Monday, August 14, 2017

Canik Firearms

For those of you that don't mind Turkish guns (the non-Nationalists out there, maybe), Caniks are very nice guns.  They've a good polymer gun presence in the US gun market.  A few of their polymer guns are the TP9 SF, The TP9 SF Elite, and the TP9 SFX.  They no longer sell the TP9 SA, but have reworked their TP9 v2:  it is now called the TP9 DA.

Canik also sells all-metal guns.  Canik Sharks and their variants are available on the market, but I do believe they're no longer imported by Century Arms.  Tristar is an importer of Caniks.  Any handguns they have are actually Caniks.  Tristar handguns are just rebranded Caniks.  A few of those guns are:  the C120, C100, T120, T100, and P100.  Most people refer to these guns as CZ clones, mainly due to the slide rails being inverted compared to traditional gun slides.  They are not actual clones...they may share similar parts but you actually won't be able to swap most parts internal to a CZ75, for example, into a Tristar C120.  I don't call them clones.  I call them CZ-inspired.

Now, about my Nationalist comment.  Many people tend to get their panties in a bind when they discover that Caniks are gaining popularity.  These people usually can't hold back the "I don't support terrorism" comment.  The general population of Turkey should not be held accountable for the few radicals they have.  The US has radicals as well.  If people held the US accountable like the US citizens always want accountability with other countries (such as Turkey), there probably wouldn't be an uproar.  The things we do to our own citizens here is actually appalling, yet we'll make generalist comments about a damned Turkish gun maker.  Caniks are imported by US businesses.  The money spent on these guns are staying in the US...it's going to those that work in those US businesses, to people like you and I.  I wish I could buy a Canik every time I heard these comments, just so I could tell those folks, "every time one of you open your mouth, I buy a Canik."  I'm a military veteran and I'm about as red-blooded as one can be and I own three of these guns.  It doesn't bother me one bit.  You can love your country and buy imported goods without issue, IMO.  Every one is different.  I feel I can do whatever the hell I want with my money, for one.  Secondly, for every Nationalist that tells me that I'm unpatriotic because I bought a Turkish gun, I ask them, "have you served your country?  Have you fought on foreign soil?"  It usually shuts them up because most of those folk have never seen the world beyond the town they live in.

As well, those of you that feel that "it isn't a Glock"...no shit.  You can own both.  Some people say, "well, aftermarket support isn't on the level of Glock".  Well, there aren't many gun makes that have the level of aftermarket support of Glocks.  Still, all you have to do is Google Search on "Canik TP9 holsters" or "Canik TP9 sights" and you'll see a ton of hits...it won't be like there's a scarcity of such info...trust me, I did several such searches the other day when someone commented that Caniks weren't wanted.  I also posted the results.  I also said, "there's a whole world beyond just Glocks.  I own several Glocks and several Caniks and I like both.  There's room for both."  The guy never responded back.  It was probably because such details are difficult to refute.

If you're new to Caniks or want to know more about them, check out http://canikdiscussions.com/.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Trigger Measurements - Part II

Yesterday I posted some trigger pull measurements of some of my handguns.  After seeing those results, I was curious as to how the rest of my handguns compared.

For each handguns, I measured trigger pull by averaging out 5 pull results.  I also posted low measurements for the majority of them.

Here are the results:

Bersa Thunder 380 Plus -DA - 7lb even, with a low of 6lb 4oz
SA - 3lb 10oz, with a low of 3lb 9oz
Beretta PX4 Storm Compact -DA - 9lb 4oz, with a low of 8lb 15oz
SA - 3lb 12oz, with a low of 3lb 3oz
Springfield XD Mod.2 Subcompact -3lb 13oz, with a low of 3lb 8oz
Ruger SR9C -5lb 7oz, with a low of 5lb 1oz
Glock 19 -5lb 5oz average with a low of 5lb even
SIG Sauer P320 Compact -5lb 7oz average with a low of 5lb 3oz
Metro Arms American Classic Commander (1911) - 2lb 15oz average with a low of 2lb 8oz (!!)

I had no idea that 1911 would measure that low.  It's one of three 1911s that I own, but it's also one of the best that I own.  I knew it was good but didn't know the trigger would generate such a low measurement.  I'll update this page later tonight with the results of the triggers of the other two 1911s, just to compare all three of them.

UPDATE:

I measured my 1911s:

Rock Island Armory MS 1911 (22tcm) - 2lb 12oz average with a low of 2lb 10oz

Rock Island Armory MS 1911 (9mm) - 3lb 13oz average with a low of 3lb 8 oz

Friday, August 11, 2017

Trigger Measurements - Part I

About a week ago, I was cleaning my two TP9SA handguns.  They're both identical but when actuating their triggers, both seemed to have different weights, to a significant degree, which kind of bugs me.

I decided to buy a Lyman trigger gauge.  I picked it up this morning and decided to check the triggers before I went to work.

Here's what I found:

Canik TP9SA (black) - 3lb 11oz, average of 5; got as low as 3lb 9oz
TP9SA (tan) - 4lb 11oz, average of 5; got as low as 4lb 5oz
That's a pretty drastic difference (1 lb).  Tan gun's trigger is noticeably stiffer, which is why I decided to buy a trigger gauge in the first place.  I looked at the trigger bar and it appears it may be rubbing against the frame.  I'm not going to mess with it, though.

I then decided to check some of my other handguns:

Tristar T-100 - DA is 11lb 10oz, average of 5; got as low as 11lb 9oz (was difficult to measure the trigger evenly, since the pull is so strong and the trigger is curved upward).  SA is 4lb 12oz, with the lowest of 5 at 4lb 4oz.
Grand Power P-11 - DA is at 8lb 3oz, average of 5; got as low as 8lb even!  SA - 3lb 10oz, with a lowest of 5 at 3lb 1oz!  DA is super smooth and was easy to get a reading.  In half-cock, the DA got an average of 7lb 13oz.
Sig Sauer P220 Equinox - DA is average of 10lb 2oz; SA is average of 5lb 7 oz.
Sig Sauer SP2022 - DA is average of 7lb 12oz with lowest of 5 at 6lb 6oz (pulled fast and smooth).  SA is average of 4lb 4oz with low of 3lb 9oz.
Note that most of these guns have low round counts, especially the P220 and Caniks.  The Grand Power has over 1200 rounds through it, which is probably one reason why it's so smooth (but it was a stand-out even when brand new).

Stay tuned for Part II, where I measure the triggers of my other handguns.