Tristar (Canik) C100 750 Round Impressions.


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Kiln
April 28, 2013, 05:09 AM
Well guys I bought the Tristar C100 several months back and now have 750 rounds through it. My initial impressions are very positive.

The only thing I wish I knew was the long term durability, 750 rounds is good but I'd like to know how it'd perform at 5,000 rounds. Anyways I'm going to compare the Canik to the CZ75B because I shot them both side by side and have shot the CZ75B extensively previously.

Canik C100 vs CZ75B:

1. Trigger. The trigger is better on the Canik. Sad but true but a $350 gun has an awesome trigger even compared to my well broken in $500 CZ75B.

2. Weight. The weight is much lower on the Canik. I could easily carry this medium sized pistol all day long. Not sure about the CZ75 compact, I only have the full sized CZ75B so this review is somewhat skewed and I'll admit that.

3. Recoil. The recoil is a little more noticable on the C100 but that is probably due to the smaller size and lower weight.

4. Accuracy. Goes to the CZ75B. Despite having a slightly worse trigger, it still pulls off better accuracy. I'm guessing it is because of the longer barrel and larger pistol overall but I can't say for sure. The difference is small enough that if you're looking for a CCW then I'd go with the Canik.

5. Durability. I have no idea. My CZ75B has thousands of rounds through it so far but the Canik C100 has only had 750 because of the ammo drought. I believe that I read somewhere that the alloy used in the frame of the Canik has been revised to enhance durability, which indicates that it may have a somewhat short lifespan previously. So far so good. The gun looks brand new after 750 rounds inside and out.

6. Build quality. The CZ75B is beautiful in a "I don't care what I look like because I work great" kind of way. Inside there are lots of obvious machine marks that look bad. Exterior finish is fine. The Canik C100 looks fine on the outside but is nothing special, my pistol has a small ding in the left side that I'm guessing is from handling because I bought the floor model since they didn't have any left in the back. The inside is much better than the CZ75B. There are no visible machine marks, this thing looks amazing inside.

7. Reliability. Both have been perfect. No advantage either way. The design is sound and reliable. They're both great choices.

8. Capacity. The CZ75B comes with a 16+1 capacity. The Canik comes with a 13+1 capacity. Slight advantage to the CZ75B. Canik mags are Mecgar, not sure on the CZ75B mags because I haven't looked at them lately.

In conclusion, both are amazing but suited to different tasks. The CZ75B is larger and absorbs recoil better. For home defense it has a slight advantage because of the lower recoil and larger frame, but the advantage is small. For range use it is the clear winner in accuracy although the difference isn't too spectacular, it is noticeable.

For concealed carry, the Canik is both lighter and smaller. It also has a serrated trigger and the front of the grip has been serrated as well, which I like. The reliable performance makes it something you should consider for this purpose. The aluminum frame is honestly lighter than some of my polymer framed guns.

Buy both if you can afford it, if not then pick the one better suited to your needs.

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Pilot
April 28, 2013, 10:34 AM
The better comparison would be to use the CZ-75D PCR. Mine has a better stock trigger than my 75B, has a lightweight alloy frame and is compact. I think that's what the Turks are copying with this pistol, not the full size, all steel 75B.

Nice write up though. Thanks.

CZ PCR

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/jay1313g/pcr1.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/jay1313g/media/pcr1.jpg.html)

tekarra
April 28, 2013, 07:46 PM
I wrote a comparison between the cZ 75 Compact and the C100 on the cZ forum. Both are excellent pistols with the weight advantage going to the C100. The pistols are similar, but the C100 is not a clone.

Kiln
April 28, 2013, 08:25 PM
I wrote a comparison between the cZ 75 Compact and the C100 on the cZ forum. Both are excellent pistols with the weight advantage going to the C100. The pistols are similar, but the C100 is not a clone.
I read that the C100 is closer to the Tanfoglio pisols than the CZ75. I don't know, the C100 seems pretty similar to the CZ75 internally. Either way I don't care as long as it keeps working.

italianbreadman
July 28, 2013, 10:15 AM
I wrote a comparison between the cZ 75 Compact and the C100 on the cZ forum. Both are excellent pistols with the weight advantage going to the C100. The pistols are similar, but the C100 is not a clone.

I'd be interested in reading that. Do you have a link?

Kiln
March 10, 2014, 03:41 PM
I shot this thing a bit more yesterday, another 100 rounds or so, still doing great. Curious about the approximate lifespan of these guns I emailed Tristar directly asking them. Here's what I got back:

"Thank you for supporting TriStar!

We love our pistols too. They are being made by a military grade factory and built under NATO spec. This means that the frame of the pistol must endure a 50,000 round endurance test in order to pass NATO inspection. Also, all parts must be chrome-lined and/or chrome plated to be under NATO spec. NATO spec is the highest grade quality of any pistol. So with that being said, the life expectancy for our pistols with proper care should be sufficient enough for a lifetime."

Wildbillz
March 10, 2014, 08:09 PM
Have you been able to find spare mags for it? I was looking at one to keep in the truck and think I may pickup one of the smaller ones. Saw them in 9mm and 40S&W.

WB

Kiln
March 12, 2014, 05:38 AM
Mec Gar makes them and Tristar will sell you mags directly as well if you call them. My CZ75 mags lock into the full size model I own and I read that other CZ mags work in the compacts but can't verify.

Fremmer
March 12, 2014, 04:20 PM
Good review, the Turk guns may be a viable alternative to those on a low budget. Thanks!

tekarra
March 12, 2014, 04:43 PM
I have used magazines from my cZ75 Compact as well as Mec-Gar magazines in my C100.

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