Canik 55 TP-9 > Review
Hi, Brothers,INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Canik, or "Yurt Savunma" is probably most qualified handgun manufacturers of Türkiye. Best materials available
and highest possible workmanship are used in the production concerning mostly on CZ 75 clones. As a measure
for quality policy, the "Slide Stop" of CZ 75 Clones have still been made as machining out from a forged solid steel
block that only could be encountered on first generation of SIG 210 for a time.
Though CZ75 is rather complicated, its performance within decades is on top in of all "Steel Framed" pistols, and
Canik succeded holding a good name as manufacturing such a "Hard to make" design within the years from start
to nowadays. Most probably, by encouraging with this experiment, another over complicated pistol design is put
into the production line as being, TP9.
TP9, with exception of some outside changes, is a direct copy of Walther P99, and it would be useful to know some
about this pistol for fully understanding TP9.
Walther Company was settled by Carl Walther of Germany, and gave numerous successfull pistol designs especially
by brain effort of Carl's Son, Fritz Walther, beginning with Model 1 and continueing to 9 and fameous PP/PPK and as
ending with P38 Pistols in which a separate locking block was used within a barrel embraced by slide, differing other
lock systems of same category containing a locking block working through the breechbolt embraced by a barrel
extention, like Mauser C96 and Bergman/Schmeisser 1910.
With some model changes, Walther P38 was the last brainchild of Walther Family and after some financial troubles,
Company was sold to another German Firm, "Umarex" working on fireworks.
Umarex was very innovative company, but gave no importance to Walther's traditional tendency of using a certain
difference than others in creating things with assets coming from its own, and on "WonderNine" days, did'nt hesitate
to accept Browning's Tilted Barrel Lock for the pistol designed to get benefit of this ascending trend. This pistol was
P88, made again in, traditional Walther Complexity, and was not a success at all, especiallly for high price.
By the presence of Glock, Walther /Umarex sensed another chance to get a success on new trend of plastic framed
pistols and with brain effort of Peter Dallhammer and Horst Wesp, created another school as a response to Glock as
resulted with launching P99 Pistol at near end of last century.
As usual, Walther Staffs Dalhammer and Wesp had exaggerated and overdesigned the pistol in ruling just Walther
Fashion, and new plastic framed P99, was nearly the most complicated striker firing pistols ever produced.
If Glock could be classified within "Service" pistols, P99 was a pistol for "Secret Service", and if Glock was "Foolproof",
P99 was simply "Fooling". In contrast for Glock's simple using for nearly every service personnel, P99 needed a full
education to use.
Glock had only one lenght of trigger pull for a precocked striker release and Walther had three, as one for single
action, one for double action and another one for single action with a double action trigger travel but in two different
According to Dallhammer and Wesp, one of Glock defect should be the lack of repeated strike capability on an unfired
primer, therefore they made P99 a real double action, but double acting trigger was unaccurate to shot, and they
made P99 combined with single action, but single action trigger might get an accidental pull if so carried, thus
they made the single action trigger pull lengtenable to double aciton pull distance, but the user might not want to
carry the pistol in risky single action mode, therefore they made a decocker over the pistol.
Tha way, Dallhammer and Wesp chosed to achieve these tasks were also interesting. The pistol was striker fired
and the striker was of floating type, that was rebounding after impact by aid of a rebound spring, instead of a
simple leg or lug downward to get trigger contact, P99 Striker had a three pointed leg formed as the front tip to get
trigger bar contact for double action pull, the rear tip for setting the single action mechanism and at a side tip at
right to arrest the trigger bar in single action mode. there was another trigger bar bend to release the set single
action mechanism and this action were consisted of a striker holder instead of common sear and another support
to arrest this holder in cocked mode with striker. The striker holder support had an upright post to get contact
with slide mounted decocker and all parts were mounted within a plastic housing located at rear of handle receiver
with a stretch type spring pulling the trigger bar forward. Double acting cam were a pin mounted in right front of
this plastic housing. In parts diagram all these parts were marked by a single code.
