Turkish $299 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.

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….

canik with accesories
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