The newest line of handguns from Canik is here–the Canik METE series. And it's going to impress even the most seasoned shooters and change the modern pistol game.
Read on to learn how these new firearms perform, as we put them to the test.
The New Canik METE SFT and SFX: Reinvented Striker-Fired Pistols
Canik used to be in the aerospace manufacturing industry. They worked with Airbus, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. Then eventually, they entered into small arms.
Today, Canik manufactures handguns. They're located in Turkey, and they partnered with Century Arms so they can import their guns into the US.
Canik is known to produce quality and reliable handguns at an affordable price. For instance, their TP9SF model, priced at US$399.99, has passed 60,000-round torture tests while retaining NATO standards for accuracy.
And now, they have a new addition to their pistol line–the Canik METE series. It's named after Mete Khan, who used to be an emperor and is believed to have founded the Turkish army.
But let's have enough of the history lesson. Let's now talk about the new Canik METE series and its performance.
Canik unveiled two versions of METE–the SFT and SFX. These new models are the latest addition to their SF or “special forces” line.
These two are almost exactly the same handguns. They're both polymer-framed, striker-fired, and semi-automatic handguns.
The only exception is the length. The SFT has a standard size, while the SFX is the long slide version.
Here are the gun specs:
Canik METE SFT
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Capacity: 18/20
- Height: 5.72 in
- Width: 1.41 in
- Length (barrel): 4.47 in
- Length (overall): 7.56 in
- Weight (unloaded): 27.9 oz
Canik METE SFX
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Capacity: 18/20
- Height: 5.75 in
- Width: 1.41 in
- Length (barrel): 5.2 in
- Length (overall): 8.29 in
- Weight (unloaded): 30.1 oz
To simplify things, SFT is the little gun, and SFX is the big gun.
If you're looking for concealed carry, SFT is a better choice due to its size. But if you're a hunter or a competitive shooter, we recommend that you go for the SFX. Since it has a longer slide, it's going to serve you better when it comes to distant shooting.
Aesthetics and Ergonomics
The METE series comes in two tones–black nitride finish and FDE or flat dark earth.
Apart from this, Canik made significant changes externally.
With their older pistol models, you have to use aluminum spacers to mount accessories. Now, there are removable plates available–which is perhaps the biggest selling point of METE.
Upon holding the gun, you'll immediately feel the ease of usage. The grip has less dimension, which makes the gun ride well in your hand. It also has an aggressive texture, which can give you confidence while shooting.
The magwell has natural flare, and this allows for quick reloading of the magazine. The serrations are also well spaced out so you can easily grab the slide.
The Canik METE features a striker block. This prevents your pistol to go on full-auto or accidental discharge in case you drop it.
Additionally, when you cock the gun, a little red mark will appear to indicate that your weapon is ready. After pulling the trigger, this mark will fade.
The trigger guard and beavertail secure your hand, which makes this gun perfect for long shooting sessions. The trigger guard undercut also helps in your natural point of aim.
The Canik METE comes with 18 and 20-round magazines. They were manufactured by Mec-Gar, the leader in firearm magazines worldwide.
The 18-round is flush-fitting, while the 20-round has an extension on its base.
The good thing is that you can interchange these magazines with one another. And for even greater news–you get both 18 and 20-rounder when you purchase either SFT or SFX.
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A trigger can sometimes make or break a gun. And Canik has been manufacturing some of the best superior triggers. The METE series, of course, is no exception.
As you pull the trigger of these pistols, you'll feel a bit of resistance, followed by a smooth, crisp break. The trigger pull weight is 3 lb 11.5 oz to be precise. But generally, it's easy and light.
Additionally, the Canik METE has a trigger safety feature. You have to pull this trigger safety first, or else, you won't be able to completely fire your gun.
Canik handguns are made in a facility that's NATO-approved and ISO 9000 certified. Within that area, different military hardware is also being produced.
Police, law enforcement, and military units use Canik pistols. This means that these guns are up to the task. They've been exposed to the field, buried in sand, and dropped several times.
When you buy a Canik METE, you're purchasing a weapon that has overcome thousands of extreme round shooting torture tests. This ensures its reliability.
The manufacturer's suggested retail prices for Canik METE are as follows:
- SFT: US$519.99
- SFX: US$574.99
When you buy a METE, you'll find not just a handgun, but a load of accessories as well.
Each kit contains the following:
- Magazine loader
- Optics bases
- Cleaning kit
- Hard case
Additionally, each case comes with a reversible holster, which you can use for both inside and outside your waistband. It also contains a punch tool, which can assemble and disassemble the entire pistol.
With all the stuff that comes with the pistol, Canik may just crush other handgun makers.
In the Turkish language, mete means gallant, brave, or hero. And the new Canik METE lives up to its name. These pistols have passed thousands of torture tests, and they remain 100% reliable.
Whichever you choose between SFT and SFX, both are world-class, yet for an affordable price. These firearms may just give you the most bang for your buck because of the new features and over-the-top accessories.
Canik heard you. They took into consideration consumer and engineering feedback. The improvements they made were based on what the users desire and on how these pistols can function better.
What's more, you'll get a lifetime warranty on these units, and you can have them serviced in the US. You won't also have a problem with the availability of its parts.
So what are you waiting for? Check out this Canik METE series and see the new and improved features for yourself.
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