Gun Review: Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm Pistol

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

Virgil Caldwell for TTAG

Turkish firearms have long been popular, lower cost options for lots of gun buyers. Among the leaders in the Turkish gun making industry is Tisas. The company was founded in 1993 and they’ve have earned a good reputation for affordable and businesslike firearms based on proven designs.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

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There are a lot of CZ-75 and 1911 clones in the world. Tisas manufactures a well turned-out Browning High Power clone. The Zigana PX-9 is a close copy of the Springfield XD with some important differences. The pistol loads, operates, fires and feeds like the Springfield XD and anyone familiar with one will be able to use the other…to a point.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

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The PX-9 9mm resembles the XD a great deal — they fit the same holsters — but the design on the left face of the slide is more similar to FN pistols.

The PX-9 features am ambidextrous manual frame safety and dispenses with the grip safety many Springfields are famous for. There’s not trigger safety blade, either. These measures are almost surely contribute to the pistol’s low cost.

At most outlets the Zigana PX-9 retails for $299. An internet search found examples as low as $279. At that price the pistol’s worth a hard look. The pistol has been vetted in at least one institutional trail. Over six thousand have been ordered by the Philippine National Police.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

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The PX-9 features the same easy take down as the Springfield XD. Rotate a lever and the slide may be removed from the frame.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

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The pistol is a single action design and the trigger pull is heavy by most standards at 7.25 pounds. The initial press meets a wall and then breaks fairly cleanly.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

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When the pistol is cocked the striker is visible from a small hole in the rear of the slide. The sights are very good examples of standard combat sights. The serrated rear sight is open enough for rapid acquisition and the front post is highly visible.

A surprise on the PX-9 is a tritium insert in the front sight. That’ is a very nice touch on a pistol in this price range.

The ambidextrous safety lever is a bit stiff moving to the ‘on’ position but a quick swipe of the thumb easily disengages it when you need it. It’s tight enough to be trustworthy. Ambi safety levers are subject to rubbing on seatbelts and clothing. This one doesn’t. It’s nicely recessed, just enough to avoid snagging while leaving it easily available for your thumb when needed

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

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The pistol ships with two magazines, a speed loader, and a paddle holster. The paddle-style retention holster (plastic rather than Kydex) offers excellent adjustment, practically 360 degrees worth. It features a locking component that must be released to draw the handgun. With a bit of practice the draw isn’t difficult, but be sure that you do plenty of reps at the range. The holster, even if only used as a range holster, is a another nice touch in a $299 pistol.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

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It’s also worth noting that the Zigana PX-9 will take SIG P226 magazines so getting more mags — you can never have enough — won’t be difficult.

I lubricated the long bearing surfaces and barrel hood before firing. I loaded the two magazines with fifteen rounds each of Federal Syntech. The factory magazines were stiff to load when it came to the last three or round cartridges, a good thing. The pistol was fired at man-sized targets at 5, 7, and 10 yards.

The PX-9 never failed to feed, chamber, fire or eject. It’s remarkably comfortable to fire even for a 27-ounce (empty)  9mm. The pistol fired a couple of inches low when I went too fast on the trigger. The supplied grip insert is large and round, perhaps better results would be realized by changing the grip insert. By consciously correcting the grip I was able to put rounds into the X ring on demand.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

The Zigana PX-9 initially hit low and left, but adjusting the sights and grip was easy. (Virgil Caldwell for TTAG)

I also used several all-copper loads from Lehigh Defense. Recoil was lighter, especially with the 90 grain 1250 fps load. After firing two hundred rounds I had no need to rub my wrist. The experience was very pleasant.

I settled down and fired the pistol for absolute accuracy. I used the Bullshooter’s shooting rest. A 7.25 pound trigger is less than ideal for long range accuracy. I had previously made a number of fast chest hits at 25 yards so I expected to stay on the target at least.

