As an avid enthusiast of all things firearms I have spent a lot of time working with and reviewing Turkish made weapons. Companies like Tisas,
Canik55, and Girsan have all produced fantastic firearms over the years and have been imported in limited numbers to the US.
Some of the most notable are the Canik55 TP series pistols which are sold in the US for about $300. Absolutely fantastic weapon and superbly reliable.
But I cannot recommend it.
The Turkish government has started a long awaited crackdown on its own people and the amassing of power into one man. Erdogan is an Islamist dictator
and therefore any and all weapons and products currently being produced for import by Turkish companies will no longer be recommended, reviewed, used,
or even mentioned.
The Turkish government has threatened the United States, made unreasonable demands, and is currently busy purging 10s of thousands of people Erdogan
deems "not loyal enough" for his government.
I will also no longer do business with companies like Century Arms or Eagle Imports until they discontinue the importation and sales of Turkish
The Turkish government, Erdogan himself, has direct ties to ISIS. Buying their oil, allowing free passage of operatives, and even siding with them on
the battlefield against the Kurds.
This is the last straw for me.
I may not be able to do anything about the situation in Turkey. But I don't have to help them fund their oppressive tactics by buying from their arms
If you want good alternatives to Turkish firearms, the Slovenian Grand Power pistols are fantastic and are a good budget weapon for anyone from a
self-defender to competition shooters. The Philippines have Armscor who make Rock Island Armory 1911s which have garnered a well deserved reputation
for reliability and quality.
I'm not asking anyone else follow suit as it is your right to purchase from anyone within the confines of the law. But I will no longer support them,
and I don't think my fellow Americans should either.
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