Picked up my Canik TP-9 from my FFL this morning and out to the range I went.
What great value! I bought it from Aimsurplus for $319...$10 shipping and $17.50 for the transfer/paperwork. So for under $350 out the door, I got a new 9mm pistol with two 18 round Mec-Gar magazines. The package also came with a Serpa style holster that you can connect to a belt slide or a paddle -I used the paddle! (also included!) Came with an extra back-strap which I assume is larger.... it actually looked the same size to me. I kept the one on that came installed. It also came with two additional front sights and the tool to change them if you need height adjustment. The rear sight is screw-adjustable for windage.
It really needed no adjustment though...it seems to shoot on so far.
Anyway, I broke it down quickly and put a little Ballistol here and there, reassembled and then loaded up the mags. The last round is very stiff getting into the mag - even with the Uplula mag loader!
Here it is at the range:
Here is my first 5 shots at ten yards:
Horrible cell phone pic but you can see the group anyway.
Interesting trigger on this pistol. You can push it back and it will click into a staged position where it becomes a short single action pull from there. Nutnfancy of Youtube fame has a good video of this and much like he said, it is still a stiff pull after that... but it doesn't seem that bad or seem to hinder accuracy. The re-set is very short. Here is my first two shots on steel at 16-17 yards:
I actually never missed that steel target all day and put about 29-30 shots on it. I had another 8" round steel target off to the left about one yard closer to me and I only missed it twice in the same amount of shots. Here was my best five shot group at 10 yards:
That is (as best I could measure) 13/16ths of an inch!!
I shot 50 rounds of CCI Speer Lawmen - 124g - TMJ
and 50 rounds of RWS - 124g - FMJ
with not one hiccup. I then fired 50 rounds of Federal Champion -115g - FMJ
. I had been loading the magazines full, putting one in the chamber and then topping of the magazine for a full 18+1! With the Federal, It was very difficult to rack the slide with a full magazine. I muscled one in the chamber and then topped off the mag. I wondered if the slide would strip that top round out of the magazine after firing since I had such a hard time moving the slide to load it. It didn't. I think maybe a hotter round may
have...and if I had just loaded the magazine down one, it would have worked for sure. That was the one and only bobble - everything else fed, fired and extracted flawlessly. I am very happy with this gun! The last gun that I paid this amount for (NEW) that worked this well was a Ruger P89...but that was in 1997 (yeh... 17 years ago). Here is one last shot of that 10 yard grouping: