Review: Canik TP9 SF Black – Out “Glocking” a Glock

When the Editors sent out the Canik, I was in a profound state of “meh.” “Whop-de-doo,” I thought, “I can only write so much on so little substance.” Ignoring my original outlook, They sent me the gun anyways. With complete apathy, I received it and opened the box only to be surprised. Contained within that package was the first handgun I believe can out “Glock” and Glock.

Glock (Verb)

  1. To be inexpensive yet utterly pragmatic
  2. To be high build quality yet only OK ergonomics
  3. To be low priced and high value.


The Canick TP9 SF is the latest installment in the TP9 series of handguns, which have actually been in the US for some time. Imported from Turkey by Century Arms International, the base platform has come in waves of a few iterations. The original TP9 looked like a P99 but had a quirky trigger pull. From there the TP9 SA used a striker-fired design but came with an unusual decocking mechanism and with it being single-action only, fell flat in the US market for fears of decoking the handgun accidentally.

Now up and refreshed for the US market is the TP9 SF, of which SF standards for (you guessed it) “Special Forces”. In short, it’s the same handgun as the TP9 SA, but it gets rid of that pesky decocker or “kill switch” as Tim at Military Arms Channel so eloquently described it.

The TP9 SF is a 18+1 9mm Luger double-stack, striker-fired handgun. Barrel length comes in at 4.46”, height at 5.7”, total length at 7.5” and width at 1.35”. Weight is 1.83 lbs (empty). Compared to the G17, the handgun has higher capacity, is slightly wider, slightly shorter, slightly taller, and .3 lbs heavier, unloaded. It wins some and loses some.


Features, Fit, & Finish

Starting off, the handgun arrives in a cut-foam box container keeping all the contents within organized. The handgun arrives with a BlackHawk SERPA-style holster, two magazines, a magazine loading tool, bigger replaceable backstrap, cleaning tool, manuals, lock, etc. all tucked away which is a welcome change from the Glock, where it seems haphazardly thrown together into a plastic case.

The magazines are made by Mec-Gar specifically for the TP9 series. The mags are backwards compatible with all previous TP9 editions and magazines.MSRP for extra mags is $25.99. The fine checkered release is factory-installed for right-hand release (on the left side, looking from the rear) and is reversible for release on the left-side. The slide stop is left-side only but elongated towards the front and rear for easy thumb actuation to both stop and release the slide.
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Field strip is very similar to other full-size striker-fired handguns and requires that one pull the trigger to disassemble. Once the striker is released, pull down on the big tabs and with a solid click the slide will release and is capable of being removed. From there, remove the metal guide rod with its flat-wire spring and the barrel pulls out easily. Reassembly is the exact opposite.


Assembled, the handgun looks big, mostly due to its height, almost reminiscent of a Sig P320, but with the M&P slim slide front. Finish on the slide looks to be a Salt Bath Nitride with a bead blasted finish, leaving it semi-gloss. No machine marks are present and the stylized engraving is a nice touch. Good thing the engraving looks good, as the right side of the slide is festooned with legally required markings, more so than a Caspian 1911 race-gun. At the top is a loaded chamber indicator and at the rear is a striker-ready indicator, which is actually the rear of the striker itself. On the right hand side is an external extractor, machined to follow the slides lines. The barrel is match grade barrels with button cut rifling and allows the use of cast lead rounds without the risk of long-term lead fouling.


The frame is black polymer. The front adorned with a three slot Picatinny rail. Texturing is present on the grip sides and where the trigger finger rests on the frame (a nice touch). Additional writing is on the frame with the usual warnings to read the manual, “Made in Turkey”, and a note that it will fire without a magazine present (sad that the note has to exist). The front and rear straps are covered with a large scale type checker texture and the heel of the frame has interesting scallops (which we will cover later). The rear backstrap is held in with a pin that can do double-duty as a lanyard adapter.

Inside the gun, the feed ramp and chamber are highly polished. The slide rides on four metal rails molded into the frame. The slide stop and release are on the left side of the magazine well and the trigger rides on the right, with a drop-safe striker blocker and an interesting rear mechanism which provides for an excellent trigger pull. Speaking of, the trigger has a carrot-style passive safety.

