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Old July 14, 2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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anyone used a canik?

this is mostly for posterity's sake. just curious about the lastest craze of cheap handguns imported from eastern Europe.

now that arcus is no longer imported one of them seems like a poor choice if I ever decide I want a cheap beater gun. so has anyone got one?

pros? cons? indifferents?
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Old July 14, 2013, 06:06 AM   #2
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I gots me one. IMHO they are not cheap, considering you can buy a Ruger or Kahr for the same money. But putting that aside, they seem to be fairly high quality pistols. I've got about 250 rds with no issues so far . Mine is a T-120 in brushed Chrome. One caveat, the D/A pull is a Joke, around 20lbs. I just shoot mine in the s/a mode, which isn't to bad. Fit and finish is top notch, comes with 2 mec-gar mags. Swap out the Mainspring and you should be good to go.
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Old July 14, 2013, 10:04 AM   #3
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I have one, the C100. It's an alloy frame CZ compact clone. I did a review on it earlier. I'm happy with it!

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=526841
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Old July 14, 2013, 12:03 PM   #4
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the ttp or whatever their polymer model is averages about $300, that's cheaper than most. I can see how chrome plated and metal frames would be more inline with other domestic models though.
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Old July 14, 2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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^^^ tahunua001, I believe that the pistol you're discussing- polymer frame, cosmetically similar to a Walther P99 or S&W SW99- is the TP-9.

I have not seen or handled a TP-9.
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I have one, the C100. It's an alloy frame CZ compact clone.
IMHO the C-100 and the closely related Stingray and Stingray-C bear a closer resemblance to the Tanfolgio EAA Witness line than the CZ 75. The Tanfoglios began as faithful CZ clones decades ago, but have since diverged substantially from the original design in many aspects, much like many recent "1911"-type pistols.

This is not necessarily a Bad Thing, as IMHO the Tanfoglio line is top notch, EAA customer service notwithstanding.

I have not fired a C-100 yet, but I've handled one. Fit and finish is not up to Tanfoglio or CZ standards, but given the substantially lower price, I wouldn't necessarily expect it to be. My main reservation about the C-100 is that it's pretty doggone large and heavy compared to similar-sized tactical plastic of equal capacity, but if you WANT a "heavy metal" DA/SA gun for cheap, it seems to be about the best deal out there.
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Old July 14, 2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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that's the one chris,

from the sides they look pretty close to a walther P99 but on their angled pics it looks pretty boxlike and that's not something I like very-coughglockcough- much.

now can someone please tell me where they are actually from? all of the threads I've seen online all say that they are romanian and gunamerica lists them as Ukrainian and now I see lots of photos that all say made in turkey? I am lost.
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Old July 14, 2013, 02:38 PM   #7
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They are made in Turkey.
www.canik55.com
Imported by tri-star
http://www.tristararms.com/
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Old July 14, 2013, 05:08 PM   #8
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The Tristars are Caniks imported bt Tristar. Century imports the Stingray. I own 2. A Stingray and a Tristar T100. They are the best buys I've ever made in handguns. The T-100 is alloy framed steel slide, all hard chromed and is a really nice package. Under $400 with 3 Mecgar 15 round mags, (dealer promo on 3rd mag) and closely matches a CZ compact. The stingray is all steel, has ambi controls, adjustable night sights and is as accurate and reliable as any 9 I own. Both are a great buy and are very tightly fit. No slop at all. Mine are both Hard Chromed but they come in black poly coat if desired. Both are under $400 and come with 2 15 round mags made by Mecgar. Extra mags are available from Tristar in KC at $30 each. Grips and other parts made for the CZ compacts fit both the Stingray and the T-100. Once word of these gets around, the prices will go up and availability will go down. I actually bought a second Stingray just to "save for later". Yes both made in Turkey, and inexpensive is the right term, not cheap in any way but price. YMMV and JMHO.
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Old July 14, 2013, 06:56 PM   #9
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Re: anyone used a canik?

There is also some available aftermarket springs and hammers available from Cajungunworks.com
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Old July 14, 2013, 11:41 PM   #10
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The Brushed Chrome version ships with a Fake mustache. (Factory)
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Old July 15, 2013, 07:19 AM   #11
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip87FoNHZMM

According to this review video the TP-9 is currently in use by the Turkish police and armed forces. So it most likely doesn't suck. Take down looks dirt simple in the vid.
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Old July 15, 2013, 08:15 AM   #12
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While I enjoy mine and its a nice shooter (doesn't look to bad either) it certainly isn't my most expensive, prettiest or favorite to shoot. But it works everytime, has good capacity and I wouldn't be too terribly upset if something happened to it. All in all, a good value.

