Canik TP9V2 Review: The Glock Killer That Died...And Is Staying Dead

The Canik TP9V2 came to the market and a few dubbed it THE GLOCK KILLER as it took the very popular features of the TP9SA and tweaked it a bit. It had some very unique features such as the decocking mechanism on a "striker" fired gun, giving it a Double Action/Single Action type of firearm, large capacity, and a "lifetime" warranty. Not to mentioned you got all of this, with 3 mags, for about $300. Of course as it will be mentioned, the firearm does have second strike capability, but I am not a fan of that for many reasons, but that is another article.

I was intrigued by this handgun as several people in the industry I know got one and liked it. So I traded a couple shotguns I had laying around for one at a gun shop that was a bit away as they were a little hard to find. When the Practically Tactical crew had the chance at our next filming trip down to Alliance Police Training Facility, Jeff and myself recorded a first impressions video where we really liked the gun, as you can see in the video here:

We liked the cost, the features, the accuracy, and the trigger. We thought this gun might be a legitimate firearm that could be affordable and reliable. What we do at Practically Tactical for reviews, is all guns and gear are required to be ran through two training classes before we give a final review on it. So July 30 and 31 of 2016, we had a listener class at Alliance. One day was a handgun class, so I borrowed a few mags and a Squared Away Customs holster from my buddy Scott who had the TP9SA, and got ready for the class.

This being my first class with this firearm, i wanted to make sure I was running the firearm how I think a DA/SA should be ran and carried. It would be carried in the double action, drawn and first shot in double action, then rest of the shots would be single action. Upon completion of a string, I would decock the firearm and reholster. This is where all the happy feelings and thoughts about the TP9V2 ended on the first couple drills. 

My Glock 17, chopped by NAF and Slide Machined by ATEi.

My Glock 17, chopped by NAF and Slide Machined by ATEi.

The first drill completed and I decocked the firearm and reholstered. The next drill I drew the firearm and got a click. Remedied it with a smash and a rip (way better than tap and rack right? h/t Steve Fisher) and went on. I figured maybe it was ammo, it can happen. Next drill same thing but then after clearing the round, it happened again. Jesse took notice and we found the cleared rounds with the lightest of lightest primer strikes. The TP9V2 only made it through the first 7 drills until the light primer strikes made the gun literally not function. I found it to happen almost immediately after I would decock the firearm. The last magazine had 5 rounds out of 18 get light prime strikes. I decided at that point to go back to my regular carry firearm, my Glock 17 all worked over by ATEi and NAF Solutions (check sponsor page for info and discounts). When I got home, I did tear down, inspect, and checked the striker channel for obstructions and saw no issues.

So, this is where quite a few of us reviewers go wrong (I am guilty of it too): Something breaks and we immediately trash it before giving the company a chance to make it right. Maybe I just got a lemon, with my luck that is about normal. So, I reached out to Century Arms and their "LIFETIME WARRANTY" that I thought came with my Canik TP9V2 and it didn't quite go as expected. Below is my exchange, you will need to start from the last page and work your way to the first page. Also, there are two policies references in the email chain, here are their links:

ConsumerPolicy.pdf

Warranty Policy Canik TP9V2

So, did I follow their warranty policy and register my firearm with them? No. Did I keep a receipt? Nope.  Do I want to drive an hour each way to get a copy of a receipt where someone at a gun store will have to dig through over a year's worth of receipts to find a copy of it to give to me? Nope. So, I fully understand and agree that I didn't follow their policy.

This has to be the worst warranty policies for firearms manufacturers. Number one, I am not registering any firearm with anyone, PERIOD. Two, if a product has a "lifetime warranty" why do I need proof of purchase as me having the gun should be proof of purchase. Maybe I am old fashioned, but I try to take companies for their word. If they say lifetime, I figure they should mean it. I guess that just isn't the case anymore and possibly shame on me.

At the end of the day, what does this mean other than I have a $300 paperweight? It means I can't give this gun a good review, in fact, I have to give it a bad review even if EVERY other TP9V2 works perfect. Why? Because if it breaks, there is no one to stand behind it. What about those who can only afford one gun for self defense. What if their only means of protection that they saved up for dies and won't be repaired because someone didn't register their gun? Unacceptable. So, if anyone is still reading this and asking "Should i Buy ANY Canik Handgun?". NO! Because you might be stuck with a "Glock Killer" that is dead.

UPDATE 11/4/16:

While we were down at Alliance for the last Listener Class of the year, we were hanging out and I was explaining the issues to Steve, Cory, and the rest of the PracTac crew when we started finger banging the gun fast, we could get the trigger to go dead, multiple times, consistently over and over again. Check out the video from our Instagram Feed:

This gun just keeps getting worse.

Added 10/15/16:

A fan of the show posted this information on our Facebook page:

 

Of note, there seems to be someone else with a similar issue, but got his "fixed" and is still having issues, as you can see here: