Canik TP9 Elite Combat Executive – Video Review

Maddy_A.R with the Canik TP9 Elite Combat Executive by Graham Baates
Maddy_A.R with the Canik TP9 Elite Combat Executive by Graham Baates

USA – -( Canik and Century have done it again.  Yet another variant of the TP9 series has been released.  This latest variation of the popular TP9 series expands the Elite Combat series which uses parts from Salient Arms International.  With an MSRP of $749.99 the Elite Combat comes with some premium improvements over the already great TP9 base models.  To pull directly from the product web page:

Custom features on the TP9 Combat Elite designed by Salient Arms include:

  • Proprietary Convex Thread Protector with 1/2×28″ Right-Hand Threads
  • Fluted and Gold PVD-Coated, Match-Grade Barrel
  • Fiber Optic Sight Set
  • Aluminum Speed Funnel Magazine Well

NEW custom Canik features on the TP9 Combat Elite include:

  • Aluminum Plus 3 Magazine Extension
  • Small Parts and Internal Components Nitride or High-Wear Nickel-Coated
  • New Flat-Face Aluminum Trigger With 4.8lb trigger pull weight
  • Slide, Barrel, and Small Steel Parts Nitride-Coated
  • Optics-Ready Slide with one Adapter Plate and Charging Handle
  • Extended Magazine Release
  • New Retention Holster with Slide Lock Release

Some of these features seem relatively common in the after-market arena, especially those in search of making their “Perfection” pistol more perfect.  I’ve seen Cerakote, PVD, and Nickel coatings offered at a variety of prices on a lot of different parts.  Unfortunately their quality is highly dependent on the prep-work and skill of the applicator.  As a result I was particularly interested to see how a factory finish would do, especially when offered at such a fair price.  $750 is not cheap, but considering a Salient-branded Glock barrel could run you half that, I assumed some shortcuts must have been made.

Canik TP9 Elite Combat Executive
Canik TP9 Elite Combat Executive

The other feature that interested me was the “New Retention Holster…”.  Previous Caniks had shipped with Serpa-styled holsters which I’ve known to be a liability and seen banned at some shooting facilities.  The safety concern with them comes from the placement of the release button which, in a hurry, could result in the trigger finger falling directly on the trigger.  We set out to the range to test the new Canik and accompanying holster.  The Range test included our basics of Full-Mag + 1 (yes, some guns fail this), What’s For Dinner, and a quick 5-shot group from seven yards to collect thoughts.  The What’s For Dinner test includes ten different loads including hollow points, flat-nosed, FMJ, brass, steel, and aluminum-cased rounds of widely varying projectile weights.  The goal of this test is to see what the gun will eat.  In the video below GBGuns including Maddy_A.R put the TP9 through its paces.

Any concerns of load sensitivity should be calmed by that video.  For those wanting a closer look at the construction of the TP9 Elite Combat Executive the tabletop video below should answer any questions.

Is this the ultimate TP9?  No one is claiming it is, but I can’t imagine wanting to improve it at all.  The Magazine release proved a little too obtrusive, but Century handled that by including two alternatives.  There are also now options for night sights on the aftermarket.  Is it perhaps silly to have a threaded barrel without suppressor-height sights?  It could be, but for those of us who don’t operate operationally in operations requiring suppressors on a regular basis the extra barrel length also means more velocity and maybe a touch more energy.  Small points aside the Executive is a fine pistol that is optics ready and very versatile.

About Graham BaatesG 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 local 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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Focused One

Wow folks….I thought this comment section was about the functions and quality of the gun. I own a TP9SF Elite, 2 Walthers, 2 S&W and 2 Rugers. I recently bought the Canik and have not fired it up yet. I buy for self defense and target shooting not for the history of the manufactures. There will always be an “opinion”or”judgment” surrounding anything that disagrees with ones position. A gun is a functioning piece of art. Guns do not have baggage, people do. Opinions,attitudes do not come in the case. I know I was looking and found nothing but a gun… Read more »


It’s a shame there’s a handful of people who have nothing better to do than lurk at gun blogs waiting for a post about Canik so they can re-re-re-post the same lame comments about Turkish made guns. Lemme give you a new target, Savage Stevens shotguns are made in Turkey, have been for years, so are a lot of guns you might assume to be ‘made in America’ so do some research and go haunt those posts for a change. Your Canik comments are getting tedious.

Donald Nelson

You are both full of BS. Get a life.

Donald Nelson

You are both full of shit!

Ben Scratchin

I like watching Maddy shoot.

Tom Marshall

And while you consider this Turkish, Muslim built pistol, you might reflect on the horrors of 9/11 and the 3,000 American lives that were lost. If that concept doesn’t overwhelm you find one of the many online videos that shows fellow Amwericans jumping from 80 stories preferring the last 12 seconds of their life to not being burned to death. A very sad situation, for sure. Buy American.


not that guy

Tom Marshall that is the dumbest thing Ive ever heard. You cant even spell Americans and then want to act like you care about buying American. So during the time American guns were at its highest with consumers the greatest terror event happened, You want us to then use that example as a reason to buy American Guns. Even though its proof in and of it self buying “American” wont change bad things from happening. Why dont you start with glock and change the worlds opinion on those first, then we can talk about the Xenophobia that is being “pro… Read more »

Alan in NH

Canik makes some great pistols, as I have 2, the original TP9 and a TP9sFx. Modern designs manufactured on state of the art CNC machining centers from the finest materials available, Made in the USA is fine but it’s foolish to disregard nice stuff from around the world just because they aren’t exactly our best friends.


Turkish gun makers pay taxes and bribe money to an extremist fundamentalist Islamic regime… Why is it so hard for people to understand this? When you buy Turkish products you are supporting a country that harbors, funds and promotes terrorism. Take your absurd rambling elsewhere…


Same applies to Israel but we support them.

James Russell Bailey

@Not that Guy & @Albbac2 in NH, Tell me, are you that willfully ignorant of geopolitics and Sharia Muslim intentions in Turkey, or are you like a Kapo from the Warsaw Ghetto and the Nazi concentration camps, hoping the crocodile will eat you last? Erdogan is a wannabe Khalif who happens to be a murderous dictator wanting to Institute an Iranian like Muslim theocracy in Turkey and then the entire region. Every time a new turkish-made weapon is purchased, it literally provides Erdogan with the money he needs to make his dream become reality. So if you support the Iranian… Read more »

Alan in NH

My old eyes are wide open about world affairs and such. I remind you that Turkey is one of our NATO allies and although that might seem a bit shaky relationship at times we need all the friends we can get over there. One of the best ways to make friends is buy and sell stuff to each other. If you want to stop buying anything not made in the USA makes you feel better about yourself that’s fine too.


Interesting. I never thought about that (money going to an Islamic regime)… but you are right, thanks for pointing that out.
Looks like an interesting pistol, but I’ll pass and stick to Glock or CZ


You conflate a random business in Turkey, with a bunch of terrorists (mostly) from Saudi Arabia.

Later, you conflate the business with the State of Turkey. Is Walmart responsible for Obamacare or the Iraq war?

Quit being such a tribalist.