Canik TP9 and its variants is said to be an excellent pistol, full stop, and a heck of a lot of bang for the buck.
They’ve been called a “Glock killer.” Some people have said they’re better than pistols with more established names on the slide.
If you haven’t ever gotten your hands on one, or were possibly mulling over getting one, what IS it with these guns, anyway? Well, the quick version is the TP9 is a very decent pistol at its core, using solid design elements to just make a very good handgun. Of course, the manufacturer also has a few different variations of the gun, so it fits in some different niches than just a general, all-purpose full-size pistol.
Solid gun at a solid value, that’s pretty much it.
And, in case you’re curious, here’s where you can find some Canik TP9 holsters.
The first Canik TP9 to hit American shores was quickly recognized for what it more or less was: a clone of the Walther P99.
The specs weren’t completely identical, but the features more or less were. The striker-fired operation, with a decoking button atop the slide put the pistol in double-action mode. A single-action version followed soon after, with the decocker functioning as a striker deactivator. Picatinny rail for accessories, a similar palm swell, changeable back straps, a striker indicator, and 18+1 capacity.
And the whole package could be had for less than $400, which seemed like a pretty solid deal when they emerged. Today, they still definitely are.