New Handgun: Canik TP9SF Elite Compact |SHOT 2017


Century Arms officially announced the introduction of the Canik TP9SF Elite Compact pistol to the US market. This new handgun is similar to the original Turkish pistol, but in smaller package that may be more suitable for concealed carry.

For a size comparison, the new gun is the same length as a Glock 19 Gen4, though taller by more than a 1/4″ and nearly 5 ounces heavier. Glock lists the 19 as having a width of 1.18″ while Canik states the TP9SF Elite has a width of almost 1.5″. I’m not sure that these guns are measuring width in the same location, which makes it tough for consumers to compare the two.


The Canik TP9SF Elite is chambered in 9mm and holds 15 rounds in a magazine. On top, the company opted for a set of Warrn Tactical sights with a red fiber optic front. The slide release is ambidextrous.

Two versions of the gun will be offered: the Elite and Elite-S. The -S model is the same as the plain Elite with the single addition of a trigger safety the company refers to as a “trigger stop”. According to the company, this device offers “…added security when the trigger may not be fully covered.”

The MSRP on the Elite and Elite-S is $459.99.

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  • Twilight sparkle

    I actually kinda like these handguns for what they normally retail around. Getting rid of that decocker was the best decision they could make

  • Black Arch Holsters

    According to my calipers, the slide width on the TP9-SF Elite Compact is 1.1″, the frame width is 1.13″, and the widest point, the slide release, is 1.46″.

    On the Glock 19, the slide measures in at 1″ even, the frame at 1.15″, and the slide release, again, the widest point of the gun, 1.26″

    The reason the Canik slide release is so much wider is because it’s ambidextrous, like on the PPQ.

    • mig1nc

      Is that the same width down to the butt of the grip?

      • Black Arch Holsters

        Looks like it, yes, I’m measuring 1.16″ on the butt of the grip

        • Jayste

          Thanks for going the extra mile & giving us this info

    • JohnnyBoyCali

      Thanks for the information. They should hire you to write these articles instead, since the author is too lazy to do any real research. It sounds like he just read a press release and wrote an article in a few minutes.

  • imtoomuch

    Isn’t this gun already on the market and in the hands of people?

    • Black Arch Holsters

      Ya, I’ve had one for about a month now

      • Bradley

        What do you think of it. I’ve been thinking of buying one of the standard for a long time, but had no need for another full size 9mm. I’ve considered a cz p07 to go with my p09 for carry, but with the price and reputation of these I may get one.

        • Black Arch Holsters

          It’s pretty good actually. The ergos are good, the trigger is great, and I haven’t seen any issues with the fit and finish. The one downside I see is that it seems a little bit big. After holding it, then picking up a PPQ or a Glock 19, it just kind of feels bulky, although in reality, it’s not much bigger than either of them. In fact, with the exception of the slide release, it’s actually just a hair narrower than the PPQ and Glock 19.

  • Wingbert

    Ooh. red trigger safety