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Old 02-19-2017, 10:58 PM   #1
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Saw a used (but looked almost new and hardly shot) Canik TP9V2 in a shop while I was on my way to an indoor range. Priced just under $300. I have had pretty good luck with my TP9SA but folks on the Internet seem to freak out about the decocker on the SA because accidentally activating the decocker can leave you with a dead trigger unless the slide is cycled. Well the TP9V2 is a true DA/SA striker fired pistol. You can load it, chamber a round and decock it, then have a double action pull for the first shot with single action pulls for subsequent shots. This is basically a take-off of the Walther P99.

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Since I was on my way to the range with my TP9SA and CZ75B Omega, I cleared my background check and took the newly aquired TP9V2 along as well. I took about 500 rounds of mixed ammo with me and decided to focus more attention in the two Caniks to compare them, but did put a couple of mags through the CZ. I didn't take box ends from S&B and IMI loads that I brought.

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No cleaning or lubing of the pistol before using it, but it ran 100%.

Picked up a New/used Canik TP9V2 - Semi-Auto Handguns

Picked up a New/used Canik TP9V2 - Semi-Auto Handguns

Picked up a New/used Canik TP9V2 - Semi-Auto Handguns

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The double action pull of the V2 takes some getting used to. It steadily stacks and stacks weight until the break. The single action pull is very nice. Light with short travel before hitting the wall, and then a crips let-off. The reset is short, audible and tactile.

Accuracy potential seems on par with the SA but I have more trigger time with the SA. Also, the SA having a single action only trigger, it has the advantage of having the same trigger pull each time. The V2 offers second strike capability and the long, heavy first shot capability that many wang in a carry gun.

I've read of a few tricks to improve the trigger pull. changing to Glock Striker springs and trigger return springs, as well as some places that benefit from polishing. I may play around with it a bit. I don't know the previous round count, but I now have just over 250 trouble free rounds through it. The TP9SA is just under 2K of a very mixed diet.

In both pistols I have less invested than in some individual pistols I own. Canik is introducing new models with Warren Tactical sights. They are also discontinuing the V2 and replacing it with an updated version that has the Warren Tactical sights, a different trigger and single side decocker instead of the ambidextrous one on the V2. They are also starting to offer some replacement parts like recoil springs.

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Nice review! Thanks!
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Yep, and a darn good deal on it also. Congrats on a fine pistol.
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Love my TP9V2. The trigger on the V2 is outstanding with just a very small bit of work and you really only need one spring and a tiny bit of polishing if you want to greatly improve the DA pull. I usually stage mine to the SA and carry it that way even though the DA is no problem at all after the polish and spring tune up. I also recently added fiber optic front and rear sights to it but will likely ditch those for TFOs at some point.

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My new Canik purchase for the weekend - TP9SF Elite:
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I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet but it balances very well. The barrel and slide are slightly longer than those on V2 but the grip is about 1/2" shorter. For all practical purposes, it is just about the same dimensions as my Glock 23 but with a more comfortable grip and grip angle.
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My V2 is an early model that has the pinned front sight instead of the dovetailed sight. So, finding replacement sights will put me into CZ sights of some sort.

I'm pretty sure this thing had very few rounds through it because I can already tell a difference in the trigger just from "wear-polishing" the trigger parts. I've only put a little over 200 rounds through it. My SA has 2k rounds through it and the trigger is very nice.
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V2s have a CZ front sight cut but they are longer with a vertical pin from top of sight base through the slide instead of the older CZ cross pin design. The front is basically like a stretched CZ75 sight at the base but with the pin from a P09 or P07. You have to shave the original sight to fill in the gap in the dovetail or use a longer fiber optic or TFO front sight to cover it. Fortunately, they changed out to an M&P type cross dovetail for the front and a Glock dovetail on the rear with the TP9SF series.
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V2s have a CZ front sight cut but they are longer with a vertical pin from top of sight base through the slide instead of the older CZ cross pin design. The front is basically like a stretched CZ75 sight at the base but with the pin from a P09 or P07. You have to shave the original sight to fill in the gap in the dovetail or use a longer fiber optic or TFO front sight to cover it. Fortunately, they changed out to an M&P type cross dovetail for the front and a Glock dovetail on the rear with the TP9SF series.
Yep. I was actually thinking of trying a P07/P09 front sight and see about drilling and taping the slide to fit the CZ retaining screw.
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I looked up the P07/P09 front sights before replacing the one on my V2 and IIRC there was something about the base that made it a no-go.

I'm glad they finally went with more typical sight cuts starting with the SF. Trying to figure out some type of sight upgrade for the earlier models was pretty much the only drawback to them.

If you want to try a different striker spring, skip 6.0 and lighter - you will get light strikes. 5.5lbs striker springs will get quite a few light hits on just about any typical 9mm practice ammo and you can quadruple the number for any milsurp ammo with harder primers.

The Glock 31 Newton striker spring is still a bit lighter (probably -2lbs) than the factory V2 spring and I haven't had any light hits with it yet. It is as low as I would consider if you plan to use the V2 as a self defense pistol.
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Yeah, I'm glad they went with dovetailed sights as well. But unfortunately for me I don't own any of the more recent production ones. Both of my Caniks were made in 2015 according to the labels in their boxes. So I'm trying to find viable workarounds for the sights. The downside of Canik making the changes, is that as they do catch on and gain some popularity, there will be little motivation for the aftermarket to make sights for the early generation guns.
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