Canik TP-9 SF, affordable duty pistol that works.
First of all, I do not want any of the anti Turkish comments. Not to just leave you with that, here are just a few facts, Turkey is a member of NATO and is considered an ally to the United States. The US and Turkey have disagreements over Syria but Turkey has said they do not want to be forced into a war with Syria in which they cannot afford financially or militarily. Now I normally do not get into politics but there is some anti Canik rhetoric circulating and much of that is at best speculation or just plain guessing. So, we are allies with Turkey and I am going to give Canik a fair and unbiased review. I have met a few of their employees and they were pleasant and gracious to me. If that is something you just cannot stomach, then I invite you to respect my First Amendment rights and hit the road.
As it comes with spare magazine, magazine loader, different backstrap, Kydex retention holster, and basic cleaning kit.
The pistol has similar lines to some of the H&K and Walther pistols
Front sight, with white dot.
Rear sight, adjustable for windage with white dots, you can also see here the subtle cocking indicator. The round black button just below the center of the rear sight. is protruding indicates the striker is cocked.
Integrated standard Picatinny rail.
The single action trigger broke just over four pounds with right much take up and some overtravel, with the integrated safety bar. The magazine release is easily swapped over to the left side.
The front strap is dimpled for traction.
The rear backstrap is also dimpled for traction, interchangeable backstrap, and lanyard loop.
Initial Range Trip
I took the TP-9 SF out at ten yards and ran several magazines through it, both ball and jacketed hollow points, to see if the pistol was reliable and to get a feel for how it runs. After that it was back to the twenty five yard line for some accuracy tests from a rest. Ergonomically the TP-9 SF is a great fit and is proving to be reliable.
25 yard accuracy chart, please click on the chart for a larger version.
Second Range Trip
The TP-9 SF has proven to be reliable over 350 or so rounds of various types from defensive to ball ammunition, an accurate and comfortable shooter. At a MSRP of $399 it is a very affordable handgun, it is a bit large for concealed carry but if the weather or your tolerance holds up you can dress around it. As for a carry or defensive purpose this pistol is well suited, with the accessory rail and eighteen plus one capacity it is a lot of firepower in a lighter weight full size pistol. The single action trigger was not as nice as a quality 1911 trigger but it was a lot better than I expected. In the constant search for quality defensive firearms that are reliable and affordable the Canik TP-9 SF is a great option. I am thankful the SF model omitted the slide mounted decocker. A decocker on a single action pistol is, in my opinion, a bad idea. This pistol is carried by the Turkish Police Force and some of their military. Though polymer receiver striker fired pistols are nothing new, Canik has done a nice job with the TP-9 SF and has introduced it at a affordable MSRP.
“About 100 of the rounds we used were from my hands and it was incredibly comfortable. I have a bias for three dot sights and these did not let me down. I am very satisfied with the performance and ergonomics of this pistol.” — Allison Cartwright
- Full-Size Polymer Frame
- Eighteen Round Capacity Magazine
- SA or Trigger System with Trigger Safety
- Integral Accessory Picatinny Rail (MIL-STD-1913)
- Side Changeable Magazine Catch
- Serrated Trigger Guard
- Cerakote Finish
- Steel 3 Dot Sights, Rear Adjustable For Windage
- MSRP $399