Jacob Herman, of Century Arms International, came to the Big 3 for a couple of hours during Century Arms’ national sales meeting. He brought out the new TP9SF and TP9SFX.
The TP9SF is similar to the TP9SA. However they removed the decoking button and cold hammer forged the barrel. They have shot the SF 60k rounds with no major parts wear. The SF has a phosphate finish with Cerakote. The magazines have an APC coating now.
The real surprise was the SFX. Century Arms is trying to move into the shooting sports side of the industry.
Just like S&W M&P and Glock’s MOS pistols, the SFX can accept micro red dots. The sample has a Vortex Razor Venom red dot mounted. Century made the decision to not bother with co-witnessing irons on the SFX. In fact the mounting plate cover has the rear sight built into the plate. So when you remove the plate to mount your optic of choice, the rear sight is removed.
Above you will notice a hole drilled and tapped into the red dot mount. Canik has added the option for a side charging handle. You can see the handle below. This is a first for out of the box ready competition guns. The charging handle can be installed on the left or right hand side of the slide. I found the handle to be a bit narrow and hope someone will make a fatter handle when the gun comes out. Canik also included an extended slide stop and extended magazine release. The magazine release is made of metal and the gun comes with three different sizes so you can choose which one you want and how far it sticks out of the gun.
The TP9SFX comes with two magazines and they come with +2 round extensions, giving the magazines a 20rd capacity. As an open division shooter in USPSA, there is a magazine length limit to the magazines you can use. The limit is 170mm OAL of the magazine. I would have liked the SFX mags to be made to that length but I am sure a third party company will make magazine extensions, perhaps Taran Tactical will like he does for Glocks and M&P pistols.
Here is a video of me getting a little trigger time on the new TP9SFX
The SF and SFX are slated to be released early next year. The SFX will retail for $539.99.