Unless you have never perused a firearms magazine or entered a gun store, you’ll be aware that Turkey is a major player in the international small arms market, supplying both military and sporting firearms to armies, police forces and sportsmen around the world.
Turkey has the fourth largest standing army in the world and maintains large police forces, all of which require side-arms. In addition, almost half a million handguns are (legally) owned by civilians. The Turks began local production of handguns after WWII and today there are a number of companies producing pistols and revolvers.
In the 1980s the Turkish government began a programme to ensure that its military and police would have a reliable source of handguns. One of the corporations licensed to produce handguns was Samsun Yurt Savunma near the city of Samsun on the Black Sea coast. In 1998 it introduced a line of pistols based upon the popular Czech CZ-75 which was adopted by the Turkish army and police. In 2009, in line with the majority of handgun makers in the world today, it introduced a series of pistols with frames made of high-tech polymer.
“Canik” is a word in the old Turkish language meaning “a place of refuge”. Samsun Yurt Savunma built a factory near a mountain bearing this name; accordingly, its new line of polymer pistols was called Canik.
The first Canik, the TP-9, was adopted by the Turkish national police and entered service with the militaries and police of more than 20 nations around the world. The TP series now includes seven variations, all chambered for the 9x19mm Para, and designed for police and military service, Special Ops units, civilian home and self-defence and – the subject of this report – Action Pistol competition.
Over the years, I’ve seen many advertisements touting handguns as ready for competition shooting “out of the box”. Well, having tested and competed with several of them, I must admit that some were more match-ready than others. However, in the case of the Canik TP9SFx, the manufacturer’s claim of “out of the box” ready is not just advertising hype – it’s a plain fact.
Read the full article in the August 2017 issue of Magnum.