Florida-based Century Arms announced this week it is importing in a new line of 9mm Canik series semi-auto pistols that bring a lot of features for not a lot of cost.
The Turkish-made Canik METE (pronounced Met-A) line builds on the company's TP series polymer-framed handguns, specifically an update from the TP9SFx it would appear. Optics ready with co-witnessed sights, they come standard with a flared mag well, new aggressive texturing on a grip that has been improved to be more ergonomic, and a low-profile slide stop lever. They also have an installed holster fit-and-lock (HFL) system for retention in the supplied holster. The standard format is a two-toned pistol with an FDE grip frame and black slide.
Canik bills the new guns as the latest progression in the evolution of their pistol line since 2003.
“The Canik Mete series is the result of taking the time to hear what the firearms community has asked for, figuring out how to incorporate these requests into our platform, and ultimately how to make the best sporting firearm for the price on the market today. The Mete truly is the evolution of superiority,” said Canik USA marketing director Adam Ruonala.
The series is starting with the METE SFx longslide and the slightly shorter METE SFT, each with an 18/20-round flush/extended magazine capacity. Both guns fall in the $500ish range, as the SFx is tagged with a $579.99 MSRP while the SFT is listed at $519.99.
Each METE pistol ships with a massive amount of accessories to include a hard case, 18- and 20-round standard capacity magazines, a magazine EZ loader, an extended mag well, an extra backstrap, two optics plates "accepting everything from a Trijicon RMRcc all the way to a micro optic," a reversible IWB/OWB holster, a Canik punch, a toolkit, a cleaning kit, gun lock, and manual.
For some feedback on how it shoots, initial reviews are already live from Graham Baates, Honest Outlaw, and Sootch: