Product Safety Warning For Canik 9mm Pistols

Century Arms sent out a product safety warning regarding the Canik pistols that they import from Turkey. They note while these pistols meet current industry and military abusive handling standards, abusive testing can damage them and cause safety issues.

I can’t say that I’ve ever fired a Canik pistol but I did get to dry-fire the Canik TP9SFx at the SHOT Show in 2015. I would consider getting one of those if the price came down as it fit my hand nicely and the trigger seemed pretty decent.

Here is the release that Century Arms sent out this morning by email:

Product Safety Warning and Severe Duty Upgrade

Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer, announced today the
Canik Product Safety Warning and Severe Duty Upgrade Notice. This notice
applies to Canik’s 9×19 mm pistols: TP9SA, TP9SF, TP9SFx, TP9SF Elite,
TP9SF Elite-S. Canik’s other products are not subject to this notice.
All Canik pistols comply with and exceed current industry and military
abusive handling standards. There are no safety concerns with the
pistols when used under ordinary conditions.

Canik is committed to continuously improving its product’s performance. Evaluations and tests have shown that repeated abusive dropping of pistols may result in damage to safety features and unintentional discharge.
DANGER: IF ANY FIREARM IS DROPPED INTERNAL PARTS MAY HAVE BEEN DEFORMED, DAMAGED OR DISABLED. The product must be inspected by a qualified gunsmith or returned for inspection after any significant impact.
abusive handling tests can be dangerous and should only be conducted by
qualified individuals in controlled environments with proper safety
precautions in place. Canik does not recommend that any customer conduct
drop tests or other endurance tests before or after this Severe Duty
Canik is committed to manufacturing safe, reliable, innovative and affordable firearms. We are offering a voluntary
upgrade to the trigger safety spring and firing pin block spring on the
Canik models noted above. This is to further increase the safety of
Canik pistols for enhanced drop discharge prevention in heavy/severe
duty conditions that are beyond
industry standards. The Severe Duty Upgrade does not alter any feature
or design of the pistols. Canik will provide all parts and workmanship
at no charge, but customers will be responsible for shipping costs.
Steps for upgrading your pistol? Our goal is to have the Severe Duty Upgrade process in place by Friday, September 8, 2017. After this date, please visit for complete instructions on how to receive your Severe Duty Upgrade.

Say It Ain’t So

News stories are linking one of the firearms used by ISIS in their Paris terror attacks to Century International Arms. The serial number of a Zastava M92 pistol recovered by French police matches that of one that Serbia-based Zastava Arms Factory exported to Century International in 2013.

From the Boston Herald:

Milojko Brzakovic of the Zastava arms factory told The Associated Press that the M92 semi-automatic pistol’s serial number matched one his company delivered to an American online arms dealer in May 2013. It was not clear how the gun got back to Europe.

At least seven of the weapons used or discovered after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris have been identified as being produced by the Serbian factory located in Kragujevac, in central Serbia. Most were manufactured before Yugoslavia broke up in a civil war in the 1990s and most of those are modified versions of the Soviet AK-47, or Kalashnikov.

Brzakovic said all the guns were delivered legally but could have later found their way into illegal channels.

“One was delivered to Bosnia in 1983, one to Skopje, Macedonia in December 1987, one to Golubici, near Knin (Croatia) in 1988, one to Zagreb (Croatia) 1987,” he said.

He said the M92 pistol “is a semi-automatic weapon, a hunting and sporting weapon … it cannot fire barrage fire, only single shots … which are legal in America.”

Century International can’t confirm whether or not the weapon in question was sold by them to a FFL.

A Delray Beach-based arms importer can’t confirm whether one of its guns was used in the Paris terror attacks, but it is cooperating with investigators, company officials said in a statement released Friday.

Century Arms officials say they are unable to confirm that an M92 semi-automatic pistol it sold was found at the scene of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

“Century has an active and vibrant training and compliance program,” the statement read that was posted on the company’s website. “The company abides by all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Century expects the firearms it ships to licensed firearms dealers in the United States to be sold in strict compliance with the law.”

While Zastava says their records are accurate and that they have records going back 50 years where each and every firearm they produced was sent, all I’ll say is that it is still the Balkans. Gun running is a national hobby.

Imported firearms sold by Century International will have a mark somewhere on that firearm stating it was imported by them. I have a few older surplus rifles that came by way of Century and they all have Century’s markings on them. One of the frequent criticisms made by crufflers about Century is that their markings are too distinct and too visible. I would imagine modern arms imported by Century are no different. 

To paraphrase Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire, show me the mark!

One thing we know for sure if it was actually shipped in 2013 then it couldn’t have been part of Operation Fast and Furious. Thank goodness for small favors.