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[Video+Review] Canik Mete SFX & SFT: Budget-Friendly Turkish 9mm?

We reviewed the TP9 SFX a while back, and I called it one of the softest shooting guns I’ve ever worked with.

So, when Canik announced a set of new striker-fired 9mm pistols – the Mete, I knew I wanted to try them out.

Canik Mete SFT SFX
Canik Mete SFT & SFX.

Luckily, Canik was cool enough to send us two, the Mete SFT and SFX, for review.

Heading into this review, we’ll talk about the SFT and SFX, looking at the pros and cons of each platform. Then we’ll head to the range and see how they perform.

Canik Mete SFT Shooting

Ultimately, we’ll help you decide whether you want to add the Mete to your gun safe 

If you want to see the Mete pistols in action, check out the video below.

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Mete: What Is It?

First off, before you ask and because there’s a lot of confusion on this, it’s pronounced Met-A.

The Mete series consists of striker-fired, semi-automatic, polymer-framed 9mm pistols available in SFX or SFT models.

Canik Mete SFT SFX
Meet the Mete.

To simplify things and avoid the alphabet soup that Canik prefers in its naming scheme, SFX is the long slide while the SFT is the short one

Big gun. Little gun. 

520
at Canik

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The SFT measures 7.5-inches long and sports a 4.5-inch barrel.

It weighs in unloaded at about 28-ounces. 

Canik Mete SFT
Canik Mete SFT.

On the other hand, the SFX comes in at 8.25-inches in overall length with a 5.25-inch barrel.

It weighs a sturdy 30-ounces unloaded and also offers a ported slide. 

Both bring a monstrous 18 + 1 and 20 + 1 capacity, depending on magazine. 

Canik Mete SFT SFX

Because they sent me a pre-release package, I ended up with extra stuff — four magazines, optics, lights, and an extra barrel. 

The actual real-deal street package, though, doesn’t come with all of this.

Canik Mete SFT SFX in box
Canik Mete SFT and SFX in box.

But it will still have a ton of stuff – pair of magazines, magwell flare, holster, backstraps, and a toolkit.

(To be honest, I thought the tool kit was dumb when I first saw it. But I ended up using everything in it on day one.)

Canik Mete Tool
The toolkit in question.

And that’s where Canik just crushes the rest of the market — all the stuff they send.

MSRP right now is $575 for the SFX and $520 for the SFT. Street price will probably fall in the $500 range…maybe. 

Mete Features

Some features are typical Canik, while others are upgrades for the Mete line.   

The upgraded grips provide a fantastic texture. You can dial it in further by changing out the backstraps. 

Canik Mete SFX
Canik Mete SFX

These pistols also feature an undercut trigger guard and a new and improved beavertail.  

There’s also a rail upfront, so you can accessorize with a laser/light if you want. 

Canik Mete SFX
We always appreciate the ability to add a light.

Out of all the new features, my favorite is the magwell. It’s flared and made of aluminum, I think.

The Mete sights are a 3-dot system that co-witness with the red dot.  And speaking of red dots…

Canik Mete Sights Cowitness
A little co-witness action going on there.

Another cool feature is optics cut slides that are ready to go on day one.

I added a Trijicon RMR to the SFX and a Shield RMSC to the SFT. Both ran great. 

Canik also offers night sights, if that’s your thing. 

Canik Mete Sights Shield RMSC
We dig the option to add optics!

Ergonomics & Aesthetics

In my hands, these pistols feel outstanding.

The controls sit right where I want them, and the mag release is great. Not to mention, the grip angle and beavertail feel good. 

Canik Mete SFX
These pistols feel nice.

Let’s talk triggers because these can sometimes make or break a pistol design.

For the Mete series, the triggers…are pretty awesome. I would go so far as to say they are one of the best stock triggers in the pistol market — light and easy. Also, the reset is crazy shallow.

The trigger is almost so light it takes some getting used to, but, boy, when you do, it feels sweet. 

Canik Mete Trigger
It’s pretty light.

Slides on the SFX and SFT are finished with Cerakote over nitride, which should be rock solid. 

And they have some fantastic serrating upfront and in the back for gripping however you want. 

As far as aesthetics, they look pretty good, despite some branding on the grip. The SFX slide ports add a nice touch too.

Canik Mete SFT
They look nice!

Range Time!

For this test, I used nothing but Russian steel-cased ammo. While I would love to insert some reality show-level drama in here…I can’t. Both pistols ran perfectly.

Canik Mete 9mm Ammo Box
9mm just waiting to get fired.

I encountered zero issues. The guns fed, fired, and ejected just as intended. They even locked back on empty.

Canik Mete SFT Shooting
Spoiler alert, they ran great!

