Canik Mete SFX
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Just to be clear, Canik’s new line of pistols — named Mete in honor of a hero of Turkish history who is credited with building the world’s first regular army over 2000 years ago — is pronounced “met-a.” As in META. As in Most Effective Tactic Available.

We’re not sure assigning a moniker that’s sure to be mispronounced in the English-speaking world at least as often as it’s said correctly constitutes the most effective tactic available (and who are we to mete out criticism of the new name, anyway?), but we’ve always been impressed by Canik’s firearms and their value versus the competition.

Here’s Canik’s announcement of first two pistols in the new Mete series . . .

“The Evolution of Superiority” has arrived! The Canik brand of firearms is proud to unveil the latest innovation in pistols with the Mete (pronounced Met-A) series of handguns. The Mete name pays homage to a legendary Turkish hero. This line of pistols undoubtedly lives up to its namesake. Building off of the TP series success, the evolution of this line is based on consumer and engineering feedback that were not only desired enhancements but also functional improvements. The Mete series is the culmination of years of tireless testing and engineering resulting in a truly impressive end result!

The first two pistols being released in the Mete series are the Mete SFx and the Mete SFT. The changes in the Mete series were all designed to take a great product and elevate it to the next level of semi-automatic sporting pistols. The external changes are subtle but are instantly recognizable when handling the firearm. An integrally flared mag-well allows for fluid reloads and extra support for the grip, new aggressive texturing to include the front of the grip allows for increased stability, the double undercut trigger guard secures the support hand on the firearm, the low profile slide stop lever and angled rear sight edge increase functionality in a multitude of situations, a co-witnessing optics ready slide cut now accepting everything from a Trijicon RMRcc all the way to a micro optic allows for a constant and reliable sight picture, an ergonomically redesigned beavertail for comfortability, and a holster fit-and-lock (HFL) system for retention in the holster. The internal changes begin with easy in / easy out push pins that can be removed using slight pressure and the Canik punch. From there the entire platforms internals are modular in a sense that it can be completely disassembled and then reassembled with ease using only the aforementioned Canik punch.

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Each pistol comes standard with the following items: A hard case, 18 and 20 standard capacity magazines, magazine E-Z loader, mag-well, extra back strap, two optics plates, reversible IWB/OWB holster, Canik punch and toolkit, cleaning kit, gun lock, and manual. Many Canik accessories are interchangeable between the TP series and Mete series to include barrels except for the Mete SFx barrel which has been extended to 5.2” for increased accuracy and velocity.

The Mete series of pistol’s MSRP has been established to continue the tradition of great value for an even better price with the SFT set at $519.99 and the SFx at $574.99. “The Canik Mete series is the result of taking the time to hear what the firearms community has asked for, figuring out how to incorporate these requests into our platform, and ultimately how to make the best sporting firearm for the price on the market today. The Mete truly is the evolution of superiority” said Canik USA marketing director Adam Ruonala. The Mete SFx and SFT are now shipping to distributors and dealers across the country and more information can be found about these and other Canik products at

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    • I dunno, unless their polymer or molding process is bad, should last as long as any other Glock, HK, Sig, FN, S&W, CZ, or other poly frame pistol.

      • Jethro W M you are always good for laugh. You should stay out of subjects you know nothing about. Your xenophobia and bigotry shine through once again. As usual you speak with the lips of your rectum spewing out the usual ignorant rectum gas.

        The Turkish Arms industry goes back many, many years. They made a very good copy of the 98 Mauser Rifle and in modern times make some very good shotguns and pistols.

        Armalite once made their T24 pistol which a copy of the CZ 75 and was made for Armalite in Turkey. I have a close friend who has one and I morn the day I did not also buy one before they were discontinued. His gun is outstandingly accurate and reliable but does have the usual CZ gritty trigger pull although it does release at an acceptable 5.5 lbs.

        I have a brother that hunts with a Turkish side by side 20 gauge as well as a Turkish auto loader and he has had no problems with either

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      • The original Canik clone of the Walther P99 the tp9 will shoot 2.5 inches at 25 yards and comes very close to the accuracy of my Walther P99. Both the Canik and the Walther will shoot many thousands of rounds with no problems or jams.

