If you’re a handgun hound, chances are you’ve set eyes on a whole line of imported European 9mm cop guns over the years. You know the ones, the Walther p1, SIG P6, HK P7 etcetera. But what you may not pay much mind to is that all of these guns get their ‘P’ designation from being adopted by the West German police back in the bad old days and, for students of history, that’s more than enough to raise an eyebrow at.
What is the ‘P’ designation about?
At the end of World War 2, Germany was divided into two separate countries. The US and her allies occupied the Western two thirds of the country, which became the Federal Republic of Germany, commonly referred to as West Germany. The Soviets occupied the easternmost portion of the land, and formed the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany.
In 1950, the new Republic of Germany needed guns for their police forces and went about setting a standard for these guns to be acceptable for service. As such, each of the guns that passed the testing was classified with a P-designation.
Because of these standards these pistols, stretching from the Walther P-1 to the HK P-10, have shared a number of common attributes…
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The Swedes, not wanting to buy western and piss off the Soviets, and not wanting to buy Russian and piss off the West, have always built their own combat jets. This has led to an interesting series of planes that arguably can hold their own against either NATO or Warsaw Pact designs from their respective eras. Plus the Swedes always designed their planes with ease of field maintenance and the ability to take off from short emergency runways in mind– which a lot of NATO and Soviet designs just aren’t/cant.
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When you think Marlin, most people have a .22 rifle or lever-action cowboy gun spring to mind. Then of course the company also (briefly) made shotguns and revolvers as well as bolt action centerfires. Wait, what was that last part again? Oh you mean you never heard of the Model 322? Well, pull up a chair.
In the far away land of Finland lies the Sako arms works. This fine company cut their teeth making the best Mosin-Nagant pattern rifles you have ever seen and later moved on the hunting rifles. Their actions are world famous for custom rifle makers. One of their early ones was the L-46 miniature Mauser receiver action.
Sako sold these actions both to large and small gun makers around the world in the 1950s and 60s, which led to some big players like Sears (who sold guns under their JC Higgins brand) and Colt to marry up these actions to US-made barrels and stocks to make a complete gun. This is the same thing that Marlin did. The Marlin Model 322 used the Finnish Sako L46 action with a domestic stock and barrel. Some refer to it as a Sako Riihimaki rifle due to the markings on the receiver, but the gun is all Marlin.
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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.
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 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….
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