Apex Gunsmithing
26May/14

Overview: Canik TP-9 (Walther P99 Clone)

Continuing with the Turkish made budget guns I have on hand, today's look is at the Canik TP-9.  This $300 (as of the time of writing) pistol brings to market a much cheaper alternative to Walther's premium priced polymer pistols and is available in a wide array of colors.  Ours is black, because we're boring like that.

If you want the TL;DR jump to the bottom for the Summary segment and enjoy the pictures!

For anyone who enjoys my gunsmith rambling about design and manufacture quality, I'll be following this one up with a separate tech review as well as a full detail strip and reassembly guide.

Profile view of the TP-9

Profile view of the TP-9

18Mar/14

Turkish Invasion!

Forget the Russians, it's the Turks that are invading!  This week has been a flood of Turkish built guns coming in for customers who have been kind enough to let me do a little tabletop reviewing to give my thoughts on the overall quality and design.  I've posted numerous times about Turkish made guns and their surprisingly good quality for the price, so hopefully this bunch holds true to that pattern.

Here's the list of what I've gotten in and will be doing overviews of this week and next:

  • TISAS Zigana Sport (9mm)
  • EAA/SAR B6P (9mm)
  • SAR S-120 (9mm)
  • Girsan MC312 Tactical (12ga)
  • Linberta/Buyuk Huglu LSTAC G2 (12ga)
  • Sarac/Pasa Makina PASIMAX (12ga)
  • NATMIL BR-99 (12ga)

It's interesting to see the variety of arms factories coming out of the woodwork in Turkey, where up until recently Sarsilmaz was the only somewhat well known maker to buyers here in the US.  Generally importers of inexpensive guns will downplay or outright mask the original manufacturer, either to promote their own brand or because let's face it... "Buyuk Huglu" isn't a name that's going to catch on with American buyers.

Stay tuned for a whole bunch of posts with a whole lot of pictures!

18Jan/14

Hands On: Canik55 Stingray-C

For several years now, one of the best kept secrets in the gun world was the quality of firearms being imported from Turkey.  The Turks have a long, colorful history of small arms manufacture and the Canik plant is among the most modern firearms manufacturing locations in the world.  Until recently many of their guns have slipped quietly under the radar, shoved into the depths of surplus catalogs and hawked by importers like Century who, let's face it, don't have the best reputation in the gun world.  Despite all of that, the Turkish produced CZ clones have finally caught on and are gaining real traction in the gun world.

7Jan/14

LH9 Breakdown Part 2: Process and Thoughts

Before I get into a detailed and illustrated step by step tutorial, I figured I would post a quick order of operations and some thoughts on the Daewoo design.  That includes how the mysterious Triple Action system works, some comments on design and a few major "gotcha" spots that will save time and aggravation.

7Jan/14

LH9 Breakdown Part 1: Diagram

As a gunsmith one of my favorite pastimes is to rip apart guns I haven't seen before to challenge my mechanical aptitude. And usually my patience, but that's another story entirely. If you bought an LH9, DP51 or any other variant of the excellent Daewoo lineage but haven't been able to find good information on the pistol's internals, you've come to the right place!

17Oct/13

First Impressions: Sccy CPX-2

I've been eyeing up the Sccy pistols for some time now, having heard a lot of pretty positive things about the company and products.  I'm more than a little familiar with the design, having worked on several Keltec P11 or P40 pistols in the past.  It's always seemed like a very good idea and design that just wasn't executed as well as it could be... and Sccy aims to fix that.