If you can’t make up your mind between a self-defense single-action and double-action pistol, a solution at a competitive price may be at hand. It’s manufactured in Turkey, a country that is producing well-made firearms, but gets little recognition in the U.S. for its gun production.
Century International Arms, which has been importing surplus firearms and producing some very interesting guns for many years, also imports newly manufactured guns from certain talented manufacturers. One of those companies is Canik55, which is owned by Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) and is located in north central Turkey. SYS has been around for about 14 years and manufactures sniper rifles, rocket and missile launchers, as well as aviation components for heavyweight customers like Lockheed Martin, Airbus and Boeing—so it must adhere to some pretty high manufacturing standards. Accordingly, Canik55 has earned the ISO 9001 certification and sells pistols to several law enforcement agencies and military organizations around the world—including the Turkish armed forces and police.
The 9mm Canik55 TP-9 may remind some of the Walther P99. There is no doubt that the two guns are similar so it is pointless to avoid the comparison, and besides, it shows that the TP-9 is based on a proven design. It’s actually quite a versatile gun and has several features not often found on one pistol. The most interesting is the trigger.
Trigger specifications vary among different organizations. Some units want a double-action and others want a single-action, but the TP-9 has a solution that is designed to satisfy both camps. When the first round is chambered, the wide polymer trigger comes to rest in the full forward position, the same position needed for the trigger to fully retract the striker before releasing it. However, the striker is actually pre-cocked and when the trigger is pulled through the first half of its arc, a fairly light force of only about 2 pounds is required. Once pulled half way, the trigger resistance increases a bit to about 4 pounds for the next quarter of the stroke. This slack portion is easy to deal with. Then greater resistance of about 8 to 9 pounds is encountered for the last portion of the stroke when the trigger releases the striker to drive forward and ignite the primer. So, the trigger is a sort of hybrid double-action that is designed to satisfy the requirements of those who feel more comfortable with a long first round trigger pull.
However, if a true heavier double-action trigger pull for the first round is desired, after loading a round in the chamber the shooter merely presses the ambidextrous serrated decocking plunger located on the top of the slide. Although this lets the striker move fully forward, it is blocked from striking the primer by the internal automatic striker block that permits a primer strike only when the trigger is pulled. Confirmation that the gun is decocked is evidenced by the fact that the rear of the striker, which is painted red, is no longer visible at the back of the slide. That’s a nice feature. Once the decocker has been pressed, the first round trigger stroke is about 11.5 pounds. It’s heavier because the trigger has to retract the striker before it is released.