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METE SFT and METE SFx: New Members of the CANiK Military and Law Enforcement Family

by Buse Köse

Alper ÇALIK / a.calik@milscint.com

Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) launched two new handguns of CANiK brand in the US market in August. This new tactical handgun family, which SYS calls the METE series, offers many advantages for users such as the armed forces and law enforcement agencies with its innovations. This handgun family, having a renewed and redesigned frame compared to the TP9 series, initially comes to the market with two different full-size handgun models, METE SFT and METE SFx. These handguns are planned to be offered for sale in Turkey soon.

SYS completed the full-length frame design of its new handguns in its own R&D centre with approximately 18 months of work. Many innovations were utilised in the handguns during this process. Some of these are the new beavertail and trigger guard that increase ergonomics, enlarged optic interface and a special rear sight that allows one hand emergency operation. In addition, the handgun can be drawn very quickly with the right holster and can be field stripped to its smallest part. SYS aims to take the combat capabilities of those who fight on the front lines one step further with all these innovations.

METE SFT

Meanwhile, all these features can offer a better shooting experience to sports shooters and handgun users for personal and home defence purposes.

New METE Series Replaces TP9 METE Series

METE SFx

METE SFT and METE SFx handgun models, which have just joined the CANiK product family, will replace TP9 SFT METE and TP9 SFx METE over time. SYS also aims to renew all models in the TP9 METE product family in this process. Speaking on the subject, C. Utku Aral, General Manager of SYS, said: “We are currently developing a new version of all models within the TP9 METE family with our new frame style. We plan not to continue the production of TP9 SFT METE and TP9 SFx METE handguns after starting the mass production of these new handguns. However, we will continue to supply spare parts and accessories throughout the life cycle of these weapons as per our ’Platform Not a Handgun’ approach. Our users who have our TP9 METE series handguns can ease their minds.”

The most important feature of the new METE handguns, apart from the advanced new frame, is its enlarged optic interface. Not only micro-optics but also reflex sights can be used on METE series handguns of SYS. It is aimed that the METE series will lead the way with its global competitors with its design compatible with RMRcc product of Trijicon which stands out with its pistol reflex sighs. In addition, the handguns can be used with both optic sights and iron sights since the handguns have CO-WITNESS feature.

Aral points out the difficulty of such a design: “The important thing here was not to design a Trijicon RMRcc compatible handgun, which was preferred by law enforcement and military units all over the world, especially in the USA, but to design a handgun that was compatible with RMRcc and a handgun that has CO-WITNESS feature. However, we have achieved this thanks to our intensive R&D and engineering.”

Another prominent feature of METE SFT and METE SFx models is the design of rear sights. These rear sights, designed with a slightly downward facing frontal surface, enable the handguns to be racked with one hand in case of emergency. Holding the gun normally from the grip with one hand, the shooter can rack the slide by placing the rear sight against something strong such as the edge of the table or the belt on their waist and then pushing the gun.

Trigger Group Designed from Scratch

METE series handguns can be disassembled and reassembled very quickly up to the smallest part, including the trigger group, thanks to their special designs. The user can adjust their handgun, according to their preference, without any professional help in this way. The disassembly of the handgun is performed using the newly developed “CANiK Punch” that comes with the handgun. It is possible to disassemble the handgun to the smallest part thanks to the new mechanism of the handgun designed from scratch and the new 36 mm slide stop lever in this way.

C. Utku Aral the General Manager of SYS

The special slot placed in the frame of the METE series right in front of the slide stop lever ensures that the handgun is automatically locked to suitably designed holsters and does not move unless the user wants it to. However, these special holsters allow the handgun to be pulled quickly by opening the lock automatically when the handgun is grasped correctly.

The barrel length of the METE SFT is 127 mm; its total length is 205.5 mm.

These handguns also offer the user a perfect grip with their specially designed bodies and beavertails. The shooter can quickly acquire the sight picture in this way. The shooter can grasp the handgun more easily with their supporting hand thanks to the trigger guard designed to have an upwardly curved lower surface. The new serrations on the sides and in front of the grip also strengthen the grip and make the handgun stick to the shooter’s hand.

Not only micro-optics but also Trijicon RMRcc can be used on the METE SFT, as on the METE SFx thanks to its enlarged optics ready slide cut.

Rich Box Content

The compatibility of handguns with magazine wells (magwell) can be a reason for choice for many shooters especially in various markets such as the USA. These special attachments, which expand the magazine entrance of the handguns like a “well”, allow the shooter to quickly insert the new magazine without taking their eyes off the target. The new METE series has a wide magazine entrance thanks to its design, and it acts as a natural magwell. However, shooters who want a larger magwell can use the magwell compatible backstraps that come with the handgun.

The box of the METE SFT and METE SFx models contain many more accessories. Some of these are:

The external changes are subtle but are instantly recognizable when handling the METE SFx.
  • 1 x 18 round magazine (for legal reasons, 2 18 round magazines will be offered to the civil market in Turkey)
  • 1 x 20 round magazine (for legal reasons, 20 round magazines will not be included in the box offered to the civilian market in Turkey)
  • IWB-OWB universal holster
  • Speed Loader
  • Spare backstraps in 2 different sizes
  • CANiK tool case
  • CANiK Punch
  • Cleaning kit
  • User manual
Inside the box of the new METE series being sold in the USA, there is a 20 round spare magazine instead of a 18 round one and also a special red coloured lock. The USA version of the box is seen in the picture.

Table 1. Technical Specifications of METE SFT and METE SFx Model Handguns

Model METE SFT METE SFx
Calibre 9×19 mm 9×19 mm
Magazine capacity 18 or 20 18 or 20
Barrel length
(normal barrel)
113.5 mm 132 mm
Barrel length
(silencer attachable barrel)
127 mm 146 mm
Overall length
(normal barrel)
192 mm 210.5 mm
Overall length
(silencer attachable barrel)
205 mm 225 mm
Height 145 mm 145 mm
Width 36 mm 36 mm
Weight
(with empty magazine)
791 g 853 g
Frame material Metal filled polymer Metal filled polymer
Action type Single action Single action
Mechanism Semi-automatic Semi-automatic
Firing system Striker fired Striker fired
Safety system Striker safetyTrigger safety Striker safetyTrigger safety
Sight Three Dot white Three Dot white
Characteristics Loaded chamber indicatorStriker status indicatorReversible magazine catchAmbidextrous Slide Stop LeverMag-Well Ready Interchangeable Backstrap (2 sizes)   Loaded chamber indicatorStriker status indicatorReversible magazine catchAmbidextrous Slide Stop LeverMag-Well Ready Interchangeable Backstrap (2 sizes)

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