The New Canik TP9 Elite SC 9mm 12+1 Sub Compact Pistol

And we now have the third pistol in the last week that’s aimed directly at the market position of the SIG P365. First the Hellcat. Earlier today, the M&P M2.0 Subcompact. Now, Century Arms has announced the new Canik TP9 Elite Sub Compact.


It’s a 12+1 polymer striker fired carry gun that ships with a 12-round and 15 round magazine and has an MSRP of $429. Here’s Century’s press release . . .

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – (October 2, 2019) – Century Arms is proud to introduce the newest addition to the already impressive Canik line of handguns.  The TP9 Elite Sub Compact (SC) is a concealable, lightweight, reliable, double stacked, striker-fired polymer pistol. This pistol comes chambered in 9mm and features a 12 round standard capacity, while still being easily concealed at an impressive 1.45” width and 6.70” overall length.  This pistol capitalizes on all of the amazing features the Canik brand has become known for while adapting to the needs of the discreet firearms owner.


“The demand for a reliable, double stacked, concealable handgun, at a price point the blue-collar American could afford without sacrificing quality or comfort was a challenge the Canik team accepted head-on!  We are proud to say that the TP9 Elite SC is exactly that, a superior handgun,” said Adam Ruonala, Century Arms National Director of Marketing.  “This firearm was designed with the sole intent of being an everyday carry for everyone from the Law Enforcement officer as a back up, to the private citizen who wants the peace of mind in knowing the capacity and functionality of the pistol is top of the line.”

The 3.60” barrel is the optimal length designated by Canik’s trusted engineers to ensure top tier accuracy out of the 4.60” tall TP9 Elite SC.  The weight comes in at a minuscule 24.78 ounces which results in an effortless carry.  The nickel-coated internals results in the smooth functionality that the Canik line has become internationally known for.


The features of the TP9 Elite SC far exceed the basic subcompact details.  The firearm comes standard with a tungsten slide and black frame, micro dot optics ready slide mount allowing co-witness with iron sights, a loaded chamber indicator, ambidextrous slide release, reversible magazine release, white dot phosphorous front sight and black out rear sight for easy low light target acquisition.

The TP9 Elite SC offerings do not stop at the above-mentioned facts.  Every pistol also comes standard with a new subcompact holster that has the ability to mount either for an inside or outside the waistband carry.  Each pistol comes with a 12 and 15 round magazine. The new Canik designed 15 round magazine features a grip extension module that allows the shooter to operate this firearm as a compact, giving the operator a multi-purpose pistol tunable to an ever-changing day to day landscape. The TP9 Elite SC has an MSRP of $429 and is available now.

Canik has already begun the process of creating a large number of accessories and add-ons that will soon be available to the US market.  These additions will be available directly from Canik and will feature the same quality and dependability as the pistols themselves.

  • Interchangeable back strap in 2 sizes (small and large)
  • Blackout rear and phosphorous front white dot sight
  • Micro red-dot interface with co-witness feature
  • Striker status indicator
  • Ambidextrous slide stop
  • Loaded chamber indicator
  • Front slide serrations
  • Reversible magazine release
  • Integral accessory picatinny rail (MIL-STD-1913)
  • Tungsten Cerakote over nitride slide finish
  • Match grade nitride coated barrel
  • Small parts and internal components nitride or high-wear nickel-coated
  • The TP9 Elite SC comes with two magazines: one 12rd +optional finger rest base plate and one 15rd with extended baseplate. Also included are toolbox, user manual and a concealed carry holster with reversible clips for IWB and OWB use.


About Century Arms
Born over 50 years ago with its roots in the surplus business, Century Arms has an extensive history of providing unique and affordable products to the American Collector, Hunter, and Target Shooter. That tradition is carried on today, with a state of the art manufacturing facility located in the U.S.A, as the company continues to offer unique, innovative, and quality products to the U.S. Consumer and U.S. Government.

For additional information on Canik USA, visit us online at


  1. avatar grumpster says:

    How is a pistol with a width of 1.45 inches aimed at the P365 market? That makes not sense. Looks more like a competitor to double stack subcompact pistols. I am happy with my P30SK LEM for that purpose. IMO this is another meh pistol.

    1. It’s a 12-round 9mm subcompact. That’s right in the wheelhouse with the P365, Hellcat, and M2.0 Subcompact. It’s getting crowded out there.

