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Canik TP9 SA Safety Concern

I recently purchased a Canik TP9 SA for review after hearing how great the pistol is, especially considering the price point (I paid just over $300 for mine). The TP9 SA is made in Turkey and imported by Century Arms for the US market. My initial impressions were very positive, so I sent the pistol to Monderno contributor Trek from MDFI and asked him to run the pistol in classes to see how it does.

Canik TP9 SA

The first thing Trek did was drop the pistol off with our buddy Steve at PerSec Systems to get a few holsters made (the one included with the pistol is garbage), and that’s when Steve discovered that the gun can be fired without engaging the trigger safety.

Here are a couple videos Trek made showing the problem.

So at this point, the pistol will be heading back to Century Arms for inspection. I want to be clear: we do not, at this time, know if this is a problem with ALL TP9 SA pistols, or just ours. Perhaps we just got unlucky, but since it’s a problem with the safety mechanism, we felt it was important to put the information out in case the problem is more widespread.

If you have a TP9 SA please check your pistol and let me know what you find in the comments. UNLOAD your pistol before checking and observe the Four Rules of Gun Safety. I will post an update once we hear back from Century Arms.


7 Responses to Canik TP9 SA Safety Concern

  1. 100atr February 19, 2015 at 11:48 am #


  2. Derek February 19, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    No issues with mine, but thanks for the heads up. Hopefully CA gets you taken care of.

  3. Jim February 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    Is this a rip off of the Glock patents

    • Jonathan February 20, 2015 at 1:59 am #

      Glocks came out in 1984, and a patent was good for 17 years at the time. Thus, the patents have run out, and the design is fair game.

      • Daniel Watters February 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

        Iver Johnson used a similar trigger safety on one of its revolver models over 100 years ago. So I dare say the concept qualifies as Prior Art.

  4. Zak Wilson February 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    One of the youtubers who reviewed this pistol had the opposite problem: if he put pressure on the trigger before depressing the trigger safety, he couldn’t disengage it with any amount of force. He sent it back and Century fixed it.

    Mine doesn’t have either problem, though honestly, I don’t consider the trigger safety very important anyway. S&W and FN just use a hinge, which seems less secure. The P320 doesn’t even bother pretending.

  5. unixfool March 3, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    No issues here (I’ve two TP9SAs). I agree with Zak, though…a problem like this won’t bother guns like the P320. IMO, the less features a gun has, the less there is to go wrong.