Shooting the Canik TP9 SF

Like most double-stack magazines, the included magazine loading tool is pretty much useless for the last 5 rounds, which is just fine when one owns a LuLa. Loaded up with the full 18 rounds, the magazine slid into position with an affirmative click and racking the slides rear-only serrations, the ubiquitous Winchester White Box bulk pack ammunition went into battery with nary a hitch. The loaded chamber indicator popped up and the strike was at the rear, showing red and ready to fire.


Drawing from the provided holster was familiar, as it is a carbon-copy of the SERPA holsters. I put the holster at a slight forward cant, as I find that more comfortable when wearing the handgun on a high-riding belt. The weapon clears the holster without issue and the paddle kept it firmly in my trousers on stand-by to accept its charge again when its task was completed.


Using the standard backstrap, the gripped filled my medium-sized hands (according to the military, I have 57th percentile hand size) and I found the scallops at the bottom of the grip were indeed useful. With a solid one-hand grip, my heel meets with that heel to allow the handgun to sit farther back and more comfortably into the palm. They look goofy as can be, but in this case form follows a solid function. The checkering on the front and back is quite passive, but stable with dry hands. In fact, my hand felt more of the sandpaper textured sides than the front and rear.

Reaching for the trigger, my finger sat comfortably on the face but was dismayed at the excessively long take-up. At the bottom edge of the trigger on its pivot, it’s nearly a ½”! Persevering through it finds a solid wall (which surprised my finger as this was a stock striker-fired handgun) and at about 5 lbs on the finger-scale (my Lyman digital scale reads it 4.4-4.8 lbs), the shot released. Reset is fast and compared to a Glock, more sound than the tactile, but its close. To get a Glock anywhere near this pull requires trigger parts that cost near as much as the Canik handgun itself. Its out-freaking-standing considering the price.

Recoil was decidedly 9mm and the slide slammed home, dipping the muzzle. The extra weight of the slide plus recoil spring was more than expected but after a few rounds, one learns to take advantage of the momentum to bring the muzzle on target fast without dipping. What was noticed, only slightly, was the higher bore axis which is similar to shooting the P320. The newbie shooter will not feel it, but for someone accustomed to tuned weapons, it will feel slightly heavy. Again, a few rounds and one is used to recoil sensation and it’s nothing that will keep one from going fast on the go-pedal when needed. (Note* Canik has a race-ready long-slide TP9 coming soon and outside of adjusting take-up, I don’t see a need to change the trigger).

18 rounds went through the handgun without issue and with the slide locking back, became what was a boring range session. As a writer and reviewer, I actually hope for a malfunction as it gives us something to write about, but when a gun just goes bang every time with every round fed, there is no prose out there to do it justice other than to say, “It just worked.”

The sights are a three dot affair, which brought up my only real true annoyance with the handgun, the front sight dot is not lined up with the rear dots when the top of the sights are aligned. The front sight is dovetailed in place, held by friction and the rear likewise, but adds a grub screw for additional retention. To help with alignment, the rear sight has a vertical line, which is refreshing as its near impossible to mis-align the front sight in low-light or at night. According to Century, the front and rear sight are from existing designs, but they did not disclose which series the sights were from.


Accuracy was decidedly “good enough” putting up respectable fist to hand-sized groupings at 7 yards banging away on the trigger. Trying to push it out to range (25 yards), the “two-stage” trigger shined, keeping groups within the torso area off-hand. Using a makeshift rest, groups shrunk to soccer-ball sizes, which is the limit of what my eyes can do under searing fluorescent light.

7 yards, standing, off-hand, slow fire

7 yards, standing, off-hand, slow fire


And throughout the session, using Freedom Munitions and Midwest Ammunition (both factory reloads), the handgun just kept chewing away. Upgrading to defense loads (Federal HST and Hornady Critical Defense) saw no decrease in group sizing though an increase in felt recoil with the stouter loads.

25 yards, standing, slow-fire.

25 yards, standing, slow-fire.

Would I call it a “great shooter”? No, I wouldn’t, but I can’t write and say its a bad shooter. For the accuracy nut, new sights and perhaps a new barrel may be in order, but for the general shooter, its good enough to take to a 3-gun match and not be out-classed by anything save the high-end race guns. As such, I pronounce it “good enough.”

