The Canik METE M9 Reviewed
There are many options available on the micro pistol market. Finding a good option for everyday carry can be difficult when you look at the cheaper options. It’s not impossible, as manufacturers like Taurus and others have come out with budget-friendly entry-level carry guns. Canik has released its METE-MC9 to the market. This kit is a bargain at under $500 and has an impressive amount of capacity. Take a look at the Canik MC9.
This affordable concealed carry handgun comes with a variety of features at a low price. The MC9 is a small handgun that packs a lot of power into its compact size. It comes with a standard 12-round magazine and a 15-round extended mag. The MC9 is a little over 6” long, but it has a width and height of only 1.12”. This makes it one of the larger capacity options for its size. Canik made the MC9 light with a weight of only 21.2 oz. Its overall dimensions and size are almost identical to a SIG Sauer P365XL.
As for accessories, the MC9 handgun comes standard with two magazines, a holster and a cleaning kit. It also includes swag. The $439 MSRP of this gun is still high for many, but you get everything you need when you look at the overall value. It also has an ambidextrous release slide and comes with a standard optic from the factory. This is a pistol that offers optimum value for its price. The MC9 is priced at $439.99, and it’s starting to ship. How did it perform?
|Manufacturer Part #||HG7620BD-N||Model||METE M9|
|Take Action||Semi-automatic||Types of||Striker Fired|
|Barrel Length||3.18”||Color||Black, Flat Dark Earth|
|Capacity||15 Rounds||Accessories||2 Magazines|
|Description||1-12Rd, 1-15Rd||Safety||No-Thumb Safety|
|Sights||3 Dot||Subcategory||Pistols with Polymer Frame|
Since it provided me with slightly more traction, I used the 15-round extended mag for most of my testing. I have so far put about 550 rounds into the METE MC9. In general, I try to get as close to 1,000 rounds for my reviews. However, with sub-compact guns you can learn a lot in just 500-600 shots. The handgun is well balanced with a slight snappy impulse, but the overall recoil is manageable. The three-dot setup is definitely usable, and the high-contrast black-white setup allows you to pick up your sights with little effort. The iron sight is not fancy with tritium or other inserts, but it works well for its basic purpose.
It’s also not a trigger you can sleep on. When I first picked up this pistol, I didn’t expect much. The quality of the gun’s trigger was much better than I expected for the price. The striker-fired gun trigger is slightly twitchy before it hits the wall. It then breaks at around 5.5 pounds before a medium length reset.
It was a little longer than usual for me, but I quickly learned how to do it with a few practice sessions. Even with a slightly longer reset it was easy to fire the MC9 at the range. The optics mount is a very nice addition. The MC9 has a modified RMSc foot print so that any Holoson K-series optics can be mounted on this optics cut.
Accuracy and reliability
The Canik METE MC9 is a good performer when it comes to accuracy. It can maintain tight groups up to 25 yards. While I was resting, i shot some 5-shot groups. The average group size was 1.5″ with the largest being 1.92″. This is acceptable for a small gun with a barrel that’s just over 3″ and it can outshoot about 90% of the people who carry it. Although it is difficult to determine accuracy from a distance with a small gun, it’s good to know that it can be used in certain situations.
The Canik METE MC9 is 100% reliable. I have fired over 550 rounds through it. In my testing I used Blazer Brass, Federal American Eagle, and Federal 124gr HST. The MC9 performed flawlessly with all the different grain weights and ammo types. It was a little easier to fire with the self-defense ammo, but still manageable. I tell everyone to test their new carry guns with a box or two of self-defense ammo to make sure they will work reliably.
Canik METE MC9 is ready to use right out of the package. The holster is already inside the waistband, so all customers need to do is purchase a box or self-defense ammunition. It’s no secret that I am not a fan of the two-clip holsters, but for a starter holster it’s a good option to get you started until you can order what your heart desires. This adds value to the MC9, as someone on a tight budget can get a complete set-up for a carry gun that costs less than some other options. This holster offers a high level of comfort, with its two-clip system distributing weight and providing a stable carrying platform.
This is an excellent option if you are on a tight budget. This gun is a great value, especially for the price. I’ve reviewed everything from budget carry guns to high-end models. This option is great if you are looking for a complete carry setup without spending a fortune. I’d recommend something that has a better, out-of-the box trigger if you have the budget to do so. It’s still a great deal and I think it’s an excellent gun for the price, but it’s not perfect.