Canik Crams It All In One Package: TP9 Elite SC With Optic Under $650 – SHOT Show 2020

Canik’s new subcompact comes loaded with features.

Canik’s TP9 Elite SC is a feature-rich subcompact 9mm pistol and it comes with a full package of accessories. Check out this video with True Pearce from the SHOT Show floor, and see more details below.

The Optic

The first thing everyone wants to know is that this carry gun is optics ready. It’s got a removable cover on the slide in front of the rear sights and includes an optics plate for Shield’s SMS II red dot. This optic features a 4- or 8-MOA dot, automatic brightness adjustment, 3-year battery life with no turnoff, and it adds a mere 0.5 ounces to the weight of the gun.

The Shield SMS II will be available factory-installed.

The option to purchase the optic factory-mounted and sighted-in is coming very soon and will retail for under $650. Of course, you can always mount your own optics, as well.

The Gun

The TP9 Elite SC is Canik’s smallest pistol in the TP9 series. It’s fairly compact with a 3″ nitride-finished barrel. It’s 1.45″ wide and 6.7″ long, and weighs in at 24.78 ounces.

Front and rear slide serrations.

It’s got front and rear serrations and a 90-degree cut to the rear sight for charging on a belt or ledge.

The front sight has a glow-in-the-dark dot while the rear is blacked out. The sights are tall enough that if you use the SMS II optic, you can co-witness with sights or the red dot. The rear sights are also knurled.

Rear sights are blacked out, and there’s a red striker indicator when the gun is cocked.
With a micro red dot, the sights co-witness.

This little gun comes with a 12-round magazine with a pinky extension that can be swapped for a flat retainer, and it also has a 15-round mag that gives a full-length grip. With the undercut trigger guard, you can get a good grip over the swappable backstraps and stippled grips. Plus, there’s a Pic rail under the barrel.

The 12-round mag has a pinky extension or flat base plate, and a 15-round mag is also included.

A distinctive feature is ambidextrous slide stops. The mag release button can also be swapped to either side.

It comes standard with ambidextrous slide stops.

This trigger is crisp and light at about 4 lbs. It’s also got a trigger safety.

There’s a loaded chamber indicator on top of the slide and a red striker indicator pops out on the back when it’s cocked.

The crisp trigger includes a safety and the guard is undercut for a high grip.

The slide is nitride-finished steel with a good-looking tungsten-colored Cerakote cover. The polymer frame is black, and the trigger safety is red. Internal components are nitride-finished and high-wear parts are nickel coated.

The match-grade nitrided barrel has a pic rail underneath.

In The Box

Included with the pistol are two magazines and swappable baseplate, replacement grips (small and large), an optics plate, concealed carry holster that works inside the waistband or outside the waistband, a toolbox and the user manual. Canik pistols are distributed in the U.S. by Century Arms.

These handy carry guns are in stock and shipping now. The Canik TP9 Elite SC’s MSRP is about $399, but you’ll find it under that on the street. The optics-mounted version is coming soon and is expected under $650.


  • Model: TP9 Elite SC
  • Color: Tungsten Cerakote slide, black frame
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 12/15 +1
  • Barrel: 3.6″, nitride finished
  • Overall length: 6.7″
  • Height: 4.6″
  • Width: 1.45″
  • Weight: 24.78
  • Sights: Glow-in-the-dark front, black rear, Optics-ready
  • Holster included
  • MSRP: $399

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  • Audie Trahan July 9, 2020, 3:49 pm

    Love the gun it’s very nice looking Anne shoots great . Would love to have the optics on it but don’t have the extra money

  • Dale Young June 8, 2020, 9:18 pm

    do they make a 10 round clip ,since I live in California a 10 round clip is MAX – thanks

  • Roland Little May 12, 2020, 4:01 pm

    Great all around and easy to cut centers

  • Felix April 10, 2020, 4:31 pm

    I’m a Glock guy, and absolutely love my new Canik. It is now rotated as an edc. The features, reliability, cost, and size of the SC model sold me!

  • Mr Shifter January 29, 2020, 6:33 pm

    I have various TP9 series guns…they are amazing, best triggers you will ever see. Their prices kick butt too! I plan on adding this one to my collection of Canik’s. The Turks make fine weapons, not just Canik. I have SARS, Girsan and Winchester, yep Winchester shotguns………all are fantastic…..

  • Chuck conrad January 29, 2020, 5:13 pm

    No thumb safety for us old folks that grew up on the 1911?? When will gun companies understand that for some, the Thumb safety is non-negotiable. Every one has their priorities and to each their own.

    • Area 52 January 30, 2020, 4:15 am

      I don’t have a problem with external safeties on handguns. The military had them on their 1911(s) and berretta (s) . The problem is a lot of these so call gun gurus on the net discourage them with the thought that it will be inadvertently activated during a use of force situation. Of course a lot believe them and won’t buy anything with an external safety. There are some semi auto pistols that offer a choice of with or with an external safety. However as of now Canik isn’t one of them.

  • gunbob January 29, 2020, 5:09 am

    Canik = looks cool = feels plastic-cheap in hand. Admit I have not shot one though. I applaud Canik for innovation but I am heading in the opposite direction – all metal guns – CZ 4 ME.

    • Chris H January 29, 2020, 9:26 am

      I’d invite you to shoot one before you start putting it down. My neighbor runs a CZ and we go shooting every now and then. Of course we always put a few magazines through the other’s weapons, never hurts to stay proficient on a different manual of arms. I would not say my Canik executive feels cheap nor shoots cheap. I was used to steel framed handguns (1911 and M9) but found the relative lightness of the Canik to be welcome. I didn’t want to like it, in fact I ran the LGS rental Elite Combat through the ringer with 1200 rounds trying to find something I didn’t like that would outweigh all the things I did like. Eventually I broke down and bought my own. Go shoot one, at the least I think you won’t knock ’em anymore.

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