I used three loads and fired three shot groups with each. These were the LeHigh Defense 105 Fracturing Hollowpoint, the Federal 115 grain Syntech, and the Hornady 115 grain Critical defense. I took my time and took every advantage I could. The five-shot groups were around four inches, with the Syntech at 4.2 inches and the Critical Defense a slightly tighter 3.7 inch- little difference statistically. During the next range session I added a +P load. The Black Hills Ammunition 115 grain TAC +P averages 1160 fps with its all copper bullet. I

ran a magazine through the pistol with good results firing at 15 yards off hand. I also had on hand the Syntech Defense 138 grain 1070 fps load. A full magazine ran just fine.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

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The Zigana PX-9 has ran really well with a broad range of bullet weights. That’s pretty much all you can ask in a duty size semi-automatic handgun. The PX-9 isn’t a tackdriver — not with that pull weight — but it isn’t a water hose either.

Tisas Zigana PX-9 9mm

The Zigana PX-9 has a short Picatinny rail for mounting lights or lasers. (Virgil Caldwell for TTAG)

For the price the PX-9 is a very capable defensive firearm and a good, affordable choice in a home defense pistol. It handles quickly, is reliable and features a tritium front sight as well as an accessory rail. In times when good guns are increasingly expensive or can’t be found at any price, the Tisas PX 9 is a very good buy.

Specifications: Tisas Zigana PX-9 Pistol

Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Locked Breech
Safety: Ambidextrous manual frame safety
Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
Sights: Fixed, Tritum front sight
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Weight: 27 ounces
MSRP: $299 (about $280 retail)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Reliability * * * * *
No problems at all with either range or personal defense rounds after hundreds of pulls of the trigger.

Accuracy * * *
With the PX-9’s heavy pull weight trigger, accuracy is average. It’s minute of bad guy and will put all the bullets center mass at seven yards. But not as accurate as CZ 75 or even a GLOCK.

Ergonomics * * * * 
Overall good. The grip frame is perhaps a bit large for the 15-round capacity. Trigger reach is easy for the average size hand.

Concealed Carry * * * *
With a proper holster (and XD holsters are plentiful) the PX-9 — which is slightly smaller than a GLOCK 19 — carries well.

Overall  * * * *
This a remarkably good pistol for the money. The reliable Tisas Zigana PX-9 packs 15+1, takes P226 magazines, fits in XD holsters and costs under $300. That’s an attractive combination.

comments

  1. avatar 007 says:

    Besides Turkish coffee, i would not by anything else with the name “Turkish” on it?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Turkish Taffy tastes pretty good, but it will pull the fillings right out of one’s teeth.

      1. avatar Roger J says:

        I was chewing on some taffy about 6 months ago and it removed a gold crown. When asked by the dentist how it came off I said taffy and he laughed. Then stated they used a similar substance to remove crowns.

        1. avatar NJ2AZ says:

          oof. i had a gold crown come off twice because of taffy like foods. in fairness, i waited so long to get it in the first place there was very little tooth left to adhere too. the third time appears to have been the charm though.

          the first time it happened, i didn’t want to deal with the waiting and a numb lip all day so i just had them put it back on without anything. biggest mistake of my life….granted it was only for about 10s til i adjusted but the pain..oooooo

        2. avatar Jerms says:

          Eh even if you have a good tooth for it to stick to they seem to come loose every 10-15 years

      2. avatar Anonymous says:

        The Turkish guns are really not that bad. You have to remember that the US is not a pinnacle of quality craftsmanship in guns either I might add with brands such as Lorcin, Cobra, Jennings, Bryco, Hi-point, and IOInc AKs. So just because you have a gun made in the USA, doesn’t mean it is a good gun unfortunately. It could be a colossal pile of shit.

        The canik P-120 is a really nice gun made in Turkey. The Tristar CZ clones are nice guns made in turkey. And I personally have the Tisas Zigana CS9 which is a decent gun (little ugly), and is accurate with a very nice trigger.

        1. avatar Bill says:

          Well said, I have a Zigana and it shoots better than my Smith & Wesson, An A Canik PT 9-mm Shoots just as Good!

    2. avatar maga says:

      totally agreed
      only stupid turks buy Turkish shit
      nothing under 1000 dollars is not American made not worth buying
      smart people buy American made quality products
      buying anything beyond American made is plain stupid
      smart people buy American stuff
      vote trump
      Make American Great Again

      1. avatar Andrew says:

        Did you have a stroke writing this?