Glock had to be trigger pulled to start field stripping, and Dalhammer and Wesp gave this task to decocker and
another special design working with dismount latch and trigger bar with a fixed camming pin. Dismount lock was a
bolt mounted in front of bottom of Barrel Locking underlug, an "U" shaped plastic cover forked at both sides of this
bolt through a transversal pin. When bottom of "U" shaped dismount latch lowered, a tip at its rear would find
a recess for trigger to go forward and thus the fixed camming pin would take the whole trigger bar downward taking
the obstruction for striker leg away, to go forward and permitting an easy field strip without trigger pull.
As compared with simplicity of Glock, P99 was realy a mechanical alarm clock. The pistol approach was hard to
understand for common users, but once used to, some began to love it. But amount of "Some" was not a success
and after a few years, designer Dallhammer created two plus models from the existing P99 as named "DAO"and "QA".
and standart model renamed as "AS". "DAO" type had only a triger bar and striker for straight double acting, "QA"
standing for "Quick Action" for a precocker striker action like Glock and a special rocker level was added for this task
into the plastic housing, and "AS" for "Anti Stress" for a different comment for standart pistol to supply the long
trigger reach for single action somewhat anti stressed use, or should it be added for "Add Stress" meaning.
The pistol was still confusing and over designed and at last years, two new model as "PPQ" and "P99Q", added both
being rather simplified and free from rather frilled features, as "PPQ" for a single action only mechanism without
cocked indicator and "P99Q", standart pistol with only one trigger pull distance. All P99 Pistols are still expensive at
All over The World.CANIK TP 9
Canik TP9 is a clone of complicated first generation P99 Pistols with some changes tried to avoid patent infringements
in countries like The USA if sold there. These are;
- Simplified Dismount Latch without underbelt rising a question about if a trigger pull being necessary for field
- Push Button type one side Magazine Latch,
- Decocker on both sides with actually working on solely at left side in accordance with internal lay out.
If summed up, working of TP9 is as follows;
After loading the chamber, pistol remains on single action mode and on firing, repeated shots are on this mode again
with a short trigger pull and light trigger weight.
If pistol fails to ignite the primer on single action shot, trigger goes to double acting mode, and anoher strike can be
made with a long and heavy trigger pull.
If user feels uncomfortable to carry the pistol on single action status, there is a twin headed decocker over the
slide to release the striker to full double action mode without danger.
DOUBLE ACTION TRIGGER POSITION
SINGLE ACTION TRIGGER POSITION
If user prefers to carry the pistol in single action status and thinks this mode would be risky via short trigger pull,
he can get the trigger in most forward position by simply drawing the slide a few centimeters back. In this mode,
the side point on striker leg frees the trigger bar forward and pistol remains with striker on full cocked with trigger on
forward mode. İf user prefers firing the pistol, he gets a slight weight pull up to single action release and rather heavy
relase weight on continiueing the pull. Over all pull is again lighter than double action pull.
The field stripping should start with decocking and some little trigger pull may need to away the striker leg in front of
trigger bar. This last motion is not needed on P99 Walthers.
There is a passive striker safety on path of striker and its works if a separation of slide and handle receiver occurs.
In contrast of common belief, passive striker safeties are not for muzzle front falls on Glock type pistols. Because
the trigger bar contact will be on the front of striker underleg all the time and prevent its fore movement if a muzzle
front drop happens.
The striker holder support mentioned on P99 descibe, is the "Drop Safety" of pistol and in case of a fall or outsside
impact, it prevents to move the striker holder movement through the release direction.
Persons feeling themselves warm with P99 Action, might be supposed luçky as to purchase a Canik TP9 for a
price being nearly in fragments of price of the real piece and fınd high quality to be expected from this company.
However, time is the best tester and what important within the "Wait and See" process is the place to be chosen
if on "To see" or "Being seen" sides.
Best regards.[All images in this review were contributed by member "Polyglot80"]RANGE UPDATE
Range performance of Canik TP9, shot by Khurrum2004 Score Card
10 x 2 = 20
9 x 6 = 54
8 x 4 = 32
7 x 10 = 70
6 x 5 = 30
5 x 5 = 25TOTAL = 231/320MY views:
Fire Type: Deliberate by using 9mm Chinese RED BOX Ammunition...