        • I have 2 Made In Turkey Sar 9 handguns and needless to say they are not for sale, trade or rent. I’ve owned a Glock 20 and 17 and both were very nice weapons but with the Sar9 I do not miss them.
          Like 99% of firearms out of the box they need to be dismantled and properly tweaked with experience. At this pont the only advantage Glock has over my Sar9s is Glock parts are plentiful.
          Prior to my Sar9s I came very close to buying a Canik Blackout because it is also a very good firearm at an affordable price.

          If I had issues with product origin I would have never owned Honda, Kawasaki, VW, shopped at Harbor Freight, never smoked a Cuban Cigar or be using a Made In China device to post this reply, etc. The Canik Meta is something I will take a look at.

        • If chicomland is on your list of acceptable county of origin you need to recalibrate. The CCP is the enemy of the US and freedom.

      • Also the Mete is a pre-loaded striker fired pistol which have two inherent problems. The first is that pre-loaded striker fired guns have notoriously low striker energy as compared to hammer fired guns. One can verify this by simply partially seating a primer in an empty case (without powder or bullet) and then attempting to fire it off.

        Most if not all hammer fired pistols will drive the high primer down into the primer pocket until it bottoms out and fire it off while pre-loaded striker fired guns like the Glock and the Walther P99 and I am assuming the Mete will fail the test every time even with repeated strikes on the same primer.


      • The second problem of many pre-loaded striker fired guns is a rough , gritty trigger pull but in all fairness the much worshiped CZ 75/85 suffer from the same problem but that is merely a lack of workmanship not a design flaw as found in many pre-loaded striker fired guns.

        So in conclusion Jethro W M take up golf you certainly failed down through the years to learn anything about the firearms industry. You do get a gold star for class clown though. Keep the laughs rolling for us

        • SA-Mann dacian. Like all fascists you are a shameless windbag.

          Your father was the gunsmith, not you. Once you hit puberty and your troubles came to the forefront he would not let you near a gun. Smart man.

          You only come here for the spankings, right?

    • I would be more worried about simple bending from heat buildup. I once had a polymer framed gun years ago (no, not a Glock) that did just that. The “chin” of the lower frame warped enough – after repeated trips to the range during Summer days and 300 rds – to affect the upper’s slide. I got rid of that gun.

      Interestingly enough, after a few years now of instructor-led classes in which literally hundreds of rounds were put through it each day, my favorite Polymer80 ‘Glock’ is still rock solid and straight. My favorite gun.

    • I’m in the same boat. I preferred the Canik CZ clones. P-120, C-100, T-120, etc.
      Liked the P-120. It was a steel slide and steel frame, and you could pick a standard cz75 grip of near infinite selection available online.

    • 60,000 round NATO verification test passed with the highest score ever given to a handgun. An ISO 9001 certified manufacturer. The company with the most government contracts world wide.

      Read up on the company and the Canik specifications and I think you will see that the frame is not going to crack.

  1. Hhhhmmmm 🤔
    We are but beggars to our own demise.

    Fueling the very types of things destroying us. It isn’t the gun. It’s the Turkish government.

    • Turkey is a NATO member. If you really think not buying a few handguns makes a bit of difference I have some bad news for you.

      • Not a very good member. They just want the handouts and weapon deals. Turkey is no friend of the United States.

      • I went through this recently while leaving my gun range. A fellow shooter whom gave me shit about my Canik SPX as I was packing up to leave was getting into his Silverado nearby, so I walked over, saw his VIN started with a 3, and congratulated him for contributing to Mexico`s exports ( in addition to most of the drugs and illegal aliens into the US.) How many of you are aware most of the Beretta O/U s are also built in Turkey, along with the new Weatherby O/US, and I’d venture a guess that a whole lot of other stuff does too. Assembled in the USA is a whole lot different than MADE in the USA.

        • I didn’t know about those particular shotguns but I do know there is much Turkish walnut furniture out there.

        • “Assembled in the USA is a whole lot different than MADE in the USA.”

          My new .22lr Beretta 21A ‘Covert’ (threaded barrel) is stamped “MADE IN THE USA”.

