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Canik TP9SA/TP9

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Flechette, Sep 6, 2016.

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  1. Flechette

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    I am looking for a cost effective gun for one of my buddies who is currently without a carry piece (friends don't let friends go unarmed) and came across the Canik pistols.

    The gun immediately strikes me as a Walther P99 clone, withe some differences.

    There are two different actions DA/SA and SA only. Not the same as the P99 AS and PPQ actions.

    Also, the Canik appears to have a second extractor! I cannot find an article that states this but from the pictures it sure looks like it.

    Is this true? What purpose would a second extractor serve? Could it actually make the gun less reliable since the rim of the case cannot pivot in line with both extractors (one or more extractor will see the rim twist while it is being ejected).

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  2. Good Ol' Boy

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    TP9 SA owner here. Great pistol for the money. WONDERFUL trigger on my SAO. I have no experience with DA/SA.

    Great ergonomics, feels great in the hand. Great capacity at 18+1, I bought an extended mag that gives 20+1. I actually like the factory Serpa style holster that comes with it. Two mags, a speed loader and cleaning brush/rod for $300-350 is a steal. Did I mention lifetime warranty?

    Folks who don't like the brand likely bought XD's or a Glock and are just butt sore. They always mention how you can't get parts for the Canik but I've yet to read any account of where anyone needed any.

    I've put 600+ rounds through mine with not a single issue and would (and do) trust my life with it. VERY nice pistol and a great value.
     
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  3. Jim Watson

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    The "second extractor" is a loaded chamber indicator.

    I know a guy who has three Caniks.
    But not a yaller one.
     
  4. Flechette

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    Thanks. I do not have any guns with a loaded chamber indicator like that. Mine have a dot on the extractor itself.

    After looking at pictures for the Canik I noticed that some do not have this indicator. Did they move to an extractor based indicator in later models?

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  5. Good Ol' Boy

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    It's an indicator for a round in the chamber, that's it. Mine has the feature. Has nothing to do with the extractor.

    Can't speak for other models.
     
  6. Kiln

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    The newer models all have bladed triggers and loaded chamber indicators. They are excellent guns with great triggers and equally impressive magazine capacities. I love them.
     
  7. tahunua001

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    former TP9 owner. I can't speak for the tp9SA but the tp9 sucked. I tried so hard to like that pistol. I bought it along with an arcus98DA because I intended to see if these cheap imports could be useful as self defense pieces for financially challenged enthusiasts. the TP9 felt amazing in my hand, but the trigger was horribly heavy and accuracy was non-existent. if a person is looking for a cheap $300-ish handgun to cut their teeth on, I heavily suggest the Ruger 9e handgun. I have rang steel at 200 yards a couple times with that bad boy and heavily recommend it for quality and fit/finish over the cheaper imports that century is bringing in.
     
  8. Kiln

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    The major complaint of the original TP9, the trigger, has been addressed dramatically by every model that has come since then. The triggers on their new guns are among the best out there, especially compared to many stock triggers.

    The SA trigger is amazing and definitely helps with accuracy.
     
  9. hemiram

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    My TP9v2 is a great gun. More accurate than I am, and 100% reliable so far.
     
  10. Old Guy

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    A miss mash of opinions? Like most opinion poles.

    It is a very good looking pistol, I like how the back strap puts your hand high, like the Glock, buying a gun from Turkey? Not much chance of that.
     
  11. whatever

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    I've got a tp9sf. Not too many rounds down the pipe yet but so far I really like the gun. It's the best striker fired trigger I've ever felt. It beat out a p320 and a Glock 19 in fun and accuracy for me.
     
  12. JTQ

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    A reasonable point. However, make sure you can find a holster for the gun before you proceed.

    Friends also don't let friends carry guns in "one size fits all" holsters.
     
  13. Kiln

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    Most negative opinions are either:

    1. I don't like Turkey.

    Or

    2. The trigger on the first gen TP9, which has been fixed and the older model discontinued, wasn't good.
     
  14. Chuck R.

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    A friend of mine has that pistol and in tan (TP9SA).

    He shot it in a 3 day pistol class we took this spring, little over 800 rds, without an issue. That included odd positions, shooting off the ground and upside-down. The trigger just got better. The only issue is the finish isn't holding up at all, after multiple presentations from a kydex holster it shows considerable wear.

    I went into the class with a newish HK P30L and he went into it with his Canik, both pistols performed well, but at the end his looked to be about 10 years older.

    IMHO, solid pistol, but get the black......

    Chuck
     
  15. wild cat mccane

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    Owned a PPQ, P99, TP9, TP9SA, and TP9SF. Many at the same time.

    I think they are alright. For 300, sure. But not better than a P99/PPQ.

    One cannot say the trigger is better on the Canik. Though better than most, the TP9SF trigger is not as smooth as the Walther.

    I also think the 150 increase or less to the Walther is easily worth it because of the finish. Walther gets the best metal treatment (their teffiner) and a hard black finish. Canik doesn't have any treatment and a clayless cerakote that does not take wear well. A Walther should never rust and will look better during that time.
     
  16. Good Ol' Boy

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    I love my Clinger holster. Very well made, very concealable, and reasonable price. If one prefers the bigger gaudier IWB holsters both CrossBreed as well as Alien Gear both make holsters for the TP9SA.



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  17. scythefwd

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    You can get custom moulded kydex holsters at every gunshow round here.. I'd expect that to be similar in most places, so finding a holster isn't too difficult. There is always the option to make your own..
     
  18. Gummi Bear

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    A buddy showed up at the hunting lease with one a little while back.

    I put about a hundred rounds through it, and really enjoyed it. When he told me what it costs, I was really surprised at how good it was for the money.


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  19. sigarms228

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    One can get an M&P Shield for about the same price. For about $100 more one can get the M&P 9C. On the Walther Forum a lot of members have been buying NIB Walther P99 AS for around $435 from a dealer on Gun Broker. IMO those are all great choices for cost effective CCW. To me getting a P99 AS for less than $100 more versus the Canik would be a no brainer. German made quality, fast parts availability, lots of holster options, and much more compact dimensions also for CCW.
     
  20. JTQ

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    Relative to the Canik, I agree 100%. Relative to Glock, M&P, Ruger, XD, HK, Beretta, SIG, etc., not so much.
     
  21. Fishbed77

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    Eventually all pistols will need replacement parts if you shoot them enough.

    My guess is your typical Canik owner doesn't shoot as much as some Glock owners who can run quite a bit of ammo through there guns in classes or competitions.
     
  22. ljnowell

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    There is no issue with getting parts for replacement when they are needed. Century has those parts and backs the warranty.

    They will not, however, sell you three recoil assemblies and a striker spring. That's simply not how it works with this handgun. They don't manufacture it, they only import it. They can warranty parts but not sell them.

    There is no shortage of parts if someone needs them.
     
  23. Kiln

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    Exactly. Fact is that these guns have been shot a lot by a lot of people. The testing done on them has been pretty intensive as well and I've read about almost no problems with them in general, none of which were refused to be repaired under warranty.

    The only complaint I have is that the Cerakote finish isn't amazingly durable, although it is far from the worst I have seen.
     
  24. tahunua001

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    oh, another issue I had, like an idiot I went and lost the allen wrench that shipped with the gun and when I tried switching out to another sight post I was unable to find an allen wrench that fit the front sight set screw. I even went so far as to take it to a company that specializes in custom tools, they weren't even able to match a allen wrench, apparently the size listed in the owners manual is a gross approximation.
     
  25. stchman

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    I have both the TP9SA and the TP9v2, they are both great guns.
     
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