      2. avatar Anonymous says:

        I agree. I wanted top quality – so I bought American made and now I am the proud owner of a US made cobra 380 pistol. Top quality! I was thinking about a Jennings or bryco next.

  2. avatar Ben says:

    Are Turkish roll pins more durable than Croation roll pins?

  3. avatar former water walker says:

    Man all these cool gats coming from the Caliphate. Hard pass. Oh and whatever prices posted are BS. Check out Gunbroker auctions & the insane prices crap is sellin for!!!

    1. avatar Manse Jolly says:

      Very true that. I follow all the auction sites , keeping up with the current price ranges. I have about 10 on my mental list I’m always looking for to add. Kinda a bucket list of firearms. Turk shotty like a Tristar is one of them.

      And the ammo hoarders are back at it too, probably still working on diminishing their supply from after Sandy Hook..these guys tick me off but that’s Capitalism and way, way better than anything other system.

  4. avatar Nickel Plated says:

    Sooo, it’s a budget-price knock-off, of an overpriced knock-off, of a budget-priced gun.

    Aight, cool I guess?

  5. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Well written review. No reflection on the author, but really? Another plastic 9mm. That’s exactly what we need. How about interesting articles about interesting firearms?

    1. avatar Geoff "Ammo. LOTS of ammo..." PR says:

      “Another plastic 9mm.”

      Another plastic striker-fired 9mm.

      How can it be a Browning Hi-Power clone with no hammer?

      “How about interesting articles about interesting firearms?”

      Gadsen, I’m willing to bet you have a few interesting guns in your gun safe, and likely a few interesting stories from your experiences, over the years.

      How about writing them up and submitting them to Dan Z? I’d enjoy reading them.

      Be a part of making TTAG interesting…

      (That goes for the rest of you, as well… 🙂 )

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        Geoff, I’ve thought of doing exactly that. But, I catch a large ration of shit already over just my comments. Never mind an article. Not worried about me. My feelings can’t be hurt. (Have to have feelings first.) However, I might send some readers into fits of rage resulting in burst capillaries and fits of hysteria. BTW my favorite 9mm is my Novak built Hi-Power followed closely by my factory hard chrome HK P7M8. Both more interesting than a Turkish Tubberware pistol.

        1. avatar Porridgeweasel says:

          “However, I might send some readers into fits of rage resulting in burst capillaries and fits of hysteria.”

          Depending on who gets caught up in that it may not be such a bad thing GF. 🙂

        2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          😆!

  6. avatar Greg says:

    Support Islamic Terror buy junk guns from Turkey.

    1. avatar Trollolol says:

      The United States sells more guns to terrorists thab any other group. Stop paying taxes if you want to stop supporting terrorism

      You think that billion dollar Saudi arms deal isnt going to be distributed to terrorists?

      1. avatar jwm says:

        We don’t realistically have a choice in paying our taxes.

        We do have a choice in spending our disposable income.

  7. avatar enuf says:

    No to Turkey. The country has turned away from Democracy and the civilized Western nations. It is a wonder that under the current dictator they are still aligned with NATO, though that connection looks thinner all the time.

    Buy American, or support your anti-American support by wearing the flags of the nations you care more about than your own.

    1. avatar Mercutio says:

      C’mon. Where else are you gonna buy a fez for the Shriners’ parade?

    2. avatar tdiinva says:

      But President Biden-Harris love the Turks and Iran. They need Turkish and Iranian support to finish off the Jews.

      1. avatar anyway says:

        You mean the Jews who are funding them and voting for them, or the small minority of the Jewish community who actually believe in liberty?

    3. avatar Trollolol says:

      Lol America actively arms terrorists.

      How many guns did Trump sell to the Saudis, you know the guys behind 9/11?