The Good:

  • Price (at $350 retail) is almost unbeatable for a semi-automatic standard-capacity handgun. When you add in the quality it’s a veritable bargain.
  • Ignoring the ridiculous take-up, the trigger is superb for a striker-fired pistol. Reset is just as good. Once on the trigger, it’s a full-on go-pedal.
  • Sights are three-dot affair but the vertical line does keep them sorted and ensures front sight post alignment.
  • Monotonously reliable.

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The Notable:

  • Arrives with two magazines, but includes a SERPA-style holster.
  • Adjustable back straps cover most people, but those with too small or too big hands may find want more adjustability.
  • Adds features like cocked striker and loaded chamber indicators.
  • Swappable ambidextrous magazine release, but slide release is left-side only.
  • Machined match grade barrel with button rifling.

The Bad:

  • Sig Sauer height on the bore axis. While controllable (being 9mm), it could be more controllable lower.
  • As reported in other reviews, the depth of the picatinny rails is not to spec. They can be filed down, but its annoying when the spec has been around for such a long time.


Final Thoughts:

It’s not often I come away truly impressed with a weapon. Yes, I can find fault with some of the basic pieces on the weapon (the high bore axis and lack of mirrored ambidextrous features), but considering the price of the handgun I am apt to overlook them. Street price for these will be only $300 freaking dollars!

In all the places that Glock set the US market on fire nearly thirty years ago, the Canik TP9 SF has comes and beats it at its own game. The Canik has 18+1 compared to the Glock 17’s 17+1, the trigger is far and above better, its more comfortable, fit and finish is on par, adds features such as the two indicators (striker and loaded chamber), and a price that beats the market soundly. Where the Smith and Wesson M&P and Springfield XD series have become the Glock’s contemporaries, the Canik has the potential to beat them all.*


*I say this as while the handgun functioned well for me over 500+ rounds, the true longevity and reliability of a handgun can only be tested over years. Assuming the Canik meets or beats the Glock on this respect too, I’d be hard-pressed to recommend anything but this for the basic handgun buyer.

For now, I’d recommend both on the basis of price/performance vs. the rugged reputation/aftermarket. Still, it’s only a matter of time until the Canik’s TP9 SF’s reputation and aftermarket is sorted. Until then, it’s worth giving it a shot.

UPDATE: The barrels are button rifled. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • mlk18

    Whether you like Canik or not, it seems fair to mention that your $$$ is also going to support a country that directly and/or indirectly sponsors terrorism.

    • MrEllis

      So does driving a car. Hell, our smack habit alone funds the hell out of terrorism. We’ve armed terrorist groups privately (IRA) and as a nation (Contras). To name a few. It’s like me boycotting the internet because some guy in Topeka who works on the backbone is a neo-nazi.

      • mosinman

        are the Contras really terrorists? I highly doubt that, considering i’ve talked to quite a few former fighters on both sides while living in Nicaragua. The Contras and Sandinistas both were responsible for war crimes and the Sandinista Ministerio del Interior made people disappear KGB style so i don’t blame them for fighting the Commies

        • Kivaari

          The Contras were out buddies. Killing commies for mommies is not a bad thing. Mayor DeBalsio earned his creds within the American leftist movement by being a helper to the commies in Nicaragua.

      • Speak for yourself, I don’t have a smack habit. I don’t subscribe to a collective guilt but look at each individual case, and turkey has been aiding and abetting isis. As a nation and a people turkey has not been one of the good guys. Driving a car doesn’t equate to funding terrorism, funding a company that is quasi part of the Turkish government which has been aiding isis head choppers is a little more specific though. I drew my line at that and bought a cz 75 from the chek republic instead, they have no modern history of active participation in terrorism and genocide like turkey.

        • Kivaari

          The Czechs seem to get clobbered every time the Russians and Germans decide to do dumb stuff, they use Czechs as the playground. Except when under the thumb of invaders the Czechs are pro-western. They have been great allies since the Russians went home.

        • MrEllis

          Don’t subscribe to collective guilt but you will assign collective guilt to an entire nation? As a fellow American, you may wanna lay off the “g” word there. Hubris of man…

          • I didn’t assign collective guilt to all turks, I made an assessment about giving my money to erdogan, a vicious scumbag and the manufacturers of the canick, who are armpits deep in bed with erdogans increasingly islamist government and becuase right now as we speak erdogans son is laundering isis oil sureptitiously brought across the border putting millions, maybe hundreds of millions in the pocket of actual isis savages, and some of those isis head chopping savages are crossing the border freely when injured on the battlefield and getting top notch medical treatment in Turkish hospitals and going back to fight in syria. The turkish governemnt allows this, and When we wanted and needed to stage out of turkey during the invasion of Iraq for a two prong attack NATO member turkey said no making the fight harder and more dangerous for our troops. So I graded them on a scale and they came up wanting.

