Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Review : Impressive Value ~ VIDEO, Update Bonus 2nd Opinion

By Graham Baates
YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video review and photo break down of the Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun.

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun
Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun
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USA – -(  When the Canik TP9 series of pistols first came to market they weren’t taken very seriously. The brand was unfamiliar to the American consumer and were priced very aggressively.

Original models shared a lot in common with the Walther P99 including the ability to decock and function in both single-action and double-action modes; another feature that was poorly accepted.

Canik kept at it and the growing fan base of the pistols grew too loud to ignore.

Today we have the Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun which boasts more features and arguably a better shooting experience than competitors asking twice the price.

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Right Side
Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Right Side

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Features & Specs:

CaliberCapacityBarrelOverall LengthHeightWidthWeight
9x19mm15+14.19”7.285.27”1.45”1.77lbs Unloaded
  • Industry standard dovetail sight cuts compatible with a large variety of aftermarket sights
  • Warren Tactical sights with red and green fiber optic front sight
  • Match grade barrel
  • Trigger stop
  • Loaded chamber indicator
  • Striker status indicator
  • Improved single action trigger
  • Reversible magazine catch
  • Tungsten grey cerakote over phosphate
  • MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail
  • AFC magazine coating

The Canik TP9-SF Elite  comes with two 15 rd. mags., poly holster, paddle/belt attachment, interchangeable backstraps, cleaning rod, brush and a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

Far beyond “budget gun” the TP9SF Elite threatens to replace your existing range or competition gun by including feature the more discerning shooter looks for:

Comfortable trigger shoe with safety:

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Red Trigger Shoe with Safety
Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Red Trigger Shoe with Safety

Loaded Chamber Indicator that is both visible and tactile:

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Loaded Chamber Indicator
Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Loaded Chamber Indicator

Match-Grade Barrel with polished feed ramp & captured flat recoil spring:

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Feedramp & Recoil Spring
Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Feedramp & Recoil Spring

Fully-supported chamber:

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Chamber Support
Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Chamber Support

Striker Indicator and U-Notch rear sight for quick sight acquisition:

Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Rear Sight U Notch
Canik TP9SF Elite Handgun Rear Sight U Notch

In the hand it feels like a gun that is ready to go. The trigger is smooth and light with a faint break somewhat similar to an AK. Accuracy was excellent and the factory-installed back strap fits larger hands comfortably.

Too see the Canik TP9 SF Elite in action watch the video below:

About Graham Baates

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

Second Opinion 4/11/2017

By John Farnam

Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( My take on the Canik TP9SF/Elite

I’ve been carrying my copy of the Canik TP9SF/Elite pistol (imported by Century Arms) for several months. I’ve used it to demonstrate techniques at a number of Courses, and my Instructors and students have shot it extensively, with all kinds of ammunition.

Frankly, there is little not to like. No hiccups. It runs and runs!

I was not sure what to think of it when I first starting using this Glock-like entry into the serious pistol market. However, it has proven itself reliable and well-suited to the task of personal protection.

One concern was the pistol’s ambidextrous, long, cantilevered slide-release levers. When operating the one on the left side of the pistol with your thumb (assuming you’re right-handed), there is no problem. We prefer racking the slide, of course, but using the lever may be necessary from time to time.

However, when a right-hander uses his right index finger (trigger finger) to push down the lever on the right side of the pistol, his finger often slides off, enters the trigger-guard, and hits the trigger! On the left side of the pistol, the thumb is too short to cause that problem.

On my copy of the Canik, I thus had my gunsmith simply remove the lever on the pistol’s right side. With it gone, that potential problem goes away!

When the Canik came to me, its sights were excellent, but needed adjusting. The wonderful gunsmiths at Gunsite Training Center performed the necessary drift for me, and sights are now dead-on.

This pistol comes with two magazines and a Serpa holster, all at a price significantly below its competitors.

Based on personal experience, the Canik TP9SF/Elite now enjoys a place on my Recommended Self Defense Gun List!


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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Hey if the Turks want to sell me a great weapon at a great price and that weapon is ultimately used in the defense of my Christian beliefs and values against godless liberals, radical Islamists (i have no illusions about “peaceful” Islam), or Chicoms so be it. If it needs replacement after a few thousand rounds I have my trusty Springfield XD – oh yeah, that was made over ‘ there’ somewhere also. The ‘Made in Merica’ manufacturers sure as hell aren’t going to lower their prices/profits so you can get one of their guns to defend your family.


You’ve sold your soul to save a dollar.


You sound like a “brand snob”…..If you are in retail sales, I feel sorry for your customers

Craven Moorehead

So – do I sell my soul if I buy a Beretta made in Italy and not one made in Tennessee? How about if I buy a Glock made in Austria instead of one made in Georgia? Sig-Sauer made in Germany instead of New Hampshire? How about a Hi Point instead of a Canik. No way am I trusting that just because it’s American made. The Canik is a quality weapon. I want something that is accurate and dependable. It’s not the Turks fault that they can build something the competes with American weapons. Those monkeys at Colt keep driving… Read more »


Well said, Craven!