    4. avatar laffing dukk says:

      I would definitely only buy American and according to my conscience if I had unlimited means. I didn’t (knowingly) buy anything made in China since at least 1990–and refused to even have a cell phone b/c of not only Chinese manufacturing, but of the cobalt, coltan, etc and the ethics involved in obtaining these type minerals. But then I was faced with a choice during the 2008ish recession–my boss told me get a cell phone if I wanted to keep my job–he needed to be able to reach me. The economy + the small town I lived in gave me few choices to “get another job”. I was newly widowed, renting a tiny room, and barely keeping my car in gas and my chihuahua fed. So I got the damn phone because of a higher priority than not supporting commie Chinese death camp lords–keeping my dog fed and myself from being homeless/jobless. I am SO far past this economic situation, but still have a dilemma. I live in the ppl’s republic of California, gun/ammo control is out of control here, people are hoarding, violence is brewing, I am not about to be homeless but resources are definitely limited. I don’t have anywhere near $1000 to spend on a gun that is made in US and may/may not have an ethical supply chain. Do I go without a gun? Or get a $300 Turkish gun (still off-roster in CA..but hey, those laws are illegal) to make sure I can protect myself and my cat if dumbass violence-mongers and brain-dead protestors get violent after Trump gets elected? If I can afford an Israeli gun and bought it (my preference), some anti-semitic prick will criticize for that. If I get some version of a Makarov, I’m sure some will feel that’s unethical. But again, some are affordable milsurp, and shippable into CA. Do I want to support the Caliphate/Erdogan and their ilk? of course not. But I want to have the ability to defend myself if needed–and if the only way to do it is to purchase a gun that benefits a company from an anti-freedom country, I will do it. If I’m dead it won’t matter whose government I supported. If I stay alive, maybe I can keep earning enough money to purchase 100% with my conscience. if anyone has any other suggestions for an inexpensive, deadly, easily obtainable protection device, I will accept all suggestions. Or any suggestions on where the hell to get an adequate (large) supply of 9 x 18 Silver Bear 94 gr Makarov ammo, comment below. B/c in addition to the Zigana PX-9, I can actually afford to get a CZ-82 if prices don’t keep going up so fast

      1. avatar The TTAG Shadow says:

        laffing dukk:
        How about a Hi-Point. They’re ugly, but they work and are affordable (cheap). And, they’re American made, so you don’t have to support the Turks.

  8. avatar lepke says:

    a turkish product or buy a springfeild product ?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Neither. IMHO.

      1. avatar American says:

        What’s the difference!? LOL

        1. avatar S.Crock says:

          One is made in turkey and supports terrorism. One is made in Croatia and supports gun control.

  9. avatar grumpster says:

    I am all for more options for the consumer but when it comes to auto loading pistols I recommend to anyone that asks to look at Ruger or Smith and Wesson SD9VE for a lower priced double stack striker fired pistol. Getting parts or service for some of these imports can be a nightmare.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Yeah, I’ve been thinking about the Ruger Security 9 or maybe a Taurus G3. They both seem like solid choices in the same price range. Plus they’re American made. Plus, as you said, if I did need replacement parts, they’re be readily available.

    2. avatar Tired of the bs says:

      I have an older sw40ve, trigger basically sucks but hasn’t ever failed in any way. Plastic sights are kinda cheesy. 14+1 Got it in a trade. Makes a great truck/ trunk gun. I trust it completely. Would recommend it.

        1. avatar Tired of the bs says:

          Thanks for the link. I’ve been thinking about that but it’s kinda a back burner thing, been spending on mags and ammo and stocking up on other stuff. But now that prices are outa sight that’s probably a good thing to spend a few bucks on.

  10. avatar LifeSavor says:

    My wife has finally agreed to own and carry a gun. She is small and cannot rack a pistol. So thinking of a revolver. She could not handle the recoil from a 9mm.
    I am even concerned about the recoil from a 380. So, thinking of starting her off with a 22LR revolver.

    She has had a long history of serious health issues, so we need to make it easy and go slowly.

    Looking at Rugers. Any other suggestions?

    1. avatar No_Ones_Home says:

      Current manufacturers/makes of new double-action .22 revolvers I can quickly think of…

      NAA Pathfinder
      Various Ruger
      Various Smith & Wesson
      Taurus 942

      1. avatar LifeSavor says:

        NOH,

        Thank you!

        1. avatar Dave G. says:

          LifeSavor:
          Double action .22 revolvers tend to have a heavy DA trigger pull (because of rimfire). I just changed the hammer spring in a Ruger SP101, but I’ve yet to see if I actually got away with it.

      2. avatar dph says:

        I think you mean the Charter Arms Pathfinder, I was all excited for a minute that NAA was making a double action mini revolver.