      1. avatar grumpster says:

        Most consider the P365 and Hellcat micro compacts and that is how SIG describes their P365.

      2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        Getting crowded? It’s getting boring. Who cares anymore. I bought a Randall CC FT and a Glock 43 last Sunday. Then Chris posted. #8 4″ Old Style. Canceled the Glock. Bought the #8. Much more interesting. Randall #8 is intended as a gift for a friend. He takes me quail hunting a time or two you a season.koo. nu nu

        1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          Don’t know why my phone posted koo nu nu. No idea what that was supposed to mean.

      3. avatar American Patriot says:

        I’m holding out for a concealable micro-micro (that fits in my change pocket) gun that when gripped with sweaty Adrenaline filled hands it expands into 4″ barrel w/30 rd mag.

    2. avatar ChanceMcCall says:

      Agreed – the width compared to the Sig 365 and the Springfield Armory kills this gun for guys like me that wear on the belt and cover it with a t-shirt. There is also a considerable weight difference for a concealed carry gun.

      Both the Sig and SA also come with night sights which a serious carrier will want.

      I cannot agree with the comparison.

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        The XD subcompacts kills it in the width department.

    3. avatar TheUnspoken says:

      Yeah this seems to be a competitor to the Sig 320 sub compact, G26, HK VP9SK, PPQ SC, etc, the more traditional sub compact double stack that has existed for years, not the P365. As more jump in and try to “win” on one spec, like mag capacity, over width or weight, it will be harder to tell which ones are what.

      Still, someone may decide to give up the width and weight for the extra rounds, lower cost, or whatever.

  2. avatar IAmNotTheHulk says:


    1. avatar Tim says:

      Pretty sure they’re just the imported. My experience with Canik pistols has been awesome.

      1. avatar Greg says:

        Buy Turkish trash= supporting terrorism.

        1. avatar Tim says:

          Grow up. Own a Walther? An SKS? AK? Anything made by Taurus/Rossi? They all come from places with dubious human rights records.

  3. avatar Merle 0 says:

    I think we’ve reached Peak 9mm.

  4. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I only have two complaints about Canik semi-auto handguns:
    (1) They are really thick (1.45 inches as Grumpster noted above).
    (2) Their bore-axis is really high.

    Other than that, they seem to be fine firearms.

    1. avatar BusyBeef says:

      The bore axis is not high.

      Lower than the CZ75 which everyone gushes about having a low bore axis.

      In fact Canik handguns are one of the few handguns that have the ideal blend of bore axis and alignment index.

  5. avatar ddan says:

    These guys are playing “Me Too!” with a 2 year old hot product. Meh. We just got three of the P365 SAS pistols in stock, and they are sweet. The ported slide and barrel, the FT Bullseye night sight, the flush controls, and same holster fitment as the standard P365. Winning.

  6. avatar DO NOT SUPPORT TERRORIST!!! says:

    ******YES SUPPORT TERRORISM BUY A CANIK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




    1. avatar Jo says:

      Somebody forgot her medicine…

      1. avatar former water walker says:

        He’s RIGHT. No Turkish s##t for me. And it’s WAY too fat!

      2. avatar Tim says:

        I heard Trump likes Canik pistols. Wah! Wah! Wah! Hitler! Climate denier!

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:


      I didn’t know that we could buy Canadians. How much do they cost?

      1. avatar Moltar says:

        Only 50 loonies, a six pack of Labatt, a gallon of maple syrup, and a dozen doughnuts from Tom Horton’s eh.

        1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          The initial price isn’t too bad, but the periodic required maintenance can bankrupt ya… 😉

        2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          and a tooney fer da peeler, eh?

  7. avatar George Washington says:

    Looks like a pretty cool pistol to me….
    Of course, a FUDD would have something negative to say about it….
    And who fkn cares where the money goes…. I would be buying from CENTURY ARMS, not sending money to Turkey…… TURKEY!

    1. avatar Merle 0 says:

      Turkey is an enemy of this country and of the entire west. We should sanction them the same way we do North Korea and Iran.

      1. avatar Someone says:

        Shouldn’t we kick it out of NATO then?

        1. avatar rosignol says:

          Depends on how long Erdogan stays in office.

        2. avatar Merle 0 says:

          Yes actually. They have no business being in NATO.

      2. avatar Trollolol says:

        So is Saudi Arabia and how weapons did Trump just sell them?

