Canik TP9SF Elite Review

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Canik TP9SF Elite

Canik TP9SF Elite Review

Specification Comparison and Reviews

Let’s get started with our Canik TP9SF Elite review. The Canik TP9SF Elite is a semi-automatic pistol designed for personal defense. It boasts a lot of features that make it an interesting choice, including the reversible magazine release button and ambidextrous slide stop lever. The safety/decocker levers are interchangeable on both sides of the frame to accommodate left-handed shooters, and there’s no manual thumb safety to get in your way when you need to get the gun out of its holster quickly.

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The trigger has been skeletonized with vertical serrations for easy operation without any extra effort from the shooter’s finger and there are three-dot steel sights that provide fast target acquisition in all light conditions. This handgun also comes with two 17 round magazines so you can shoot it to your heart’s content without having to stop and reload. The TP9SF Elite comes with CZ’s reduced power striker spring, which provides consistent primer strike regardless of the length of pull measured from the back of the slide. The stainless steel slide and nitride-finished aluminum alloy frame give this handgun a sleek, modern appearance while the aggressive checkering on the front and back grip add to its character.

Features of Canik TP9SF Elite


The Canik TP9SF Elite’s grip is mainly made up of aluminum alloy. The trigger guard is ergonomic and designed for easy access to the trigger without any extra effort. The back straps are removable, so they will fit different size hands with different back straps. For those of you looking for more comfort, the pistol comes with rubberized grip inserts. However, it does make it harder to change magazines because you have to exert additional effort to push down the magazine release button. The grip is also very rough and aggressive so your hand won’t slip when it gets sweaty. The skeletonized trigger is very nice and makes it easier to shoot the handgun faster.

Grip of Canik TP9SF Elite


The Canik TP9SF Elite comes with three-dot sights and a fiber optic front sight. The rear sight is adjustable for windage, but not elevation. While many people like to adjust the rear sight for elevation, because you want it to be on the same vertical line as your front sight, that does take some time and effort which isn’t something that many shooters want to do. The fiber optic front sight is very bright and makes it very easy for you to acquire the target quickly, which makes it easier to shoot faster, although not as fast as handguns with an electronic red dot sight. It is designed for quick target acquisition and accuracy when shooting at near distances. The sights are also very durable and resist wear from holster friction so you won’t have to worry about them breaking if you use your handgun every day.

Sights of Canik TP9SF Elite


The trigger has a very nice feel to it and is very smooth. The Canik TP9SF Elite Review states that the trigger is excellent and it’s in the price range of handguns like Glock, SIG Sauer, Springfield Armory, etc. It has a blade-type safety that can be deactivated by pushing down on it (with the side you want to shoot). Once deactivated, the gun becomes a DAO, which is double action only. The trigger has a decent bit of taking up and that takes up feels heavy. It isn’t as light as the PPQ or HK VP9, but it also doesn’t feel like you can accidentally pull the trigger with very little force. Canik TP9SF Elite is very easy to shoot.


It does come with a reduced power striker spring, which gives you consistent primer strikes regardless of the trigger pull length. This means that, no matter how long your finger pulls on the trigger, you will always get a consistent release point for every shot. The reset is nice too. Trigger reset is very short and crisp, so you can take follow-up shots much quicker than other handguns. Even though it isn’t the shortest reset available on the market, it does give you enough tactile/audible feedback that makes it easy to know when the next shot is going to go off without pulling your finger off the trigger.

Trigger of Canik TP9SF Elite


One of the biggest selling points of this handgun is that it comes with three safeties, which makes it ideal for people who are new to handguns. First, you have your standard manual safety on the side. It has a little toggle that can be easy to reach and manipulate with your firing hand thumb. It can be easily manipulated by just flicking your thumb with the proper technique. The second safety is on the trigger, where it requires about 8 lbs of pressure to pull the trigger back, which stops you from shooting until you release that tension.


The last type of safety would be your de-cocking lever or de-cocker. For the safety to engage, you need to pull this de-cocking lever down. If it’s in the upright position, then that will block your sear and prevent the gun from firing even if the trigger is pulled. For new shooters who are just getting used to handguns, you can start with all of the safeties on, which will allow you to slowly start understanding the types of safe handling with different types of handguns.


Once you feel comfortable, you can engage one or two of the safeties so that you are still safe but have more control over your handgun. Trigger pull is about 7 lbs but feels very crisp, unlike other double action only triggers. The safety levers feel very ergonomic and large enough for you to easily move them with your thumb, which helps you make sure that they are on when you need them and off when the time comes (like during a

Safeties of Canik TP9SF Elite

Magazine Release

The magazine release is reversible so if someone has smaller hands or prefers shooting right-handed, then they can lighten their load a little bit by flipping the magazine release to the other side. The magazines are made out of steel and have a polymer base plate, which helps keep them very sturdy even when you drop them on the ground. They hold 15 rounds each so if you run out of bullets in a firefight, then just pop in a fresh one! All in all, the Canik TP9SF Elite Review is pretty much the same as other handguns when it comes to shooting, cleaning, and managing ammo.

