The affordable new Tisas PX-9 Gen3 Tactical is light on the wallet but heavy on the features, and we found it to run well when it comes to being discreet.
We've been looking at the Turkish Tactical for a few months now and have found a lot to like about it. The third generation of the Tisas-made polymer-framed striker-fired pistol includes a 5.1-inch extended threaded barrel, accepts easy-to-find SIG P226-pattern double-stack mags, is offered in three finishes (black Tenifer, OD green, or FDE Cerakote), has a decent 4.5-pound flat-faced trigger, comes with steel suppressor-height Glock-pattern sights with a front fiber-optic dot, and has a factory micro red-dot slide cut in a Trijicon RMR/SRO pattern.
Proving reliable across the first 1,000 rounds of Barnaul import, CCI Blazer Brass, and Federal American Eagle 115-grain FMJ, we recently quieted down a bit and tested it with a suppressor.
As the PX-9 uses a short-recoil action, we went with a can that had an option for a recoil booster or Nielsen Device to ensure it actually worked.
The can we used was a SilencerCo Omega 36M.
The PX-9 Gen 3 Tactical ships with both an Italian-made Mec-Gar 18-round and 20-round magazine along with a removable magwell adapter, and, with the fully-loaded 20-rounder inserted, and the Omega attached in its longest format, we found all-up weight to be 51 ounces.
For just plinking on the range, we ran the Tisas/Omega set up with some of Federal's inexpensive American Eagle Syntech 115-grain Total Synthetic Jacket loads.
The below video shows the Tisas/36M with Syntechs.
We also ran the pistol suppressed with Federal's 147 grain subsonic (1,000 fps) flat-nosed FMJ loads which cut down on the supersonic "crack" made by the ammo pulling a Chuck Yeager and had no problem with the PX-9 cycling. In all, we have put about 250 rounds through the PX-9 Tactical with the Omega attached and the only problem we experienced was the slide failing to lock back on an empty chamber twice.
With a suggested retail of $579.95 (spoiler alert, they are usually $450 or less) it is nice to find a pistol that checks so many boxes. Stay tuned as we keep pumping up the round count on it.