    • giannis kalyvas

      bro , US government gives billions of military aid to Turkey every year so to say that 300$ will support them is a little funny , and guess what , US gov knew all along about their support of Al Nusra and ISIS

      • Kivaari

        We had our nuclear missiles stationed in Turkey during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    • DIR911911 .

      and what do you call a country that deliberately overthrows a democracy . . . USA!!

      • People we’ve crossed over into politics which everyone should know is an off limits topic. Lets stick to the topic of the post.

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      No, its a country that is an ally, but they are almost on the brink of civil war as radicals in that country seek to overthrow the government.

    • mlk18

      You say WE have armed terrorists, but I didn’t hand them a gun. Nor did I get a call from the gov’t asking for my personal approval. And calling Turkey an ally is like Obama calling Iran an ally. They are using us to get what they want or need and feeding us little bits of info to keep us happy, while also housing and training the next group of people who will kill our citizens. Ignorance is not bliss.

      • Tormund Giantsbane

        I don’t remember the Iranian government attacking America before. You’ll have to refresh me on that one since it was Sunni/Wahabinist Saudis that flew planes into the towers on 9/11 and who we continue to fight in the Middle East.
        Iran is not our enemy and Israel is not our friend.

        • mosinman

          yeah Iran isn’t our enemy yet they have government officials chanting “death to America” and refer to us as the “great satan”
          i do not hear of these things coming from Israel

          • Tormund Giantsbane

            Iran is also funding the fight against Wahabbinism/ISIS while Israel has been sitting around doing nothing to help anyone but themselves.
            You have confused another country that wants power and influence on the world stage with them being our enemy.

          • mosinman

            they’re fighting ISIS yet they’re still sponsoring their own terrorists. Why should Israel get involved when there will be outrage when they do? keep in mind that they’re surrounded by enemies that hate them.

          • Tormund Giantsbane

            Doing the right thing isn’t always popular. Winston Churchill was the only man in the 1930’s in all of Britain making public speeches about the need to stop Hitler. FDR took major approval hits for condemning Japan for their attacks in Asia and supporting Britain’s war efforts. If they’re our ally and an ally to the world they should stand up and do the right thing instead of not doing anything.

            You’re also missing that Canada has sent reports to the UN that their government believes Israel is partially supporting groups like ISIS because of their opposition to Iran and other Shia nations who are constantly a thorn in Israel’s side.

            To me the argument is over which group I think will help us the most and I think that’s Iran. Their trade is why oil prices have dropped and they are the major nation fighting ISIS that isn’t Assad’s government. I say let them win and let’s open up conversations like they’re a real country instead of pretending that they’re the ones who are decimating the Middle East.

          • mosinman

            yeah, you seem to think that fighting ISIS makes a group “good”
            Sometimes it’s just best to let people sort out their own problems, and that’s probably why Israel is keeping to themselves. i also find a report like that coming out of Canada’s current government dubious at best, unless they have real proof it’s merely speculation. i think your faith is misplaced, this is just a power grab for Iran, nothing more. i’ll also have you know that the Kurds and Russia are fighting ISIS and have proven themselves to be major powers on that particular battlefield.

        • I believe you have that reversed.

    • Klink77

      Turkey can keep their weapons. They’re gonna need them. I will never support them. They’ve been slaughtering innocent people around them for well over a century. To call them an ally is a slap in the face to many Christians and other minorities slaughtered by Turkish hands.

  • Joe

    I hypothesize that the polymer striker-fired guns will break into two different classes.
    First is the traditional design, slide rails molded into frame, where Glock seems to be losing market share against lower-priced equivalents.
    Next is the “internal frame assembly”, showcased by the Sig P320 and Ruger American, offering much higher potential for customization.
    This is the low end/high end split, which should take about 10 years to become a thing

    • john huscio

      It’s only been out a few months and I’m already seeing bad reviews of the new ruger

  • Lew Siffer

    I’m not sure why I never liked my Glock (bought one of the first Glock19 models in 1989) but I am always looking for something I “like” better. Thank you for the review; this Canik will be added to my long list of pistols that will not replace my G19.