        1. avatar Merle 0 says:

          And Trump is a fool for doing so. But at least he was smart enough to tell his advisors to pound sand on attacking Iran over the Saudi strike.

    2. avatar tdiinva says:

      Century Arms is sending the money to Turkey so you are indeed sending money to Turkey

  8. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    I happen to like my full sized Canik TPS.
    Probably more then my PPQ-SC which this gun the TP9SC is about the same size.
    Its not small its certainly not micro sized like the Sig or the Springfield.
    Only problem as I see is. Sig is well Sig. Im 0 for 3 with them gunwise and their customer service. So even if they make the Holy Grail.
    Screw Sig.
    Springfield is well Springfield and hold a grudge if 1 wants to. I like the idea of the Hellfire and will take a look at it when it does come out.
    The CanikTP9SC not so much cause its a sub compact. Tons of them out there already and Ive tried 4 or 5 of them already. Walther, S&W, FN, and Sig. All plastic crap in my humble opinion. I like all metal guns sorry.

  9. avatar Mark says:

    You are better off buying a Canik over Smith and Wesson. The latter supports the Communist state of Massachusetts and Elizabeth Warren who are far more harmful to our 2A rights than some raghead in Turkey.

    1. avatar Tim says:

      Good point.

  10. avatar Hippo says:

    Thing is way too heavy and way too thick for me to even consider it as a CCW.

    Many micro 9s are coming in at 1 inch slide length and well under 25 oz. Many .380s are 10oz and .7 or .8 in width.

    Unless you need capacity I just cant see the point of this pistol over so many other options… and if you think you’ll “need” capacity of 12+ rounds my suspicion is youd probably be better served with a full size pistol… and body armor

  11. avatar Rusty - Molon Labe - Chains says:

    Not interested. The 365XL is lighter, and thinner. It even fits the belt slide holster for the 365. On my hip as I am waiting on my daughter in the dental office. No huge lump on my side under an untucked polo shirt when I head back out into the 97 degree Atlanta heat.

  12. avatar bryan1980 says:

    It’s kind of cool that they’re including a holster, of decent quality, hopefully. That alleviates the problem of waiting for someone to make a holster for a new pistol.

  13. avatar BusyBeef says:

    To be honest, everyone is copying Taurus, who had the G2C first.

    1. avatar JD says:

      Yeah because the Kel Tec P11 didn’t exist 30 years before the G2C.

      Ever wonder what the 2 was in the G2C? It wasn’t even Taurus’s first crack at this genre. The true parent to this line of sc pistols is the Grendel P10.

  14. While l really like this TP9 Elite Sub compact the Sig P365 and Springfield hellcat are considerably smaller than the TP9 Elite sub compact but it is the size of a Walther PPQ subcompact or a VP9 sc right now you can purchase a Walther PPQ sc for 400 dollars for this gun to sell it will need to be well under the 429 suggested retail while l have a TP9sfx and a PPQ navy love them both this Canik TP9 elite sc needs to be under 350 dollars for it to take off no it will not replace my Sig P365 or P99c or SR9c for concealed carry l really like the TP9 elite sc but l really don’t need it my next gun will probably be a Taurus TX 22 if l can buy it out the door for around 220 -230 dollars

  15. avatar Armita says:

    I would give up 2 years of my life to have this gun
    درمان استرس بدون دارو

  16. avatar Hannibal says:

    Normally more is better- that’s why the P365 made a splash. It took a platform that looked more like a 6 or 8 round gun and stuffed 10+1 in there. But I’m not sure going with 12+1 as a next step will work as well- the 10+1 guns actually have some advantage in market share as they are legal in some large states that 12+1 are not. Those scary 2 rounds, right? In any case, because of that, going down from a 15 to a 12 may not be as useful for a manufacturer as going down to 10 as standard, particularly if you end up with a smaller gun in the end.

  17. avatar Dave says:

    I love all the mental midgets that have the “what’s the point?” and “what do we need another one for?” attitudes.
    Choices and options for the shooter are a beautiful thing…. and competition among the makers is equally great for us!

    ONLY in the USA, can we be have new choices and options pop up in the gun world on a weekly basis…. and this is DESPITE a constant, strong drive to control and/or even BAN these very tools.
    ONLY in the USA can you walk into a local store and have a tough time deciding which of these new guns to buy… and then walk out with it in most cases.
    Grow up and think about it.

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