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  • Mr. Ed

    This IS my Happy Face
    MDS Supporter
    Jun 8, 2009
    One of the guys I regularly shoot with at Cindy's picked up a Canik, and as usual (we often shoot each other's pistols) he insisted I shoot it. Damn it, I liked it. For those folks not familiar, Canik is a Turkish made pistol imported by Century Arms. They've been around for a couple of years, but haven't gotten much coverage. So far.

    I picked mine up today and brought it home for the usual pre-break in clean and lube. More info tomorrow after I put 50 rounds through it. What I know so far from shooting the other one is that the trigger is flat out phenomenal for a striker fired gun. It has a bit more take-up than a 1911, but once at the wall the break is clean and smooth, and the reset is borderline microscopic.

    Turns out that there are some folks actually winning pistol competitions with these things, pretty much right out of the box. They come with a lot of extras (tools, 2 base plates for optics (you keep the OEM iron sight), spare screws, cleaning brush and jag, three sizes of back strap, 3 sizes of mag release button, removable mag well, two 18 round mags, threaded barrel, speed loader (not a fan), and a kydex holster (also not a fan). There's actually a real printed owner's manual, and some other safety and instruction cards on glossy card stock! Surprising for an economy gun.

    Maybe the most surprising thing is that all this came in under $650. To be sure, it's not anywhere near as polished and smooth as a Wilson Combat or Staccato. For about 1/5 the price I didn't expect it to be. We'll see how it shoots tomorrow and I hope to have some useful info. Here's a generic pic:
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    Active Member
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    Dec 6, 2012
    Canik makes great guns for the money, especially some of the competition models

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    Do Right
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    Oct 14, 2020
    Southern AA
    I've got a SFX Rival that I picked up for just over $600. It is a fantastic pistol. I've run at least 500 rounds through it, great trigger, and it just works great.


    God loves you, I don't.
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    Sep 14, 2010
    Glen Burnie
    It wasn't a bad shooter. I couldn't figure out the sight. Trying to find if it's combat,6 hold, or center hold.

    The rear sight wasn't tall(like suppressor height), but it was "deep", say like a goal post. Front sight dot centered within the rear sight height, there's room on top and the bottom. Unlike having the front sight dot fill up the whole thing(like my bottom pic).

    Once I found a 6 O'clock hold, I was putting rounds in 1 hole. I think I was holding the dot in the center of the rear sight, holding that at 6. 8-10 yards or so.
    Solid shooter once you figure sights out or put different sights on. Or maybe I just point shoot so much I forgot how to use sights.

    Definitely a fun pistol worth the money for what you get. Threw my suppressor on it and it worked great.
    *sight pictures to scale* lol

    Mr. Ed

    This IS my Happy Face
    MDS Supporter
    Jun 8, 2009
    Yep, you definitely shot the piss out of it! Hard to believe that a Turkish mass produced pistol is capable of that kind of accuracy. Of course, if anybody could make it perform, you're the guy. Heck, between bifocals and old age, I have a challenge just seeing the target.
    Jun 20, 2011
    Mineral Co WV
    I have several Caniks and they are all great guns. I have taken my SF Elite through two 1000rd classes and my daughter took the SF through one of the classes with me. For sights I like the XS Big Dots. Night Fision also makes sites for Canik.


    Junior Member
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    May 2, 2022
    Baltimore, MD
    Have about 1k rounds through my Darkside SFX rival which is very similar to this. Very flat shooting gun. Accurate. The mag release swap on this one was more difficult than any others I own. Not a fan of the holster either (especially being a lefty), but considered it a free add-on anyway. Great value. Congrats on your new addition.

    Mr. Ed

    This IS my Happy Face
    MDS Supporter
    Jun 8, 2009
    Hey OP, amongst all the different Caniks, why did you pick this one?
    Several reasons... this model retains the rear iron sight when an optic is be added. I wanted that option. From what I have read, pretty much all of the new Canik have the same trigger, which is extremely nice for a production, striker fired pistol IMHO. This particular pistol was in stock at Cindy's, and it felt 'right' in my hand. I had shot another member's Canik and really liked it. To be sure, this one won't be my last. In fact, I have another on order: Canik Rival SFX S in hard chrome.

    Many thanks to RangerWillrett for the info on after market sights... I might replace the OEM irons at some point. Blaster made a good point about the alignment of the OEM irons. I'll probably stick with the high sights as the barrel is threaded for a suppressor. And I might have such an accessory. Blaster proved that it runs just fine with a can on it. We shall see.


    Active Member
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    Dec 8, 2005
    Canik just didnt make inroads into the U.S. pistol market they crashed the party. I have shot them a time or two and they remarkably shot higher than their price tag.

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