Canik Releases New Enhanced METE Line of Semi Auto Handguns

Canik released a new series of semi-auto handguns to market. The new line is called Mete. Canik says the new Mete lineup brings enhancements to their well-received TP9 series of handguns.

Canik 9mm handgun Mete

Canik, a manufacturer with Turkish origins, named the new line Mete (pronounced Met-A) after a Mete Khan, who ruled the Xiongnu Empire until 174 BC, after ordering his men to kill his father in 209 BC.

Enough of a history lesson. What about the guns?

Canik Mete Series:

You will find two models of the full-size 9mm Canik Mete line, the SFx, and the SFT. The two guns are essentially the same. The exception is a half-inch longer slide on the SFx and an accompanying 5.2″ barrel compared to the 4.47″ barrel on the SFT.

Maybe I have just become cynical to think that a gun manufacturer's “new lineup” is essentially the same old thing with an optic plate and some cosmetic changes.

The Canik Mete series may look similar to the TP9 series. However, the gun is chock full of enhancements and improvements that will interest any Canik TP9 owner.

What Stayed the Same?

Some elements of the TP9 series made it into the Mete guns. These features include things like the fantastic, short reset, single-action trigger. The barrel and slide have an ultra-durable Tungsten-Grey Cerakote®-over-Nitride on the colored models, just like the TP9. Canik kept the 1913 Picatinny rail as well as the loaded chamber indicator.

What Changed?

Canik made many enhancements to the Mete line. You will immediately see the Mete slide added aggressive forward and rear serrations and more aggressive texturing to the front of the grip. In addition, the trigger guard has a double undercut which is an ergonomic upgrade most manufacturers refuse to make standard.

The redesigned beavertail provides an ergonomic enhancement, and the Mete series will have an integrated mag well.

Canik

The Mete line will also feature an ambidextrous slide stop for you lefties and a reversible mag release.

Canik couldn't enhance a line without also accounting for the gun's sights. They kept 3-dot sights, but the rear sight has a forward angle to accommodate one-handed slide manipulations. I, for one, am glad we have moved on from rear sights that with a rearward angle.

And of course, the Mete series guns come co-witness and optic ready to accept the Trijicon RMRcc and Shield RMS/RMSc optic.

List of Mete Features:

Here is a complete list of the features for the new Mete line:

  • Holster Fit-and-Lock (HFL) k Retention Holster
  • Easy In/Easy out push pins and modular disassembly
  • Ergonomically redesigned beavertail
  • Integrated flared mag-well
  • Angled rear sight edge for emergency one-hand operation
  • Co-Witness optics ready slide cut
  • Optics-ready slide accepts the Trijicon RMRcc and Shield RMS/RMSc footprint micro-optics
  • Low profile ambidextrous slide stop release for easier engagement during competition
  • Aggressive front and rear slide serrations for positive-traction handling
  • Side reversible magazine catch with additional sizes of release buttons and alternate backstraps for a custom fit

The package includes a reversible inside the waistband (IWB) outside the waistband (OWB) holster, a cleaning kit, tool kit, and takedown tool. The gun will ship with 2 magazines, a 20 round and an 18 rounder.

flared magazine well

Conclusion:

For a pistol with such an impressive list of features, I would have expected it to come with at least 3 magazines, and preferably 4.

I find myself very interested in the Mete line of handguns from Canik. I haven't had an opportunity to handle the new Canik, and I don't currently own a TP9. I enjoyed shooting the TP9 whenever someone had one and don't see why it wouldn't be the same for the Mete series.

So, for you TP9 owners, are you considering the new Mete line?

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12 Comments

  1. Robert Ulmer on August 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Whats the price on this new Canik Meta tp9

    • Matthew Maruster on August 11, 2021 at 7:51 pm

      The SFT is $520 MSRP THE SFx is $575. Probably will be available at a lower price once dealers have more of them. Thanks for the question.

      • Maurice L Howard on August 17, 2021 at 8:44 am

        Where can the mete line be purchased? i can’t find not one dealer with availability.

        • Matthew Maruster on August 17, 2021 at 8:49 am

          I am not sure which local dealers currently have them. I have heard of some people finding them in shops but I don’t know. If you search a website like gun broker or armslist you can likely find a dealer with one and have them send it to your FFL if they are out of state.

  2. Phillip Kleinmann on August 11, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    This presentation doesn’t have me feeling any lacks within my Bersa and I’ll just be keeping my affordable extremely dependable sidearm. THX

  3. frankjbonazza3 on August 14, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Bersa is a fine firearms manufacturer, but these Caniks are on another level. Even if you don’t opt the new METE models, the regular SFX and Elite SC are optics cut and sell for $475-$500 for the SFX and $375-$400 for the Elite SC without optics installed. The triggers are phenomenal and they are super accurate and both of mine have been 100% reliable.

  4. Jerry Crosley on August 16, 2021 at 2:44 am

    I just got my 5th Turkish pistol in three years and they are all very well made and reliable. My newest is the Caick TP9 Elite SC. Outstanding cosmetics, fit and finish are super and it performs better than any other NIB handgun that I’ve handled in 50+ years of handgunning. Two mags (12 f 15), and a bunch of extras. Paid $419 out the door. The new MTE is next. They will accompany my Sig, S&W, Rutgers, Glock and other stuff.

  5. Michael on August 20, 2021 at 7:25 am

    I was >< this close to buying a TP9 SFX. I find my accuracy is better with the TP9 than other handguns, and it's comfortable in my grip.

    I can't figure out, though, is this a true upgrade to the TP9 series? Parallel? Did they remove anything to keep the price down?

    If it's an upgrade, I'll buy a Meta instead of a TP9.

  6. Jim Petersen on October 19, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    I have the combat elite threaded barrel and all the salient upgrades man I love it unfortunately with light and laser on bottom and Burris on top hard to find holster but the mete sft seems to have the features and salient touches and without the threaded barrel I am all in at 550 easy combat elite near 900 great great gun my new one mete sft around 525 easy decision I saw one in Texas I am in Kentucky I would like to get my hands on that mete waiting on buds gun shop to get them highly recommended gun for 5 bills

  7. Karen on November 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    FYI, Century Arms in FL imports Canik, might try giving them a call if y’all are having difficulty locating a Canik. I have had my Mete SFx for 3 weeks, after wanting a Canik for over a year. I started shooting with an M&P 2.0 EZ year ago, and Canik is much superior (considering my limited experience!). I am 57 and female with a good amount of arthritis and broke my elbow 1/2021, Canik is much easier to shoot accurately than S&W. And just had a IWB holster made by “On Your 6” in San Antonio, $41 + tax (I’m local so don’t know about shhipping).

  8. CJ on November 16, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    You got the models reversed, as so many seem to do online. The SFx has a 5.2″ barrel; the SFT is shorter, 4.7 I think.

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