Jim Burke

I’m with you ….money has no soul…. I do.


People are ignorant when it comes to just about everything. Glocks are made in Austria. Who was born there? Oh HItler. Besides, 99% of what we are told about other countries in the first place is mostly all lies. These are great guns at a steal and that is all that matters.

stephen hermn

i bought the canik tp9sf elite about a week ago. I shot 100 Winchester white box 115 gr, 50 sellier & bellot 115 gr, 15 Remington 115 gr and 30 federal aluminum 115 grain out of this gun and I didn’t have any problems at all from weak ejection.

Hayden the Patriot

I bought a Canik TP9SF a few weeks ago and I love it. Came with all kinds of stuff and feels and works great. First thing I shot through it was some crappy steel case ammo and it didn’t have a hiccup. I got it for $340 not including tax.


I have the TP9v2 which is the exact copy of the Walther P99 (I prefer a DA/SA decocker). Love it! Got it for the amazing price of $325. Accurate and utterly reliable. Lifetime transferable warranty. Although some might think it too big I can easily conceal it in a Clinger Atom holster.


My wives nephew bought one (9mm), he absolutely LOVES it. He couldn’t believe how accurate it is, nor could others that shot it. I haven’t fired it , but looking at it it seems to be a very nice pistol. I was actually surprised with the weapon and what he paid for it. Glock, Springfield, S&W, Ruger have a serious competitor.


Mr. “Baates”, thank you for your service, sir !

Graham Baates

Thank you.

John Evans

I agree with Lou.

Bought a Tshirt that was a great value at WalMart.
Those foreigners sure can make stuff at a great value.

And when my hand gets blown off, who do I call?

Steve DeCanter

The TP9 was a contender for replacing the Beretta as a standard issue for our military. They had shot over 6000 rounds through it without a hiccup. I really don’t think your T-shirt from Wal-Mart will last that long.


Were you part of the testing group?
Or did you read that in their mindless literature, that people read and believe without hinting about it.
Wake up people… can always buy something cheaper from overseas.
Get it?

Is that what you want?
Kiss your jobs goodbye.
Buy American, there are plenty of good USA firearms.
Screw Springfield crap from Croatia also.

Wild Bill

@Lou, I don’t want to buy a firearm because it will save someone’s job (in Turkey, America, Italy, Japan, anywhere). I don’t want to buy a firearm because it is inexpensive or expensive. I do want to buy a firearm because it is “every time” reliable, reasonably accurate, logistically supportable, and maybe just a little because people say, “woooo” when I take it out.


I’ve owned just about every firearm you could mention, and at 65, I’ve probably been shooting longer than you’ve been alive. I’ve put near 2000 rounds thru my TP9SF Elite, with nary a hiccup. To each their own. Shoot what works for you…..practice, practice, practice, and know your firearm.

Steve DeCanter

Oh, by the way I own a TP9 and it shoots great. have no fear of blowing my hand off.


Keep in mind that Canik is manufactured in Turkey, a potential Islamic enemy nation. Replacement armory supplies could dry up in a second.

Graham Baates

Did you mean NATO ally? Or perhaps maker of CZ Shotguns and many other brands we buy on a regular basis?


Turkey is a NATO ally out of convenience, but it could turn and bite the hand that feeds it in a Muslim second. Kemal Ataturk may have modernized hos nation…but it is still, first and foremost, a Muslim enclave. And – YES – I own a pistol and a shotgun made in Turkey.


I can buy shirts at a good value from WalMart too.


Lou does not have a clue


On the contrary, have pretty good clue. I work at a gun store and likely know more about firearms and have used them them for longer than you can imagine.
So a foreign mfg comes up with a good gun cheap?
Big whoop.
That get you excited?
Go buy your suits at WalMart and shut up.

Wild Bill

@Lou, Alright Mr. Gunstore… Smith and Wesson model 617 or Rugar GP 100, both .22LR? The Rugar has triple lock, but still, it is a little loose. The Smith has I don’t know what kind of lockup, but it is really tight. Both are totally over built and heavy. Each is ten round cylinder.


Is there a question in there somewhere?
You mention two models that are available in various calibers, what’s your point?

Wild Bill

Yes, Lou the first line is a question, which is Smith and Wesson model 617 or Rugar GP 100, both in .22LR? I am merely seeking your input regarding which revolver you think is better since you indicate that you work in a gun store.


OK mister “I work at a gun store” expert……what firearm do you recommend?


I’m going to take a stab in the dark here and say that @Lou is a big 1911 fan. To each their own. And that pretty much goes for everything in life. You don’t like the Canik, don’t buy one. If you don’t like Toyotas, don’t buy one. Just because someone out there thinks the Toyota is a good car, doesn’t mean they are selling their soul to the devil or that they are a sh*tty person or that they don’t know what they are talking about. Everyone has preferences. And just because you can open a glass case and… Read more »