"Canik Cyber Monday...."
Has your husband/wife/significant other worn the numbers off of your credit card yet? Is the magnetic strip just a confused bunch of ones & zeroes that has lost its purpose in life? Well, now it's time to take care of you for a minute. Nothing says, "I love me." like a new gun, right?
The Canik TP9 is one of the hotter deals out there now. The Turkish military is using it now and a bunch of competitive shooters have switched over to it. Nils Jonasson is not going to shoot a junky gun, even if they offered to sponsor him, so that's a good endorsement. Check out these options:
The TP9 Elite SC is their sub-compact pistol for carry. It weighs less than 25 oz. unloaded and comes with a nice Kydex holster, a 12-round and a 15-round mag, low-profile iron sights, ambidextrous slide release, and the slide is machined for your favorite Carry Optics red-dot. The trigger is nice for a striker-fired gun and it comes in a durable Tungsten Grey finish. Only $379.95 plus tax; about $100 less than a comparable sub-compact from other manufacturers.
The TP9 SFX is their top-of-the-line competition gun. It has a 5.2" barrel, three 20-round mags, adjustable mag release, and a slide that is cut for a red-dot. It has lightening cuts on the slide and is one sexy beast. It can be had without the red-dot included for $549.95 plus tax OR a Vortex Venom sight can be included in the package for only $175 more. (The Venom retails for over $230, so that is the better deal.)
Now, I will do you a solid if you pick up one of these FOR COMPETITION USE. I will upgrade the trigger FOR FREE. The trick here is that Canik over-engineered the firing pin spring and made it way too strong. Replacing it with the firing pin spring from another popular striker-fired pistol really makes this trigger shine.
On the economical side, they have a basic pistol called the TP9 Elite ONE series. Nice Warren Tactical sights, ambi slide release, and one 18-round mag, but it only costs $294.95 plus tax. For a "truck gun", that'd be about perfect.
Experimentations: As frequent readers may know, I LOVE experimenting. Trying stuff to see if it'll work is how we get better as an industry. Finding out what DOESN'T work is just as important, because if we can solve those short-comings, we may just stumble upon a "Eureka!!" moment.
Lately, I've been playing with REALLY short-barreled AR Pistols. We ain't talking 10 inches here; we're in the four- and five-inch realm. When the customer first commissioned me to build this gun, he wanted it in 5.56mm. Conventional wisdom told me that a barrel this short wasn't going to work, given that the .223 Remington and 5.56mm NATO cartridges were both designed to run out of a 20-inch or longer barrel.
Initial chronograph and accuracy testing proved me right, to an extent. There is a dramatic velocity loss with that short of a barrel (approximately 1750 fps with standard 55 grain bullets; down from around 3,000). My fears that there'd be a huge fireball associated with it were unfounded. There were also a large number of sparks ejected from the barrel. (We later deduced that these were still-burning powder granules coming out behind the bullet. That accounts for the slow velocity and for the light show.) Accuracy on the target was not particularly impressive, but the 1-in-6 rifling twist that these barrels have (in order to stabiIize the bullet in the very brief time that it is in the barrel) probably was too fast for a 55 grainer.
I then went to a 75 grain load from Hornady that is specifically designed for SBR's. It grouped better, but still not within 3 MOA.
Is this experiment a failure? I'd say "Not at all". A micro-small AR-15 is not a Main Battle Rifle, nor will it ever be. A gun this small is designed for Close-Quarters engagements. It only needs to be "minute-of-Chest" accurate at 7 yards inside your house. Acceptable accuracy could be defined as "being able to handle the situation put before it". I don't think that we'd have a problem successfully engaging targets out to "across the front yard" distances (25 yards or so). Most importantly, the gun ran flawlessly.
Phase II of this project will be to build the same gun in .300 Blackout. Conventional Wisdom says that Blackout likes to run with faster-burning powders, so the velocity may not fall off as drastically and mid-range accuracy may stay intact.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Gun Cleaning Special: Get the full-house, world-renowned CCGW cleaning job on your match guns, carry pieces, and hunting guns. Most every gun will be only $25 each; complicated guns slightly higher. (Glocks, M&Ps, 1911s/2011s, and the like are simple. Benelli M-4s, piston-driven ARs, etc. are NOT. I recently learned that Browning Auto-5's definitely are not....) Turn-around time is typically less than a week.
Chronographing Services: Got some ammo that you've been producing and you want to make sure that it's living up to what the reloading manual promised? Going way out in left field, using non-standard powders to do things that books say can't be done (like 9mm Major)? I will chronograph that ammo, using your pistol and give you a detailed report with each shot recorded, average velocities, extreme spreads, Standard Deviation, and Power Factor. Doppler radar will be used, so accuracy isn't dependent on light. Competition loads will be checked "hot", "cold", and "room temperature" to ensure that you don't go "sub-Minor" at your next big match. Fees are "a la carte", but would normally be around $35 per hour. Five or six different loads could be tested in that time, allowing time for the barrel to cool between strings.
We are offering complete basic guns built on our Camp Creek Gunworks-branded Lower Receivers, in addition to the full-house competition guns that we've always offered. We're calling these mil-spec guns the "Basic Defense" series. They feature a 16-inch barrel with A2 flash hider, a flat-top upper receiver, free-float handguard, collapsible stock, mil-spec trigger, mil-spec pistol grip, and the Magpul MOE trigger guard. Add a soft case and 30-round MagPul magazine. Of course, like all CCGW products, they're backed by our "We'll make it right" warranty. The price is only $749 plus tax.
Our latest thing has been PDWs (Personal Defense Weapons). These are built off of our CR-15 lowers and feature short barrels (length depends on caliber and your desired features). A pistol-stabilizing brace is added for greater accuracy potential. 5.56mm and .300 Blackout guns get the Noveske KX-5 suppressor. 9mm's don't need it. An upgrade to a folding stock model is available for $300 more. Prices start at $1500 for a basic model and go up to $3750 for the top-of-the-line model with EOTech HoloSight, TLR-2G light/laser combo, backup sights, premium SB Tactical brace, upgraded trigger, and custom fit case.
We have a 6-inch 2011 in-stock in .40 S&W. It is built light, so it swings well from target to target. The extra sight radius makes mid- and long-range shots EASY. Only $2700
CCGW PCC's suitable for USPSA or 3-Gun competition are available. Got one ready-to-go now for $950!
Glock 22C: These are Blue Label Glocks (3 mags & night sights). Brand new in the box for $499 plus tax.
Used Glock 23C. LNIB with night sights and three mags. $425
Until next time, See you on the Range!!