          (And the matching GSL ‘Pill Box’ wipe suppressor for it is currently resting comfortably in a local NFA ‘jail’ that allows ‘conjugal visits’.)

          That’s my new ‘Velo Dog’ setup for bike riding… 🙂

        • Thanks for the response. That makes sense as the 686 line is Berettas entry level offering.I own quite a few Beretta OUs and know they are all made in Gardone VT Italy.

      • I currently have a response I made earlier awaiting moderation (I included several website links) that concerns a brief bit of internet research I did on Canik.

        In short- Canik appears to be a trademark of Samsun Domestic Defense and Industry Corporation located in Samsun, Turkey. Samsun is a subsidiary of Aral Industry Corporation- which is not immediately easily identifiable.

        There is a Turkish Company named Aral Video Games and Consumer Electronics that handles production, distribution, marketing, and logistics for several international brands and electronics groups.

        And there is Aral Industry Corporation that is a Petrochemical, Power, and Engineering Corporation located in Tehran, Iran.

        I do not claim to know the answer- but I sure would be interested in knowing exactly what company actually “owns” Canik. And I’d bet a lot of others would be interested, too…

        • To Klaus… I unfortunately can’t find the reference book that I found that in right now, but I know that I was looking for info on a Vursan o/u that I was looking at buying. Somewhere around 2000, the Vursan line disappeared, and it turns out it was purchased by Benelli/Beretta both to get rid of competition and for it’s production capacity. The plant turns out complete Stoeger shotguns and various barrel sets and monoblocks for various brands, including the silver pigeon that I ended up with shortly after that. So no, they don’t build completed 686s, they are more of a captive supplier of components.By “most of”, I meant a majority of components.

        • A search will also pull up the German petrol company Aral but it isn’t that either. What you want is Aral Endüstri Ürünleri (Istanbul, TR) which owns Samsun Yurt Savunma (Samsun, TR) which includes the Canik brand.

        • The Canik brand has nothing to do with the company you mentioned. Canik brand is a subsidiary of Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) Company. It is a company that is completely under the management of the Turks. The name “Aral” is the surname of the founder of the company, but the name of the company is not Aral. Samsun Yurt Savunma meaing “Samsun Homeland Defense”. Samsun is city in blacksea region of Turkiye. Just like the city of Düzce, where the Sarsılmaz Silah Sanayi Company is located. The Black Sea region is a region where weapons are produced with excellent workmanship. They make spectacular handmade pistols.

  2. “who is credited with building the world’s first regular army over 2000 years ago“

    The first regular army is far older then 2000 years ago. 2000 years ago is roughly the time of Julius Cesar and the Romans had been doing that for 500 years already. The first regular army is easily over 6000 years ago and was probably Egyptian.

  3. After a cursory search:

    So… since internet research is not my area of expertise- I’d like to hear more about the companies involved with Canik/Samsun/ARAL. Any takers?

    I’d bet there’s a lot of people who’d like to know if Canik falls under the umbrella of a Turkish Video Game/Electronics Company, or an Iranian Petrochemical/Engineering Corporation.

    I’m sure curious…

  4. I’ve never understood why Canik doesn’t get more pr or at least do more advertising.

    I have the previous style with the decocker (and I’ve never had a problem with it or using it and yes I use it on occasion.) and the visual and touch design so that you can tell if the chamber is loaded. So with the cocked indicator on the back of the slide there is no excuse for not knowing whether the firearm is loaded and cocked or not. easy to take down, clean and oil and back in battery in minutes. Nice case that came with a hard holster (which you can’t use with a laser sight), cleaning tools and the aforementioned inserts to adjust the grip.

    Plus it’s fun to shoot. (well at least while prices of ammo were lower.) For the money. I’d put the Canik up against any of the higher priced firearms out there.

  5. I love my TP9SF. It is what I normally carry every day. The gun is accurate, reliable, has shown itself to be durable (slide finish does wear a bit however). For me, it points and hits intuitively. I don’t give a crap about Turkey, i like the pistol. Saying Turkish guns are bad, collectively, is ignorant.

  6. To all the Fudds talking about polymer warping – this isn’t the 1980s anymore.
    More importantly, Canik is a staple of competition shooters. If these guns were trash people wouldn’t be running them in USPSA/IPSC.

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