Thanks, I am in NJ so a local dealer is the only choice for me. Otherwise the FFL transfer fee pretty much kills any deal. I see a few people praise Canik so will look and see what I can find if I decide to add one more gun to collection 😊.
Caniks are very good guns.
My favorite pistols to carry and use for training and shooting matches have been my Wilson Professional in 9mm for the previous 10 years, and my Wilson EDC X9 in 9mm for going on the last three years:
Then; someone showed me a Canik!
It was my Rival Darkside; but it wasn’t quite mine yet.
I checked it out at the LGS; the trigger pull was great; and the trigger reset was unbelieveable! Still, I held out (cause I WAS a gun-snob). So I went home and searched online that night; trying to find out about Caniks. When I couldn’t find the first negative review on the Rival Darkside; I went back the next morning and bought it.
I shot the Rival that Saturday at the first IDPA match I’d shot since before covid; a bit over three years. Low and behold; shooting a new gun I’d never shot, in the first match I’d shot in over three years; I came in third place overall. DAMN; there’s something to these Caniks!
Next, I decided that I wanted one just a little shorter for carry, but one that used the same flush-fitting 18 round mags as my Rival; so I headed for my most favorite LGS.
When I got there; the only Caniks in that case were using their 15 round mags, and I didn’t want them; so I was leaving the store. Then I happened to look down in the bottom of a glass case that’s usually 1911 territory only; and saw a couple more Caniks; but they looked “different.”
They were the Signature Series Limited Edition pistols in “Miami Days” and “Miami Nights;” and they were just the right size! But damn; they were quite a bit “different” in the finish department! I cyphered on that for a bit, and decided that, since I was carrying it concealed, and no one would see it (except for the potential bad guy, and hopefully he wouldn’t be seeing it for long); I bought the damn thing; the Miami Nights:
After a few weeks of good-natured ribbing by all my shooting buddies in the IDPA community around here; I decided to see about getting the same pistol; but in a more austere finish. So I went back to the other LGS that I’d bought the Rival from; and bought this one that’s the same model and size as my Signature Series one; but in a “plain brown wrapper:”
Bottom line; Caniks are an unbelieveable value for the $$, and my $3000.-$5000. Wilsons are staying home while I use my Caniks for match, training, and carry duties! 👍👍
Since I’m still a FNG around here; I thought that I’d make the occasional post offering a bit more detail; so y’all can see that I’m just as crazy as the rest of y’all are! 🤣