Canik TP9 DA Handgun – Three Trigger Modes ~ VIDEO Review

YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video review of the Canik TP9 DA Handgun from Century Arms.

Canik TP9 DA
Canik TP9 DA

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USA – -(  Adding to the ever-expanding lineup of TP9 pistol options from Canik and Century Arms is the new DA model.

So far we’ve seen TP9s for the budget conscious, for the basic shooter, competitive shooter, and now one filling the unique niche of those wanting a DA/SA option in a striker-fired gun.

This is not a new technology and is best known from the Walther P99 and it’s licensed cousin the Magnum Research MR9 we reviewed earlier this year.


Canik TP9 DA Handgun

Like the rest of the TP9 design cues borrow heavily from Walther.  As a Walther fan I believe imitation is flattery and am happy to see more of Dr. Dallhammer’s ideas in the US market.

The Canik TP9 DA Handgun however is not a complete clone and offers it’s own twists.  Major differences are the button magazine release and increased capacity of 18+1 instead of the Walther’s 15+1 or 16+1.

Before going any further the three trigger modes warrant discussion.  They each have a role and the operator has their choice of how to use the handgun.  See the video below with the link set to skip directly to that demonstration.

I have been carrying a Walther P99 for years specifically because of that trigger system. Personally, I prefer a double-action first pull, especially with a reset so short and light.  Some of you may disagree, and that’s ok.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours in training and fought in two wars.  I know how I want to run my gun.  To see this gun running watch the shooting impressions video below.

If you’re considering the Canik TP9 DA Handgun as an option I commend you for your interest in something different from the norm.  Here are the product specifications taken directly from the Century Arms product website:

  • Comes with industry standard dovetail sight cuts that are compatible with a large variety of aftermarket sights
  • Warren Tactical sights with dot front sight
  • Match grade barrel
  • Top-slide-mounted disassembly button
  • Loaded chamber indicator
  • Striker status indicator
  • Improved single action trigger
  • Reversible magazine catch
  • MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail
  • Comes with two 18 rd. mags., poly holster, paddle and belt attachment, interchangeable backstraps, cleaning rod, brush and a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty
  • Barrel: 4.07″, Overall: 7.16″, Weight: 1.73 lbs. unloaded

As you can see there is little not to like about the Canik TP9 DA Handgun.  If you don’t like the color we tested, don’t worry, there are other options.

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 on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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I hear that you know how you want your gun to run. But, you are probably in the 90th percentile in terms of experience and training. Selling this gun to someone who will not train or practice like a professional raises the question of “cooonfuuuusion” over how the trigger is going to work this time. I’m an instructor, competitor, and shoot at least once a week and I want my gun to run the same way every time. In a stress situation, be it real life or a match, I want consistency; placement on my belt, placement in my hand,… Read more »


I agree with this, 100%. I remember a classmate of mine always had a hard time making hits with his shotgun and he always wondered why another buddy and I were better with a 20 ga new englander and a mossberg turkey special at the clay range. It was simple they were all we had and so we shot them as is for everything. He was aways change chokes per activity, never allowing himself to get use to any particular setup. Another scenario: a new shooter from work was unhappy with how he was shooting, kept claiming it as the… Read more »