glock 17. I am one of the weird guys out there that likes the feel of a factory Glock grip. I found the grip to be a little narrow for my large hands but overall feel was good. The trigger can be reached by even the smallest of hands. My 10 year old was able to put a proper firearms grip on the gun and function the trigger during dry fire practice with no special effort. The grip does have interchangeable back straps but due to limited time I was not able to remove the roll pin necessary to change it.
The fit and finish of the Canik was really good. The guts of the gun showed no unfinished edges or excess tool marks left behind during manufacturing. The Canik possessed features that I have come to expect from higher end guns at a much higher price point. Most notable was the polished finish on the feed ramp of the cold hammer forged barrel and the full length steel guide rod. The Glock 17 has a polymer recoil “assembly” and was the first thing to go in my personal Glocks in favor of a full length steel guide rod. While the polished feed ramp may seem trivial, I think it was note worthy due to the $350 price tag. The Cerakote finish had no visual blemishes and seemed even and well applied. Moving to the outside of the gun again. The reversible magazine release is large and easy to function and has nicely rounded edges. The take down mechanism shared the same fit and finish as the mag release. Slide to frame fit was more than acceptable with very little movement at lock up. Metal sights! I like Glock, but this is one area the Canik does better. Standard metal three dot style sights that had no issues when used for one handed manipulation being racked off my belt or boot.
The TP9SA comes with two magazines, a magazine loader, and a holster that resembles and operates in the same fashion as a Blackhawk Serpa. The holster comes with 2 mounting options, a paddle attachment and a belt slide attachment that closely emulates a Blade Tech belt slide. In my humble opinion I would rather have seen the holster left out. I found the holster, while adequate for shooting and training with the day you get the gun, should be replaced with a holster better suited to your use of the gun whether that be competition or carry. The magazines included with the gun, impressively, were well made Mec-Gar units. The magazines were metal bodied with a plastic base plate.
- Around $350
- cold hammer forged barrel
- very well appointed at this price range
- Unnecessary decocker
- Functions decocker if dropped
- Less than adequate holster
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