Napkin notes on the Canik TP9SF Elite

Well, I’m eating a little crow on this one so far.  When Canik’s were first released I thought they would not hold up due to their low price point, or that they would be equivalent to the other ~$300 pistols.

Results of the Bill drill

The Canik TP9SF Elite has been a pleasant surprise.  Equipped with Warren Tactical sights with a red fiber optic front and blacked out rear, along with an excellent trigger, it was extremely easy to shoot both fast and accurately.

The trigger is the feature that most people rave about on Canik’s, and with good reason.  This particular model has a take up that’s about average, a crisp wall, and clean break, finished by a positive reset.  No, it’s not a tuned 1911, but for a striker fired pistol it’s very good.  I see no need for any changes, although I’m definitely not a trigger snob, so take that for what it’s worth.

Recoil wasn’t anything unusual, and it was easy to achieve .19-.20 split times while keeping A zone hits at 7 yards.  Not world class, but the weak link in this chain is me, not the pistol. 🙂  The bright red fiber front sight made tracking easy, which I couldn’t do with the Walther’s 3 dot sights.

Is there any point to measuring accuracy unless you’re using a Ransom rest?  Probably not, but I was able to achieve an oval shaped ragged hole at 5 yards with 10 rounds.  The limitation here is my eyesight, as I can punch a smaller hole with my RMR equipped Glock.  Still, I felt that it was a respectable showing.  Once again, the weak link was not the pistol.  Shown here are the Canik TP9SF Elite 0n the left and the Walther PPQ beside it, under their respective groups.  The reason for the slightly different group sizes are the sights, not the triggers.  My aging eyes had an easier time with the fiber front/blacked out rear of the TP9.  3 dot sights really shouldn’t be a thing anymore.

Accuracy compared

The grip was where I was left a little disappointed.  It tapers at the bottom rear, and doesn’t quite fill my hand the way I like.  This is the one area where the Walther beats the Canik, as the Walther flares at the bottom of the grip, allowing my pinky to get a solid purchase.  The TP9SF Elite does come with another back strap which is slightly larger, but it has the same taper.  If I was committed to carrying it, I’d probably build it up with epoxy.  The grip is also very slightly too short for my hand, leaving me wishing for another 1/2″.  When shooting it wasn’t noticeable, although it may have contributed to the very slightly slower split times when compared to the control group.  I suspect it would be a non issue for someone with slightly smaller hands.

Conceal-ability is excellent, as it’s basically a G19 in size.

Reliability was 100%, although I only shoot 100 rounds for these “napkin notes” and save a full review for 500 rounds.  I shot a mix of cheap brass and a few steel cased rounds were mixed in.  (Up to 150 rounds on this particular test.)

This short session left me really excited to run it through the rest of my drills.  As soon as I have the holster molds finished up, I’ll start wearing it so I can literally run and gun with it.  Stay tuned!  Holsters available here.

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