        1. avatar No_Ones_Home says:

          You’re correct and I apologize. That’s what I get for ‘thinking’ & ‘typing’ at the same time.

    2. avatar Anner says:

      Trigger pull on rimfire DA revolvers is generally heavier than centerfire models. It’s intentional, to help ensure reliable ignition. Since you can’t dry-fire them, highly recommend renting or borrowing one first to shoot it and see if the trigger will work for her. Dry-firing a centerfire version will not be a fair comparison since those have slightly lighter triggers.

      If recoil and hand strength are the issue, some recommendations:
      S&W Shield EZ (.380)
      Ruger SR22 (.22LR)
      Ruger LCR (.357Mag model for the heavier weight, then load the softest .38Spec SWCs you can find)
      Beretta Bobcat/Tomcat (.22LR/.25ACP/.32ACP) – Don’t need to rack the slide to load it

      An oddball: NAA Black Widow (.22LR). The limitation is cocking the SA hammer. If she can do that, the rest is easy. The triggers are tiny but not very heavy. The Black Widow model (and Mini-Master, longer barrel) have great sights. Recoil is negligible in .22LR. Stowing the hammer in the safety notches between rounds keeps it very safe in a pocket or purse, though a tiny holster always adds security.

      1. avatar LifeSavor says:

        Anner,

        Ah! I had not thought about the trigger pull. Good point! Absolutely need to test that.

        I like the Berretta; the light-up barrel will make it easy for her. Going to look at the Black Widow, also.

        Deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness!

      2. avatar Torn says:

        Beretta Bobcat .32 has absolutely the worst recoil I have encountered in a long time! After thinking about that it’s a straight Blowback, my Kel-Tec.32 is a locked breech. World of difference.

    3. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      Life, if she has a hard time racking a slide she may also have trouble with a DA trigger. Setting that aside, I would look for a vintage S&W Kit Gun. 2″. They come dear, but deals can be found. I recently brokered a deal where Randy sold one to Chris (both friends of mine) for $400.

      1. avatar LifeSavor says:

        Gadsden,

        The trigger could be an issue. I had not heard of the S&W Kit gun, but will definitely look into it.

        Thank you for taking the time to advise!

        1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          Life! Never heard of a S&W Kit
          Gun? Blasphemy! A beautiful piece of the handgun art. Built on the J frame. .22 LR. 2-4″ barrel. A 4″ round butt has rode in my hunt pack for decades. It has administered the occasional mercy shot, put small game in the pot, dispatched the odd eastern diamondback and sorted out a few nest raiders. No serious firearms battery is complete without one.

    4. avatar jwm says:

      As has been stated .22s are problematic because of the trigger pull. If recoil is a problem and working the slide is a problem find one of the new revolvers chambered in .327. If that is too much the same revolver will work with .32 S&W Long. It’s a pussycat of a round.

      If you can find one of the old S&W revolvers chambered in the .32 round you can have a decent option. I believe they’re called I frames.

      1. avatar LifeSavor says:

        JWM,

        .327, .32. Had not considered those. Thank you for widening my view!

        Gonna get the woman shootin’, somehow, someway.

        I appreciate the guidance!

        1. avatar Anner says:

          I forgot about the very LCR I carry in my pocket: a 327. Capacity is bumped up to 6 (vs 5 in 38/357), it’s the same weight as the 357, and .32S&W Long loads are extremely mild (softer than the softest 38’s).

          LG has a great article on the .32 family of cartridges:
          https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/why-the-best-snub-nose-caliber-is-32/

          I plink with Longs, occasionally burn a box of H&R Mag for fun, train a little with 327, and carry Underwood 327 loads. It’s an immensely versatile revolver.

          The factory LCR boot grips are pretty good, but I bought these for a full grip and like them a lot more:
          https://www.hogueinc.com/handgun-grips/ruger-grips/lcr/enclosed/g10/ruger-lcr-lcrx-solid-black-smooth-g10-grip

          You can find .32 speed strips for reloads as well.

          Happy hunting!

        2. avatar Dude says:

          If you’re okay with the recoil, the Speer Gold Dot 327 round looks to be extremely effective, even out of a short barrel.