Range Distance : 12 to 15 Mtr
1) Fire the pistol with both handed
2) Accurate pistol ( clearly much more accurate than me )
3) Very Low Recoil (As this was my first experience with GUN i did't feel any excessive recoii ) As per range incharge the feel was very low recoil.
4) The whole session went without any stoppages.MOD EDIT: Above range performance has been taken from Khurrum2004's Range Report on Canik TP9 and has been posted here to make this review more comprehensive. Thanks to Polyglot80, strongarm and Khurrum2004 for making this review more comprehensive. UPDATED ON 05/12/2012:CANİK 55 TP9 > Review & Range Report by SA
During the last three years we've had an influx of Turkish pistols in our market and after having reviewed and performed range testing on various offerings by Tisas, Girsan, Sarsilmaz and Canik 55, I was waiting to review Canik 55's TP 9.This Sunday at the range, one of TGF's member - Khurram2004 came up to me and asked me whether I would like to review his Canik 55 TP9. In response, I had a smile on my face which can only be compared with the look on a 3 year old's face when someone offers him a new toy
Canik 55 is a division of Samsun Yurt Savunma
, one of Turkey’s biggest defense contractors. The TP9, is their version (a copy) of the Walther P99. While the P99 might have been the inspiration, the magazine release of the TP9 is comparatively better. Both P99 and TP9 are a bit too futuristic / modern looking for my taste, however, I'm sure there'll be many you dig this look.
The TP9 is a polymer-framed 9mm pistol with a 17+1 capacity. This is a full-size gun with a 4-inch barrel. The action type of the TP9 is a bit unusual. It is a striker-fired gun, but it works a bit like a DA/SA pistol with an exposed hammer. When you first load the pistol and drop the slide, you have the option of leaving it as is. The trigger will stay all the way forward if you don’t touch it, but a light tug on it will reveal no pull weight for the first two-thirds of its travel length, then it will click into place. Pull the trigger then and the result will be a crisp 5-pound trigger pull.
You can press the decocker at the top rear of the slide. When decocked, the trigger stays forward and you will get a long, traditional DA pull of about 10 pounds.
The De-cocker on top of the slide:
The rear of the striker is painted red, and if you can see it through the hole in the back of the slide, you’ll know it is cocked. The pistol has no external safety.
The polymer frame of the TP9 accommodates interchangeable backstraps, and two sizes–small and large–were provided with the pistol. I have medium-small hands, and the large backstrap put too much bulk on the pistol for my taste, but those of you with larger hands will probably like it a lot.
The TP9 comes with two 17-round magazines with polymer basepads. The magazines are made by Mec-Gar, known worldwide for its quality. Mec-Gar is the OEM magazine supplier for a number of well-known pistols, including the S&W M&P, Ruger SR9, and single-stack Para USA 1911 magazines.
The Walther P99 has an ambidextrous lever-type magazine release that runs along the bottom of the trigger guard. The Canik 55 TP9 has a traditional magazine release on the frame behind the rear of the trigger guard. The mag release button is square, metal and aggressively checkered.
The frame has subdued finger grooves on the front, with horizontal serrations to improve gripping on the front and back. The sides of the grip are textured as well. This is a full-size pistol weighing 23 ounces with a grip that fills the hand, chambered in 9mm–aggressive checkering is not needed, as felt recoil isn’t bad at all.
Sights are a 3-dot variety filled with luminous green paint which glow in bright light and in the dark for a while. The rear sight is adjustable for windage. Both front and rear sights are polymer, and in my opinion, meet the bare minimum requirement, but the pistol shot slightly left of point of aim. Overall Quality and Finishing:
Overall quality and finishing was average. There were tooling marks visible. The slide to frame fitting was also average.
So how did the TP9 do? I put 40 rounds through the TP9 and experienced one malfunction (Failure to feed) with Chinese 311 ammo. Accuracy was pretty average for this size/type of gun.