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Old 12-07-2019, 08:45 AM
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Default Canik, the good/bad?

Seem to be really popular handguns locally, but I don't know anything at all about them and the price tag is so low it scares me off. In the market for a hand gun and going to look hard at these. Anyone have any experience with them, good or bad?
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An aerospace company making a McHandgun. Meh...
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I bought a Tristar P120 @ Academy which is made by Canik and a clone of the CZ SP01. I replaced the grips, bought better sights and did a trigger job. I shoot it in USPSA pistol competitions and my favorite handgun in the stable(G17,XDM, Ruger 1911, M&P9c, Couple carry guns).

I've put about 7-9,000 rounds through it over the years(I cast and reload and tear through ammo). 2" groups @ 25 yards, really low recoil, Cheap, high cap mags, tons of parts(CZ75 parts). When I bought it the sights were off so that's a big negative for a casual shooter. I can't remember but it was considerably high or low. I've heard this about many CZ75 clones and the CZ itself. Could just be the way I hold/line up sights.

I've slowed down but can't say enough. I bought a 2nd one as a bedside gun because I modified the other one so much/very light trigger.
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Old 12-07-2019, 01:31 PM
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Wannabe Glock at half the price. You get what you pay for. I did that once, now I don’t buy cheap anymore. But, I have seen good reviews on it. Still don’t think they will stand up over time like Glock.
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Looks like a earlier S&W 5906 or something along that lines. Imagine its a clone of something like that.
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Originally Posted by MrWesson View Post
I bought a Tristar P120 @ Academy which is made by Canik and a clone of the CZ SP01. I replaced the grips, bought better sights and did a trigger job. I shoot it in USPSA pistol competitions and my favorite handgun in the stable(G17,XDM, Ruger 1911, M&P9c, Couple carry guns).

I've put about 7-9,000 rounds through it over the years(I cast and reload and tear through ammo). 2" groups @ 25 yards, really low recoil, Cheap, high cap mags, tons of parts(CZ75 parts). When I bought it the sights were off so that's a big negative for a casual shooter. I can't remember but it was considerably high or low. I've heard this about many CZ75 clones and the CZ itself. Could just be the way I hold/line up sights.

I've slowed down but can't say enough. I bought a 2nd one as a bedside gun because I modified the other one so much/very light trigger.
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looks like a cross between a Beretta 92 and desert eagle and not in a good way.
Old 12-07-2019, 04:06 PM
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I bought a Canik TP9SFX a few years ago. I wanted another CZ but at a lower price so I bought the clone. I thought it was a good gun for the money. I ended up selling it to a buddy who was getting into shooting. He liked it until he bought a CZ Shadow 2. Now the Canik sits in the safe, lol
Old 12-07-2019, 04:23 PM
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The canik TP9 is an unlicensed clone of the Walther P99 from what I remember. You'd be better off getting the real thing. Although as long as they copied it good enough and the materials are adequate it should be a good gun.


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Originally Posted by MrWesson View Post
I bought a Tristar P120 @ Academy which is made by Canik and a clone of the CZ SP01. I replaced the grips, bought better sights and did a trigger job. I shoot it in USPSA pistol competitions and my favorite handgun in the stable(G17,XDM, Ruger 1911, M&P9c, Couple carry guns).

I've put about 7-9,000 rounds through it over the years(I cast and reload and tear through ammo). 2" groups @ 25 yards, really low recoil, Cheap, high cap mags, tons of parts(CZ75 parts). When I bought it the sights were off so that's a big negative for a casual shooter. I can't remember but it was considerably high or low. I've heard this about many CZ75 clones and the CZ itself. Could just be the way I hold/line up sights.

I've slowed down but can't say enough. I bought a 2nd one as a bedside gun because I modified the other one so much/very light trigger.
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Why not just buy a CZ75 or one of the better clones in the first place instead of having to replace everything?



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Wannabe Glock at half the price. You get what you pay for. I did that once, now I don’t buy cheap anymore. But, I have seen good reviews on it. Still don’t think they will stand up over time like Glock.
Really? Is that why all the reviews have the canik out performing the glock hands down? For the record I dont own a canik never even handled one. Having had to carry a glock for a couple years its easy to understand how the canik gets better reviews. Glocks have to be the worst pile of plastic Ive ever shot. As to the glock bois, before you bitch and whine if theyre so great why do every one of you change everything on em?