  • jj

    how can it be slightly shorter and slightly taller at the same time?

  • Mike

    That 25 yard group sucks. That speaks to the quality right there….unless it’s the ammo used for the test…..or the shooter. The last two problems can be fixed.

    • He wasn’t shooting slow fire there was some speed involved.

      • ozzallos .

        Some of those holes are black while the others are white. Poor quality foreign handgun.

        • john huscio

          70% of handguns sold in the US are “foreign”………

          • iksnilol

            Not the Springfield.

            The best American polymer handgun, simply because it is actually American!

            *Sarcasm so thick I am choking here.

          • Zippy2003

            But, but, but…

            GRIP ZONE…..


            Hangs head low.

            Seriously, was that the Americans or Croatians idea?

            HAHAHAHA. Will the Canik TP9 turn into the next HS200? Place your bets, place your bets ladies and gentlemen. I guess when this same exact pistol starts selling for 600 bucks with no other changes, folks will flock to it like fish to water.

          • iksnilol

            Grip zone™ is an American invention of the American-designed and American made XD pistol!

            In seriousness, it was Springfields idea with the grip zone.

          • OldNorthState

            “Will the Canik TP9 turn into the next HS200? ”
            Not with Century Arms as their distributor… the Turks probably thought they’d just hit the “mother lode” of American marketing when Century struck the deal with ’em. The Turks obviously didn’t do their homework on distribution, signing up with CAI. What a joke of an outfit. Sorry, CAI… I just call it the way I see it.

    • Big Daddy

      Actually for the average shooter that is pretty good. I see worse at 7 yards all the time at the range. I go to the range on average 2x a week.

  • Adam D.

    I haven’t shot or even handled this pistol yet,
    but based on what I’ve read so far, everybody likes it.
    It seems like value is always mentioned as one of the most important selling points
    of this gun, but people only mention the price of the pistol.

    I don’t know the current best prices on the magazines this gun takes,
    but if you buy 8-10 magazines for your gun, isn’t a Glock worth the investment?
    I mean a Glock is considerably more expensive, but the magazines are around $15,
    and you can choose from factory, Magpul, ETS, SGM…
    If you buy more than 6 mags for your guns, the more expensive metal mags of the TP9 will cost enough to reach the price of buying a Glock in the first place.
    Or am I missing something with this value thing?
    My question is serious, no cynicism.
    With the price of the metal mags, is this gun really that much cheaper than a Glock?

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      Glock mags are metal, too. They are just sheathed in polymer.

      • BobinMI

        which is why he explicitly reffered to the Magpul, ETS, and SGM mags that are made from only polymer and cost around 15 bucks….

        • Hensley Beuron Garlington

          Well, maybe, but he mentioned, “factory, Magpul, ETS, SGM”, not just the last three…

    • lecutis

      Mags are $23,99 each all day long. 30 rounders are $29.99. I have not seen Glock mags for $15 (pmags yes). This gun shoots better than a vp9 and mags ar half the price. Cheaper mags than m&p. I own this pistol and have over 2000 rounds down the barrel. Not a problem or concern. As far as accuracy, I am shooting steels out to 28 yards (12 inch ) consistantly. This is by far the sleeper gun of 2016.

  • olivehead

    I’m sure this is a fine pistol, but I just can’t get excited about anything not from one of the “majors.” I wouldn’t say I’m a snob; it’s just that Glock, M&P, and FN pretty much offer anything you could want in a polymer striker pistol. Oh throw in Walther and HK for good measure. Best value on the market right now: FNS9 or 40, depending on your tastes. Easily obtainable for under $500 with 3 mags to boot.

    • Bill

      The “majors” also bring a lot of support, even if it’s sometimes hard to get, coughHKcough, that is a significant factor to a lot of people. I don’t need a lot of aftermarkets stuff, but I do need to pick up the phone and talk to somebody in Tech Services about getting parts, etc.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        Doesn’t Century International Arms handle importation and customer support of these weapons? They have been great the past six years at least from people I’ve spoken with and my personal experience.

    • john huscio

      IMO, the best deals in pistols right now are the CZ p07 and Sig p2022. Both easily obtained in the neighborhood of $350-450

    • olivehead

      I should have said “best striker pistol on the market.” I agree with both of your picks, although the P2022 has never really been comfortable to me. I think it’s how the mag fits in the grip with the baseplate forming part of the grip. I’m not really sure the point of that since it could have been designed with a more traditional, “flatter” mag base plate and a longer grip on the pistol itself.

