Canik TP9DA 9mm Pistol Diversity Ammunition

Canik TP9DA 9mm Pistol Diversity Ammunition

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Canik TP9DA 9mm Pistol:

1025: Pick up Canik TP9DA 9x19mm pistol from gun shop. Saratoga, Wyoming.

1605: Field strip, quick inspection, consequently apply FrogLube Extreme to inner rails and around outer chamber and barrel. Reassemble, function check.  Saratoga, WY.

1710: Arrive pistol range, Spur Outfitters, Encampment, WY. Begin initial testing.

1822: Complete initial evaluation phase of pistol. Total rounds fired – 204.

Canik TP9DA 9mm Pistol Disassembled FrogLube

Canik TP9DA 9mm Pistol Disassembled FrogLube


Engagement of steel reactive targets happened at various distances. The pistol operated using both the decocked striker and engaged striker. Ammunition used in the evaluation was a mix of Black Hills 124g. JHP, Nosler 115 JHP, Winchester “Forged” steel case 115 FMJ, Federal aluminum case 115g FMJ, Perfecta brass case 115g. FMJ. and CorBon DPX 115g. HP.

Pistol was fired from two-hand hold with dominant right hand, right hand only, left hand only, and two handed using left hand as dominant. Drills began with TP9DA pistol in the decock mode in the Canik holster that was supplied with the pistol.  Both of the 18 rounds magazines supplied with the pistol were used along with other full capacity TP9 magazines.

During the initial testing phase, the Canik TP9DA pistol with burnt bronze finish experienced zero (0) stoppages or malfunctions. Every magazine locked the slide to the rear on empty. Magazines dropped on the ground during reloading sequences. All drills began with a round chambered and a full 18 round magazine inserted.

The rounds were impacting approximately one to two inches above the hold of the front sight point from a distance of 15 meters. The factory zeroed the windage exactly left and right.

The white dot front sight was quick to acquire thanks to the completely blackened rear sight. The DA trigger option, while naturally heavier than the SA setting, did not hinder first shot placement on targets as small as a ¼ sized steel silhouette or an 8 inch steel plate. Second and third follow up shots using the SA mode allowed for rapid hits on target.

Initial Conclusion:

As a result of the initial testing, the Canik TP9DA pistol performed admirably during the initial testing and evaluation phase. All manual controls functioned as expected. The gun showed no favoritism between inexpensive practice ammunition and premium defensive loads. Ergonomics were solid and the gun indexed on target quite naturally with either the right or left hand.

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