    5. avatar Auxwood_rebel says:

      Double action 22lr revolvers all notoriously have crappy triggers, and single actions are not most peoples’ choice for conceal carry. You might try looking at the ruger lcr in 327 with the intent to use 32 s&w longs (pricey ammo but with plenty of factory wadcutters available). The other thing might be a steel framed 380 or 32 acp but again 380 isn’t cheap AT ALL!

    6. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

      The Ruger SR22 is a good choice. Reliable, able to mount a light etc. We have 3 in the family

    7. avatar Roger Cerasoli says:

      Have you checked out the Smith and Wesson M&P .380 EZ? My wife is rather small framed as well, and she handles it well. Very easy racking and the mags have a built-in thumb tab that helps with loading. I’m looking for a 9mm version now for myself.

  11. avatar Bigus Dickus says:

    I’d rather own a Hi Point.

    Oh yeah, I already do.

  12. avatar Carlwinslo says:

    Better than buying from Springfield!

  13. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Yeah,thanks but No Thanks.

  14. avatar cgray says:

    Lotta inbred, xenophobic hicks on this thread.

    Guess I know what my next gat purchase is going to be.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Yeah, that’ll show ’em.

      1. avatar cgray says:

        No, but it’ll make me smile when I get a good deal on a new pistol and a bunch of inbred, xenophobic hicks didn’t.

        So, there’s that.

        1. avatar FormerParatrooper says:

          There is something about sending money to a company in a Country that is turning against the west. Just like all the money sent to China. Doesn’t seem proper to support those who would rather we were gone.

          Go ahead and support them. At least we know where your loyalties are.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      First. I don’t think you own a gun. And second. Why do you feel the need to bring your family history into it?

      1. avatar cgray says:

        44 gats, currently.

        And your “insult” was a piss poor effort. Try harder or don’t try at all, son.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          You’re that guy, aren’t you? You can dish them out but you get butt hurt if somebody dishes back.

          I still think you don’t own a single one.

        2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          44? Well, everyone has to start somewhere.

        3. avatar GS650G says:

          If you own 4 dozen guns then what exactly is with your attitude?

        4. avatar jwm says:

          He doesn’t own 4 dozen guns and the attitude is general issue to trolls.

        5. avatar cgray says:

          44 isn’t “four dozen”, rocket surgeon. Four short. Math much?

          Oh, and as for “my attitude”—phony conservatives who suck cop nuts all day every day and twice on Sunday are repulsive, and I make my opinion known.
          There’s no racism and xenophobia in true conservatism. I let that be known, too.

          Freedom of speech really pisses you “constitutional conservatives” off, doesn’t it?

  15. avatar GS650G says:

    If people can get past their issues with Turkey’s leadership and religion the guns made there very good.
    Funny how guns from Russia and other oppressive countries don’t get the same treatment.

    1. avatar cgray says:

      Russians aren’t as “swarthy” as Turks, don’t you know.

      1. avatar Someone says:

        You know how I recognize idiot in a crowd? He’s the one who starts to yell “raceeees!” no matter what is discussed.

    2. avatar Manse Jolly says:

      and Italians, Japanese (who make some good stuff from Browning)

      If a gun manufacturer makes good firearms then it makes good firearms

      We fought both countries at one time, hell we’ve fought just about everybody..

    3. avatar Idaho Boy says:

      Maybe we are more pissed about Turkey because they used to be much better friends than Russia ever was.

      Turkey was a relatively progressive secular democracy for a very long time, and has only recently begun to slide into a sectarian dictatorship.

      Russia, not so much. They were certainly secular during the Soviet days, but hardly democratic.

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        The Turkish government was no one’s friend, ever.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Just ask the Armenians.

      2. avatar Idaho Boy says:

        I agree that “Friend” was probably not the right word to use. “Reliable ally” is probably more accurate. As in, “Now that Turkey is no longer a “reliable ally”, we shouldn’t be storing nuclear weapons there.