    • OldNorthState

      Re: Canik rail… Yes, I noticed it and got “shot down” by another Canik fan months ago (and I own an earlier version that does not seem to have an odd cant) when I said the 2nd gen version looked like the rail had a very slight downward sweep, at least in a photo. Maybe it was “just me”….???

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      I think you forgot about CZ, and while the TP-9 series may not work for you it does work very, very well for many other people — just as the big names you mentioned don’t necessarily work well for some.

  • Big Daddy

    It’s a good first pistol to learn how to shoot. But you will soon want to get a better gun. The ones I handled felt cheap and light. The one I shot was terrible. Inaccurate, snappy because it was a little too light and the trigger was bad, long travel, long reset. I shoot a 1911 best but I carry a Glock for a reason.

    Save your money and either buy a Glock or a SIG 320.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    I think a lot of people on here are still comparing the TP9 to the Glock and not this new TP9 SF with improved trigger.
    Also, the comparison should be against other guns priced the same. Hard to beat these at $300.

    • OldNorthState

      “I believe Century International Arms also imports these and handles customer service and they are good.”…
      I own a TP9 – the “first generation” of this series – and it’s a decent pistol for the initial low investment, but even though I’ve never contacted Century, personally, it’s pretty well known that they’re not a very customer service oriented outfit, and frankly have brought some very cheesy other (and non-related to the Canik line) firearms to market, barely worth having if at all. And they didn’t give many folks satisfactory service on any of it, from what I understand. I DID personally email Canik with some questions a couple of years ago after purchasing the then-totally-new-to-market TP9, and they actually replied, satisfactorily. But since that time I contacted them again regarding another question, and they’ve made no effort to reply whatsoever.
      Cutting to the chase, my MAJOR CONCERN in owning and relying upon the Canik – any version – is one of parts and service. Supposedly they’ve been tested to 50,000 rounds or so w/out statistically significant (my words,there) failure, but even GLOCKs occasionally need replacement parts and service (though comparatively seldom, statistically), and GLOCK has that covered well, almost universally. (Which is why, even though I was very late to embrace any GLOCK, I swallow some of my esthetic tastes in pistol design and feel most comfortable with a GLOCK, and a couple of other brands as close seconds, as my most trusted CC pieces. I appreciate the Canik, but distrust their distributor and even the mfr’s. intentions of helping me keep ’em running.

  • john huscio

    Great deal for self defense on a budget, however if I wanted a p99, I’d buy a p99. Not a huge fan of Turkey either, but thats a discussion better had elsewhere..

  • Edge767

    I have the TP9SF and the Gen 4 Glock 17. I love them both. The Canik really is quite an amazing pistol considering its price. However, as much as I like it and like shooting it, I trust my life to my Glocks. As for comparing the TP9SF to the Glock 17, I feel that the Glocks are generally worth the extra money in terms of quality. I have some finish issues with my Canik, and there is an edge on the slide that is almost sharp enough to cut skin.

  • Some Guy

    Meh I’d rather get an actual Walther than a Turk clone. Price is nice and all but unless you’re just a collector (nothing wrong with that, but then why this?) you’ll exceed the cost of the gun in ammo in pretty short order regardless of what the gun costs.

  • Rick5555

    Sorry to inform people and the author of this article. But the Canik is not Nitride. It’s Cerakote…even the Black model. Not sure why people like a striker indicator. Just look at your trigger. And the round in chamber pop up flags are just ridiculous. Just another part that can fail and/or possibly cause the firearm to malfunction. Here’s an idea. Use an existing part…like the extractor, to tell a person if there’s a round in the chamber. If you need these two features in the first place. One should reconsider owning and using firearms…just my .02 cents. The Canik is top heavy,…which is quite noticeable. And overall it’s heavy compare to the competition in this class of firearms. At my LGS, they have had 2 Caniks in for gunsmithing repairs. Not privy to the actually smithing needed per se. However, I did handle the SF model that was at the shop for repair. The price is good. But, I don’t think this firearm will go the long haul. I could be wrong. Most of the sales is indicative with college kids purchasing this firearm and think it’s great. When many are not so astute regarding firearms.

