Canik TP9 SA Mod 2 Tabletop and Range Review

YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video breakdown and review of the Canik TP9 SA Mod 2 from Century Arms.

Canik TP9 SA Mod 2 Tabletop and Range Review
Canik TP9 SA Mod 2 Tabletop and Range Review

U.S.A. –-( Canik has done it again.  Yet another variant of the popular TP9 series based on the Walther P99/PPQ design.  Fans have raved about the affordability, reliability, and accuracy of the TP9 series while Century Arms continues to find variants to meet the various demands of the market.

The TP9 SA Mod 2 is one of nine options currently offered by Century Arms and has the lowest MSRP in the lineup of just $399.99.  What sets this variant apart is the decocking lever on the slide.  This model’s decocker intended to permit safe disassembly without needing to pull the trigger.  The Mod 2’s decocking lever is considerably stiffer than the original to ease the mostly unwarranted concerns of accidentally disabling the gun.  YouTube’s Fire Mountain Outdoors made an entertaining video testing this urban legend on the original version.

Another criticism some had of earlier TP9 models was that their recoil assemblies were calibrated for the higher-energy 124gr NATO loads.  This meant the guns would sometimes not run well with softer American 115gr if used in a soft grip.  With this in mind I hit the range with the TP9 SA Mod 2 and a variety of loads ranging from 165gr down to 90gr in aluminum, brass, and steel casings.

Ammunition tested included:

  • 165gr Freedom Munitions HUSH
  • 147 Remington HTP
  • 125gr Hornady HAP Steel Case
  • 124gr Blazer Brass FMJ
  • 124gr Blazer FMJ Aluminum Case
  • 124gr Federal Premium HST
  • 115gr Hornady American Gunner XTP
  • 92.6gr MagTech First Defense SCHP
  • 90gr Winchester Super Clean FMJ

Field accuracy was tested with five shots from seven yards using Nosler 115gr Match.

Range results are in the video below

Now that we know the gun runs, here are the specifications as taken directly from the product web page:

UPC 787450474758
CALIBER 9mm Luger
CAPACITY 18+1 rds.
BARREL 4.46”
WIDTH 1.35″
WEIGHT 1.78 lbs. unloaded

The TP9 SA Mod 2 proved to be plenty reliable, easy to shoot, and more accurate than the shooter.  We know from earlier that Century also stocks tritium night sights for Canik pistols.  Night sights make the TP9 an excellent option for nearly any role.  To get a closer look at the gun and see the construction quality see the tabletop review below.

Tabletop Video Below

Personally, I prefer something smaller to carry but know of folks who carry the TP9.  As a duty gun, range gun, or training tool I think the Canik TP9 SA Mod 2 can easily find a home.

About Graham Baates G B Guns

“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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Dr Strangelove:

The Globalization train left the station decades ago. Money does not care about politics, values or perceived enemies.

I am sure that you have products in whole or made with parts from many “adversarial” countries. Get over it!


My TP9 SA Mod 2 (V2) is GREAT. runs like a rabbit and has never had a problem; I like the ‘decock; first shot is a little long just like on the 92 and other DA/SA pistols. Good buy; you’ll like it and the price is CERTAINLY right.

Steve Efird

I don’t care for the decocking lever! There really no need for it on a S.A. pistol.


Buy American.

Dr. Strangelove

Canik is a Turkish company, and Turkey is not our friend. I wouldn’t buy one and only click on the article to comment.


Great review, I have the new mod2 and really like it. I don’t care where this gun is made but more concerned with
it fitting my budget,being reliable and being a quality built weapon which this canik has done in spades.