There were a couple of instances where they didn’t lock back, but that was entirely user error. I ride the slide release with my thumbs…y’all know how that is.

Despite the thumbs issue, the pistols handled well but caveat…

Canik Mete SFX
Shooting the SFX.

I did not run either gun suppressed, nor did I try brass ammo. So, your mileage may vary with those factors.

All that said, I was honestly surprised with how different the SFX ran as compared to the SFT. The SFX’s long slide and ports just eat up recoil for a smoother shooting experience.

Accuracy-wise, I stacked rounds, and I couldn’t really tell the difference between the pair. They both nailed targets, no problem.

Canik Mete Targets

As far as shortcomings, the big one for me is I wish it was made in the USA.

And I think some folks would like a black option rather than tired dark earth? But that’s about the only complaints I have.

Canik Mete Slide Serrations
You know I prefer American-made.

By the Numbers

Reliability: 5/5

With any new gun to market, we want to hear reports from lots of testers as end-users. But for our two models…awesome reliability. 

Ergonomics: 4/5

At the end of the day, you’re still gripping a chunk of plastic. But the controls are well thought out, and the new grip is doggone good. 

Canik Mete SFX Shooting

Accuracy: 4.5/5

You’ll put shots where you want them consistently. 

Customization: 5/5

Lots you can do to this one. Have fun. 

Value: 5/5

With all that comes with this one, the Mete may be the most bang for the buck in the industry.  

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at Canik

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Overall: 5/5

Huge value. Solid components. Good looks. Other than it not being made in the USA, we couldn’t ask for more. 

Conclusion

The Mete series by Canik introduces another striker-fired, polymer 9mm pistol into an already crowded market. But priced just over $500 and with a bunch of extras, I think the METE SFX and SFT are winners.

Canik Mete SFX Shooting

Due to size, the SFT is better equipped for concealed carry, but the SFX would make an excellent home defense gun, in my opinion.

With that massive capacity, options for night sights, a rail, and the fact it’s already cut for RMR….oh, and you can always add a threaded barrel…yeah, this is just a solid home defense bedside gun. 

Canik Mete Threaded Barrel
Threaded barrel.

Overall, the Canik Mete works well, whether you want a home defense gun or one for on the go.

To see the SFX and SFT in action, again, check out the video below.

What do you think of the Mete? Let us know in the comments below. Want to read more on Canik pistols? Check out our review of the TP9SFX.

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  • Commenter Avatar
    mlp

    Where can you get a threaded barrel for the SFX or the SFT?

    August 25, 2021 3:10 pm
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    Isosynapse

    Last time I checked, Turkey is not exactly a friend of the West, least of all the United States; why they are still in NATO is a rhetorical question. So I’ll pass, and would suggest all stop buying from our enemies, including Turkey, China, Russia, etc., as well as avoid companies catering to them, I.e. Big Tech.

    August 22, 2021 8:34 pm
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      Rob

      So, punish private companies who produce outstanding products because of their government ideologies? Hopefully you don't drive a Ford, Use Verizon, drink Coca cola, ship by Amazon, watch NFL, NBA, or MLB. At the rate this county is being dragged toward Socialism, pretty soon, by your thinking, buying from an American manufacturer will be "supporting a socialist nation".

      September 14, 2021 12:36 am
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    Sam

    It could be solid gold but I’d never buy a turkish gun. America makes plenty of 5/5 guns without having to support another nation that hates us.

    August 21, 2021 1:42 am
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    Kenny Garrison

    I have the SC as my EDC and the Elite both are awesome. The biggest bang for the buck and a sweet feel and trigger. They will eat any ammo you put through them and I have had no failures. The SFX will be my next Canik maybe the Mete.

    August 20, 2021 9:01 am
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    Chuck Childress

    I have a cz612 defence shotgun have sent it back Turkish made gun is absolutely worthless

    August 20, 2021 5:14 am
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      J man

      Three years and probably 8000 rds through my sfx in three gun so I beg to differ.

      August 22, 2021 6:36 pm
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    Johnathan McLaughlin

    How is the Mete SFX different than the TP9 SFX? I would have loved to hear the differences between the two. I have the TP9 SFX and the only thing that sounded different was possibly the grip texture and the magwell option. But magwell additions can be added to the original SFX. The trigger is already awesome on the original - probably the best stock trigger of any gun I’ve tried. It would’ve been great to hear what the trigger weight was to be able to compare it to mine. Thanks for the review!

    August 19, 2021 6:26 pm
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    John

    I'd need a pre-release package to make it worth it to me. Too bad.

    August 19, 2021 4:58 pm
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    Joe Tomaiko

    Any experience with the Arex Delta Gen 2s and how these compare to those pistols? If not, maybe review them next?

    August 19, 2021 4:32 pm