Magazine Release of Canik TP9SF Elite


Magwell is standard size. It isn’t overly wide but it’s not narrow either. The bottom of the mag well has a rubber-like piece that will help guide your magazines and make sure they go in and out easily, which makes reloading proper and easy for both left and right-handed shooters. Just pop your fresh magazine in and you are ready to shoot again. One thing that is different about the mag well is that it doesn’t have a little ledge or lip where you can rest your thumb when shooting. That means if you want to crush the grip tighter on the target, then the base plate of your magazine will dig into your hand instead of resting onto a ledge. That might take some time to get used to if you haven’t dealt with this before.


It’s easy to exchange the side plates so that you can customize them for different situations. For instance, if you are in a competition where everyone has black guns, then give yourself something unique by putting on your orange or green side plates to stand out. Or maybe you just want to have them change with every match so that you can have fun when you go out with your friends.


Aftermarket parts are easy to find. The biggest ones would be for your trigger and magazines. You can buy different triggers, which will help you get more out of your handgun once you feel that the stock one isn’t doing it for you anymore. Same with your magazines – aftermarkets should have many options so you can switch them up depending on your competition, the weather outside, or your mood.

Overall Ergonomics

Most of these handguns feel very similar to other handguns that are on the market today. It just has a slightly different feel than most, making it great for new shooters who aren’t too familiar with handling guns. The grip feels nice and is pretty ergonomic for people of all hand sizes. There is no “muzzle flip” which means even if you are just learning how to shoot, you will have less trouble trying to manage the gun on target. The magazine is made of steel, which helps keep it sturdy even when dropped at a high velocity during competition or self-defense situations.


Another safety feature is that it has interchangeable backstraps so if someone wants to make the grip smaller for their smaller hands, they can do so. It’s a small handgun with not too much kickback and it feels very comfortable to shoot. It also comes in a variety of colors such as black, tan, or FDE (flat dark earth). There is also an X5 model if you want the same handgun but in slightly different size as well as a slightly different price point. This gun is great for people of all hand sizes and experience levels.


New shooters will find it easy to handle, especially those who have never handled it before—safety features are straightforward to engage or disengage. Magazine release also works on both sides of the handgun so even if you shoot left-handed, you won’t have any problems. My favorite part of this handgun is that it uses standard slide release, which means that if you are left-handed then you don’t have to reach across your body to push it. It’s also pretty cheap for a competition handgun at around $500 which can be hard on some people’s budgets.

Advantages of Canik TP9SF Elite


It has a pretty solid build that isn’t too heavy or too light—just the right balance. It also has good precision, especially with the help of your red dot sight. If you are looking for something for self-defense purposes then this handgun can be reliable to protect yourself against potential attackers.

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This handgun can be easily accessible to people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. If you are someone who is on a budget but still wants to get into shooting then this might be the perfect pistol for you due to its low cost. It’s also great if you’re not sure if you want to put a lot of money into shooting.


It has pretty light recoil, especially compared to other handguns on the market today. It’s also extremely easy to handle, so even new shooters won’t have a problem managing it. This can help them become more confident in their skills and give them more time to practice shooting. The recoil is also consistent throughout, so if you’re trying to be precise with your shots it won’t throw off your aim.

Magazine Release

It has a reversible magazine release which helps left-handed shooters who wouldn’t normally be able to easily use one. If you are interested in learning how to shoot, then this might be a good starting point for you. It is very easy to use and does not require too much force, so even new shooters can also learn how to use it.

Disadvantages of Canik TP9SF Elite


It’s a pretty heavy handgun for the size so it might be hard to manage if you are smaller in stature. It can also be too heavy to carry around, especially for anyone who does not have experience with handguns. For people who are just starting out, they might want to find something that is lighter and easier to move around with. If you are more experienced, then the weight is not too much of an issue for you.


The trigger pull can be pretty heavy, which makes it hard to get precision shots. This means that you’re probably better off using this handgun for self-defense instead of trying to go after smaller targets like tin cans or soda cans. It can be too heavy for newer shooters to use, especially if it is their first time using a handgun.


Although it’s pretty inexpensive compared to other competition handguns on the market right now, it still costs more than some other handguns. If you are on a tight budget then this might not be the best handgun for you.


Yes, it is left-handed friendly with its reversible magazine release. It also comes with two sets of back straps which allows you to choose the size that’s most comfortable for you.

It holds up to 15 9mm rounds in each magazine.

It is quite durable, even with its pretty lightweight. Although it’s made out of polymer, it has a solid build that helps make the gun last longer.

It weighs 2.40 pounds which makes it a pretty heavy handgun, especially if you’re just starting out with shooting.

The trigger pull weight on the Canik TP9SF Elite model is around five pounds.


This handgun is great for self-defense purposes due to its reliability and durability. It’s also great for beginners who are trying to make the transition from shooting with a rifle or pistol to only handguns and would like to start with something that is not too heavy and easy enough to use. It’s also very accessible due to its cost and lightweight design, so if you’re on a budget but still want access to a handgun for self-defense or shooting purposes, then the Canik TP9SF Elite might be the perfect product for you.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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