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looks like a cross between a Beretta 92 and desert eagle and not in a good way.
If youre refering to the desert tan one above. Its a descendant maybe a clone of the CZ75. One of the most successful and copied handguns around the world. Known as one of the original Wonder 9s. Everyone from Springfield, IMI, MRI, Tanfoglio, EEA and many more have cloned it. Its funny you mentioned the Desert Eagle. It is essentially a clone of the CZ75. If you look at the baby Eagle its even more apparent.
I own multiples of the Berretta 92s both American and Italian made as well many many variants of the CZ75 including the MRI .50 Desert Eagle, an IMI .40 Baby Eagle, Tanfoglio TZ75, CZ75s, Springfield P09s, EEA Witness, and a couple dozen more. The CZ is hands down a better gun.
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
looks like a cross between a Beretta 92 and desert eagle and not in a good way.
It's a CZ75. Probably the best shooting handgun in the world. Take it up with CZ.

Originally Posted by Bsmb View Post
Why not just buy a CZ75 or one of the better clones in the first place instead of having to replace everything?
The things I replaced were specific to my needs in USPSA and I would have done that to any CZ75 or clone. Cajun Gun works trigger parts, adjustable sights, Hogue grips(just like them for competition), MAgwell,etc. If you're going to rework a gun might as well start with a cheaper version and it's fun to beat guys with $3,000 rigs with a reworked cheapo clone.

I shot with a guy who had a CZ Czechmate open gun and did really well with it in national competitions. He was a different level shooter than me though. Massively reworked CZ75. These are done by CZ and go for over $3,000 but you could replicate it with a clone for MUCH cheaper.. The CZ guys (sponsored shooters) that were in my club matches were pretty impressed with the Canik clones and had nice things to say. Imitation is the highest form of flattery and in the CZ75 platform canik is very good at that.

I haven't shot the TP9 platform so I can't say. I never cared for the Walther P99 though.

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I just found this online which looks interesting even to me(don't care for the TP9/P99). $500 Race ready competition gun.

Slide cut for optics, interchangeable back straps, fiber optic front sight with 3 inserts, slide racker, extended mag release with three different sizes, 2 20 round magazines, 3-4 lb trigger with a wicked short reset, slide lightening holes for reduced muzzle flip, extended slide release, 5.2" match grade barrel rated for 60,000 rounds, a decent holster, and mag loader.

Even if you don't shoot competitions this would make an amazing range gun that would make you look good.

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I have had a Canik Tristar C 100 for several years. It has never jammed and I have shot the worst Walmart ammo available. It doesn't have the best sights but they are no worse than the sights on some of my high priced pistols. I really like it and think it gets good reviews because it is an excellent cheap pistol. I don't own a glock as I would probably shoot my leg off with one.
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Originally Posted by Bsmb View Post





Really? Is that why all the reviews have the canik out performing the glock hands down? For the record I dont own a canik never even handled one. Having had to carry a glock for a couple years its easy to understand how the canik gets better reviews. Glocks have to be the worst pile of plastic Ive ever shot. As to the glock bois, before you bitch and whine if theyre so great why do every one of you change everything on em?


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Relly, been carrying a stock Glock for 30 years (except for night sites) on patrol the whole time. Always shot fine and defended mine and other lives. Glock are by far one of the easiest handguns to train others on and to shoot pretty well....I understand we all have different likes but a Glock is popular for a reason.

To the OPs topic, those turkey manufacturers sure do build alot and sell a lot of guns... Good testimonial above by Mr. Wesson
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Not sure about the glock comment. They make super reliable ugly guns that fit the hand like a brick but unless you pull the trigger she's not gonna shoot.

Plenty of reasons to hate on Glock but functionality or safety isn't one of them.

I like having my CZ75 in double action with a round chambered. It's safe to do so but without a decocker involves dropping a hammer on a live round(no decocker/using my thumb to stop it). I'm really confident doing it and always point the gun in a safe direction but anyone could argue that this is a safety issue compared to striker fired guns.
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Originally Posted by MrWesson View Post
I just found this online which looks interesting even to me(don't care for the TP9/P99). $500 Race ready competition gun.

Slide cut for optics, interchangeable back straps, fiber optic front sight with 3 inserts, slide racker, extended mag release with three different sizes, 2 20 round magazines, 3-4 lb trigger with a wicked short reset, slide lightening holes for reduced muzzle flip, extended slide release, 5.2" match grade barrel rated for 60,000 rounds, a decent holster, and mag loader.

Even if you don't shoot competitions this would make an amazing range gun that would make you look good.

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I bought that same pistol about a month ago. It's early to comment on reliability, but I've been very pleased with it especially considering my OTD price was $430. I've added a Talon grip which helps a lot.

Nice sights, good trigger with excellent reset, optics ready with several base plates provided, good ergo, soft shooting. I wouldn't push aside any of my Glocks to get to the Canik if I was going to war but if we're killing paper or shooting steel it's a great gun and a heck of a value.
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I have had a Canik Shark FC for quite a while here. It has great accuracy and has performed flawlessly.

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