    4. avatar Auxwood_rebel says:

      I went to the police academy with an Iraqi Kurd, served America as an interpreter, but yeah I’m sure those turkish guns are great…

  16. avatar wr Roberts says:

    My dad served beside some Turks in Korea. Said they really knew how to fight.
    Their particularly liked bayonet charges. Always pays you feel sorry for all those Chinese. But not really.
    Also knew a guy stationed in Turkey in the Air Force.
    He was walking in his uniform one day and walked by the police station. Struck up a conversation of sorts– mostly sign language- and the guys ending up showing him every H K and grenade launcher in the PD
    long long time ago

  17. avatar Idaho Boy says:

    It’s bad enough that Turkey is rapidly becoming a sectarian dictatorship. We are also spending a lot of time, money, and trouble to extricate Turkey from the Joint Strike Fighter program, because they insist on buying anti-aircraft missiles from Russia. We should kick them out of NATO and boycott their asses until they decide to rejoin the family of secular democracies.

  18. avatar possum says:

    A gunm two mags and a holster aint bad for three hundred bucks.

  19. avatar The Rookie says:

    Good review!

  20. avatar Dog46 says:

    the gun industry really has to stop helping the turks. these people are NOT our friends and every dollar you give them supports them and their faiths goal of a global caliphate.

    if youre going to advocate for something Turkish then lets advocate retaking Constantinople and stopping the spread of the “religion of peace”

  21. avatar [email protected]K erdogan says:

    Ill pass on funding another erdogan and his islamic buddies.

  22. avatar American says:

    Nice review on a interesting gun. I don’t let politics interfere with smart human Ingenuity.

    1. avatar Roger Cerasoli says:

      Yes, despite my leanings, politics do not dampen my enjoyment when I fire my Panzer Arms AR-12 down the range!

  23. avatar Kharn says:

    To all the people that say they refuse to buy a gun because its from Turkey, how stupid can you get? The Turks make great weapons, affordable, high quality and decent looking to boot.

    1. avatar Idaho Boy says:

      The wonderful thing about a competitive marketplace is that we can all make our own choices, for our own reasons, without really missing out on much. Sure, I might pay a little more for a non-Turkish firearm, but it will still go bang when I pull the trigger.

  24. avatar James Ivy says:

    God an option instead of the traitors Springfield Armory and out turns out to be from a genocidal government, that pistol is cursed

  25. the old 22/32 kit guns made in 22lr and also 32S&Wlong ( that’s where the 22/32 comes from) were good guns made on S&Ws “I” frame. and both had very good triggers. then they switched to being made on the “J” frame . still with good triggers. and still very nice guns. later the 22lr versions came out in all aluminum and so on and their triggers got really crappy, supposively to make sure the round goes off. which if the round doesn’t want to go off, the harder hammer strike was supposed to make it go off, and it does not. it only ruins the trigger pull. as far as this gun being reviewed goes, the grip is too big, and needs to be on a version with a longer barrel. and this version should have a shorter grip. not all Turkish people are happy about their government, and their government needs to go back to being a democrocy. but I think their people still have the right to own guns so far.so hate their government, but not all their people. and yes, braindead Joe Biden loves the commie like government that Turkey now has as well as Iran ( but not all the people, the arab spring really started their but the Iranian government fired on the people when they demostated against their government and of course the people did not have guns. which is the utopia Biden is aiming for here).

  26. avatar wr Roberts says:

    Well lots of folks need work in Turkey I guess.
    There have been times when I would not want to be judged by my government and we all send a lot of bucks one way or the other to the People’s Republic of NY and New Jersey–hell of it is lots of truly good, great people there— somehow they got the shit end of the stick with their government—-
    Just a thought.

  27. avatar T says:

    Another option. Thank you TTAG.

  28. avatar steven lee says:

    The PX-9 is a solid choice for home defense. I have run about 500 rounds through mine at this point. It does have a heavy trigger pull as stated in the article and does fire a bit low to the left also as stated in the article. This is a good buy for entry level or for home defense. This article is spot on. It is not as accurate as my Glock 48 however, the rear sight is adjustable and I will work with that on the range to resolve the low firing issue. I am comparing to the following, Glock 23 and 48, M&P40, XDs9, Beretta Cheetah in 32ACP and a Colt 1911 MKIV. I have never had a misfeed with any type of ammo. The PX-9 has been around for a number of years. It was released in 2014 with very few changes. Good Solid gun for the money.

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