Check out the CZ forums under the clone club. Lots of people talking about them over there!
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Old July 15, 2013, 09:10 AM   #13
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The Brushed Chrome version ships with a Fake mustache. (Factory)
This implies one mustache is grown for each one that rolls off the assembly line; entirely plausible.
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Old July 16, 2013, 11:06 PM   #14
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My Dad got one of the CZ clone one. I REALLY like it, haven't been able to shoot it, but it feels really nicely made. IIRC the prices are $20-$30 more now then when he bought his.

My only concern is replacement parts, mags and aftermarket support. Might fit in a holster for a CZ???
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Old July 17, 2013, 03:55 AM   #15
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ive had a TP-9 for about 8 months now
and have shot the snot out of it
it really is very close to a Walther P99AS
even the sights will interchange
and the trigger is just like the Walther AS (anti stress)
its my carry gun and i shoot it every week
runs like a swiss watch
they have released the .40 s&w version now as well

ohh i had a holster made for it using a P99 blue gun for fitting
perfect!
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Old July 17, 2013, 06:37 AM   #16
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http://www.jgsales.com/handguns-c-16_790.html

OD green TP-9 for $349, other finishes $299 - 349



They also make a tan and desert camo version; not sure if its imported or not.
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Old July 17, 2013, 09:43 AM   #17
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it really is very close to a Walther P99AS
even the sights will interchange
Guncheese, do you know if P99 and/or SW99 mags will work in the TP-9?
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Old July 17, 2013, 11:32 PM   #18
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nope im sure they wont but i might be wrong
as the TP-9 has a normal thumb type release instead of the Walther lever
getting magazines for the TP-9 isnt a issue and they were $33/each for nice mec-gar mags got them from CAI the origional importer at this link
http://www.centuryarms.biz/proddetail.asp?prod=MA085
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Old July 18, 2013, 08:31 AM   #19
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The Turks make top-notch no-frills durable guns. I have A Regent 1911, SAR K2 and a Hatsan Escort 12G and they are tank-like quality absent the finest finish but you pay considerably less in return. I say it's a definite thumbs up on any of the major imported Turkish guns.
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Old July 18, 2013, 02:43 PM   #20
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A few months ago I posted a side by side of the Canik C100 and the cZ75 Compact on the czfirearms forum.
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Old November 9, 2013, 06:50 PM   #21
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Anyone know if the Canik mags interchange with the guns they've cloned (for instance, do the Stingray accept the CZ mags, and the TP accept the Walther mags)?
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Old November 10, 2013, 01:35 AM   #22
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The CZ types use Tanfoglio type mags.

Given the base pad shape I doubt the TP-9 shares mags with anything.

I believe the steel Canicks are the only forged framed CZ type you can buy.
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Old November 10, 2013, 12:17 PM   #23
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Given the base pad shape I doubt the TP-9 shares mags with anything.
According to my subsequent research- this thread is several months old- TP-9 mags will not interchange with mags for any pistol in the P99 family, which includes the PPQ, S&W SW99, and Magnum Research MR Eagle.

The TP-9 reportedly has substantial internal differences from any P99 series pistol; it's a lookalike, NOT a clone.
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Old November 11, 2013, 07:22 AM   #24
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The C100 mags interchange with the P01, and vice versa. The Full size cz mags also work, although they hang out.
The Tristar/Canik's are very nice guns, I like them alot. Quality is great, as is the price.
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Old November 12, 2013, 06:18 PM   #25
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I picked up a Stingray a couple of months ago. Started a love affair with the CZs and now own a RAMI, steel compact, alloy decock compact, and a full size 75 BD decock model.

Thought about selling the Stingray, but can't get a good price. Should just keep it since it is just about perfect. Before I started buying the CZ's, I bought some full size (16 round) CZ 75 mags from Midway that work perfectly. I also installed a set of rubber grips for a CZ compact.

It is heavy but very accurate. Has left and right hand controls, and adjustable sights, and a loaded chamber indicator.

If I keep it, all I am going to do is smooth out a couple of sharp edges (right side of the take down pin/slide hold open lever and the upper edge of the trigger. Also, I think the mag release could use a little external smoothing)

Guess I will start tonight and just keep it.

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