Saturday, March 26, 2016

Hitting the target market...

Here in America, land of the lawsuit, our ammunition manufacturers generally adhere to the maximum chamber pressure guidelines set forth by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, or SAAMI. (Its international equivalent would be the Commission Internationale Permanente pour l'Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives, or CIP.)

One area of difference between the two is how the 9x19mm (9mm Luger or Parabellum) cartridge is handled. SAAMI's spec is conservative by several thousand PSI, because it was adopted with an eye toward all manner of Doughboy and GI bringback guns, including guns like the Glisenti, which might not really be up to firing full-steam 9x19 loads without turning into pipe bombs.

Soft-shooting SAAMI-spec 9mm probably helped cement the reputations of many war trophy bringback pistols as unreliable jammomatics, which brings us to the current test of the Canik TP9v2. It has had issues with both CCI Blazer Brass 115gr FMJ and, now, Federal American Eagle 115gr FMJ. Both are loads that are within SAAMI spec and have functioned fine in all the pistols in which I've tried them. (The Blazer Brass is actually the standard range ammo at Indy Arms Co. and functions just fine in all the rental guns.)

So here's the thing: You're importing a gun from Turkey and are planning on selling it at a bargain price. Do you think that people who can only afford to shell out $340 or so for a pistol are going to want to shop around to find ammo that will reliably function their weapon, or are they going to expect it to run with whatever SAAMI-spec ammunition they buy?

This is reminding me of the early days of the HS2000, which eventually became the XD after Springfield Armory swooped in and snatched the import rights away from Intrac back in Knoxville. You've gotta be wondering if someone's waiting in the wings to pull the Canik away from Century and give it a flashy name, an ad campaign, a solid warranty program, and about two pounds less recoil spring.