    • Zippy2003

      See if you can find out why those 2 Caniks are in for repair. Are they the Canik TP9 series?

      Also, these have lifetime warranties and Century will fix them for free, so why would someone have a smith fix a 300 dollar gun?

      The chamber and striker indicator are just personal preference. Realistically, it’ll be hard for those to fail. If the chamber indicator fails, gun will still work. The striker indicator is part of the striker, so if the indicator fails, you got bigger problems. Check out military arms channel review/torture test on the TP9SA, no problems with that extra hole for the sticker indicator.

  • Treyh007

    I’ve seen and heard nothing but good reviews about this handgun, I’m still not ready to compare it to a Glock. I think it has a lot more “proving” to do!

  • The FNS also has a very nice trigger.

  • Kurt Akemann

    Turkey has been making some great guns as of late. Now if the country could just get its young men to ditch the affinity some of them have for Radical Islamism…


    …yeah, about this Canik…

  • Leigh Rich

    I am really satisfied with my Canik SA. I like the decocker. It is amazing how they are pushing north of $350 now days.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Thank you for writing this article and sharing your assessment of the TP-9SF, Nathan — it is much appreciated! I have an original TP-9 and find nothing quirky about the trigger. Since the pistol is a DA/SA type with decocker, it is designed to have a longer, stiffer but predictable pull on the first shot once decocked ( DA ), after which it reverts to a light, crisp SA trigger pull with a very short reset. As Tim from MAC has pointed out, this is a very good feature for a combat pistol since one can have the additional safety of having the pistol fully decocked while still being able to fire immediately without manipulating the controls. The grip on the original TP-9, which is essentially a Walther P99 with improvements, suits my large hands just fine, but CANIK-55 saw fit to introduce a TP-9V2 that was basically the same pistol with a new grip that suits a wider variety of hand sizes, and with the current generation low-profile heel plate as seen in this article.

    I also have a TP-9SA, and have not had any issues whatsoever with accidentally decocking the pistol even in the roughest field conditions. There are a number of torture tests that have been done to try and “accidentally” decock the TP-9SA, and the results indicate that this is virtually impossible. I believe Tim at MAC performed one of these a while back and you can find the video on YouTube. Decocking this gun takes a deliberate move on the part of the user to intentionally operate the decocker, so I don’t see it as a cause for concern.

    To their credit, CANIK-55 and Century did listen to these “concerns”, even though they are generally unfounded, and ended up introducing the TP-9SF to satisfy demand. Incidentally, the white three-dot plus vertical alignment bar design for the sights came from the TP-9SA and TP-9V2, but the dovetail sizing and configurations have been changed to make them compatible with a wide variety of aftermarket sights. The original TP-9 is compatible only with aftermarket Walther P99 sights, while the TP-9SF and TP-9V2 can only use aftermarket CZ75 sights,

  • MrApple

    I came for a gun review and stayed for the geopolitical discussion on the ramifications of purchasing this pistol in regards to worldwide terrorism.

    That being said, GLOCK FOREVER!

  • BrokedownMarine

    How can you be “slightly taller” and “slightly shorter” and be the same handgun?

    • Doctor Jelly

      I think he meant shorter in length and taller in height.

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    I find people who use the “anti Semite” moniker every time they get butthurt when someone dares speak the truth about Israel’s involvement in destabilization of the ME to be thin skinned little boys.
    The JIDF pays people for comments like yours, You ought to ask them for your $2,000 stipend.

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      You’re late to the party, Cartmen. Since you are so thinned skin you got butthurt by my previous comment, two days ago, to someone not you, I’ll just call you a Neo-Nazi then.
      Get a clue, Rainbow Warrior.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Oh my! Gold (rust?) Colored shag carpet? ?

    Good review.

  • Doctor Jelly

    I’m not sure if I can call that a ‘match grade barrel’ with that accuracy… Personally I’m quite fond of of my low cost Witness P-S 4.5″ 9mm as it was about $85 less (than the Canik’s $350 MSRP, but looks like the TP9SF is running about $330 online), hits at 100yds near the same accuracy (minute of person) as the above target at 25yd (standing, as the shooter above), lower bore axis, fits pretty good in my medium hands (with sausage fingers), 17+1 (you can squeeze 18 in reliably, or throw on a +2 from MecGar for 19+1), yada yada. Better overall gun for less cost in my opinion.