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TP9 SFx: Continuing Evolution of Century Arms Striker-Fired Import

By Todd Burgreen

Century Arms is well known for its efforts in manufacturing and importing firearms. These efforts give the U.S. consumer opportunities to own weapons that would not normally be available via domestic manufacturers or other importers. One of the more successful and well-received offerings is the Canik lineup of handguns. The Canik is 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 TP9 SFx. It is chambered in 9mm.

The TP9 SFx has evolved from previous Canik models. This is a credit to the success of the design. Many imports are “one and done” affairs. The Canik TP9 lineup has thrived. This is a testament to its overall quality. The first standard-issue polymer frame pistols of the Turkish Police Force hailed from the TP series. 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 TP9 series comprises polymer-framed, striker-fired handguns. The initial TP9 offerings distinctly resembled the Walther P99. While certainly similar in appearance, the TP9 is not a pure clone. It has different frame/slide and barrel dimensions. It is seriously doubtful that parts will interchange.

The Canik TP9 SFx has a reinforced polymer frame and steel slide with a significant design emphasis on ergonomics for ease of function. The slide is covered with a ceramic coating for durability. Serrations along the top of the slide help to diffuse sunlight reflection off the metal, keeping the 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 the shooter’s hand to sit as high as possible. This allows the Canik SFx 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...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N10 (December 2017)
and was posted online on October 20, 2017

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