Turkish handgun bargain: The Canik 55 TP-9
With all the looks of a German Bond gun, a cute little dolphin hanging out on the grip, and an 18-round capacity, the Canik 55 TP-9 is set to shake things up. You may not have heard of it. You may not have shot one. But don't worry, because that's probably going to change.
The Canik 55 TP-9 is double-action/single-action (DA/SA) 9x19mm Luger caliber pistol with a polymer lower frame and a steel slide and barrel. Made in Turkey by NATO defense contractor Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) in an ISO 9000 certified factory, these guns bear a strong resemblance (both inside and out) to the Walther P99/SW 99.
(The Walther P99-- notice the similarity?)
This means that the gun will fit P99 holsters pretty well but, unlike the Walther P22 and P99, it has a simple push button magazine release rather than the funkier trigger guard-style releases seen on those German guns.
Speaking of mags, these guns use 17-round flush fit double stack magazines that drop free, made in Italy by Mec-Gar (the same company that makes SIG Sauer's and a lot of Smith and Wesson's mags).
(The Canik 55 TP-9 is being imported in a number of variants with different finishes.)
The gun's trigger is interesting in that it allows three different modes of fire, which is something you don't see in a striker fired pistol. Its ergonomics are modern including an ambidextrous decocker/magazine release, loaded chamber indicator, and interchangeable back straps on the grip to allow customization.
- 4" Chrome-Lined Cold Forged Barrel (made by MKEK)
- 7.25" Overall Length
- Weighs 1.65 lbs.
- Polymer Frame
- Decocking Lever
- Interchangeable Backstraps
- Adjustable rear sights
- Ambidextrous Magazine Catch
- Ambidextrous Top-slide-Mounted Decocker for Super-safe Carry
- Loaded Status Indicator
- Click Adjustable 3-Dot Sighting System
- Picatinny Rail in Mil. Std.
- Low Trigger Pull Weight
- All Components are Chrome Plated
These guns typically ship with two mags, a polymer SERPA type holster that you'll probably never use, cleaning rod, and brush.
Do they work?
Well popular opinion is, yes.
I have not personally owned one but have had a couple pass through my hands on ranges in the past year or so. They feel a little..blocky to me, but shoot great. The size mimics a Glock 19 or stretched Walther P22 (which in itself is but a scaled down version of the P99, which the TP-9 seems to be cloned from). It points well and balances, coming in at just over a pound and half unloaded. I have never experienced a FTF or FTE from one of these guns, but again, I have only about 300 rounds or so across several examples.
(SYS is pitching the gun to the Turkish military and police,who are taking the 9mm very seriously)
However, others have done much more shooting through them with similar results.
OK Gun lover has been blasting rounds through his for months and just loves the thing.
The best part of these guns is that you can find them all over the place for right at about $300.
And who can resist that?