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Canik TP9SA: Turkish 9mm Polymer Strike Fired Import

By Todd Burgreen

Century International Arms is well known for their manufacturing and import efforts related to firearms. These efforts give the US consumer opportunities to own weapons that would not be normally available via domestic manufacturers or other importers. The latest offering to attract attention is a handgun designed and manufactured in Turkey by Canik 55. Canik 55 is a division of Samsun Yurt Savunma, one of Turkey’s biggest defense contractors. The specific model designation of the handgun evaluated is the TP9SA. It is chambered in 9MM. (A .40S&W chambered variant is available as well.) The TP9SA is a polymer framed striker fired handgun that distinctly resembles the Walther P99. While certainly similar in appearance, the TP9SA is not a pure clone with different frame/slide and barrel dimensions. It is seriously doubtful that parts will interchange.

The TP9SA evolved from a previous Canik model, the TP9, which is a true DA/SA striker fired handgun with a decocker button on top of the slide; more on this later. The TP-series of pistols are the first standard issue polymer frame pistol of the Turkish Police Force. During weapon trials the TP9 handguns underwent 50,000 round endurance testing multiple times without having to change out any damaged or failed components to keep them functioning as intended.

The Canik TP9SA has a reinforced polymer frame and steel slide with a significant design emphasis on ergonomics for ease of function. The slide is covered with ceramic coating for durability. A serrated rib along the top of the slide helps diffuse sunlight off the top of the slide keeping sight picture crisp. Stippling and raised grooves adorn both the front strap and the forward face of the squared-off trigger guard. Material has been relieved where the trigger guard connects to the grip allowing for the shooter’s hand sit as high as possible on the TP9SA. This allows the Canik TP9SA to sit low in the user’s hand. This assists in limiting muzzle flip during recoil. The frame features an extended beavertail to help prevent slide bite as...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N3 (April 2017)
and was posted online on February 17, 2017

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