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Anyone here have shot both in competition? What is your takeaway, which one do you prefer shooting most? What upgrades have y'all done? I currently have the TP9 SFX which I just recently acquired from a fellow shooter. I just shot 2 local night matches with it and still getting the hang of the gun. So far I am loving it and I may need to concentrate more on getting a good reloaded ammo for it. Only upgrades the previous owner have done was installing a Galloway precision guide rod with 20# recoil spring and a FS trigger. I am planning on getting the tungsten rod with a 14# 1911 com recoil spring. With that said, the Rival just cool af, but if yall don't see any difference, besides the looks of course, then I'll just stick with my current setup. Thanks in advance.
I mentioned this before, no matter how good the new Caniks are, I can't imagine a more accurate, fast, fantastic trigger (FS, vs the merely great stock Canik trigger), that shoots everything (once you ruin the 100% reliable stock operation with tinkering and then finally get it back to 100% later - in my case with the W74 guide rod).

I really like the Elite/Mete slide release, but that is the only reason to upgrade. If you are a slide racker, even that reason goes out the window.

All that being said, I don't trust myself if they bring out an SFx Mete in tungsten...
I was shooting a TP9 SFx in USPSA CO, then I got a Rival SFx and shoot that now, in CO. The TP9 rides around in mag as a backup, in case my Rival ever breaks during a match.

I did all the same mods to both. Tungsten guide rod, changed all the springs, TF (Taylor Freelance) brass back strap, Talon granulate grips, FS trigger, TF mag release button, and TF brass +4 base pads on all the mags.

I definitely like the Rival better. The trigger is better. The ergos around the beavertail area are more comfortable.
I've shot both extensively in competition. Both are more than adequate to shoot at a GM level. The Rival is better for the ergonomics, specifically the little bit better magwell, the more grabby slide. But if you are relatively new to competition shooting and have an SFX in hand, just continue to use that and spend the money on practice ammo or a competition class with a top shooter. Remember if you buy the Rival you will need to spend more on the mods you already have on your SFX and on a new holster (the Rival factory holster is actually reasonably ok, but long terms you'd probably want a little bit better competition holster).
I shoot the SFX in competition, I do not have the Rival but have a METE SFT. The main consideration not yet mentioned here is the different slide locks. If your grip favors the "thumbs high" style that some instructors out there advocate, you will have last round lock back issues with the SFX. The SFX slide lock sticks out and is perfectly positioned right where my support hand thumb needs to go (I'm right handed). This is not an issue on the Rival and METE, it is way more flush (and ambidextrous to boot).

That being said, I have already spent money to have my SFX frame stippled, the beavertail recontoured (original beavertail gave me a callous on the lower thumb knuckle) and a double undercut with more stippling added to the trigger guard (way nice). I won't be getting rid of it anytime soon, but if and when it ever does wear out, I will transition to the Rival or its descendent. Bonus advice to my fellow Canik competitors: find a gunsmith that does good frame stippling - you will never go back to grip tape.
My gunsmith does excellent stippling. He did it on the custom 45 he built for me.

But, when I shoot my TP9 or Rival SFx, with Talon granulate grip tape, I don't miss the stippling. It has been pretty hot here over the summer. I've had some really sweaty hands at times when shooting. The Talon granulate just works. And it was only $20 per gun.

I feel like stippling is more of a Gucci/luxury thing.
I agree that Talon tape is the cheaper option, however I do not agree that anything that enhances your grip on the gun is a Gucci thing. My wife and I even use the liquid chalk that rock climbers use when we shoot in competition. Talon tape wears out in about a year for me and needs to be reapplied. It doesn't help that in the action pistol competitions we do, we have to put our pistols in a bucket of water sometimes. I also like to give my frame a bath in the ultrasonic cleaner once in a while, so grip tape is not an option for me in that case.

I might even say that getting an aggressive stippling job is better spent money than playing around with the gun's spring set-up, but I'm afraid I might get kicked off the forum! :lol: :lol:
BlasterRick2 wrote: Mon Sep 12, 2022 6:19 pm I also like to give my frame a bath in the ultrasonic cleaner once in a while,....
How does this work out for you? I have a small ultrasonic cleaner and I keep thinking about doing it but I have "doing it for the first time reservations".

I clean brass and small parts in to all the time.

Not trying to hijack this post. Just a quick question. We can start a new thread if there's a lot to discuss on this topic.
I use a Harbor Freight ultrasonic cleaner, which is big enough to do at least a couple frames with the grips sticking up. I also use the Lucas solvent (pricey, but smells like grape soda and doesn't stink up my garage). A couple of cycles with light scrubbing produces great results IMHO. The most annoying part is getting the solvent back out - I hang my frames to drip-dry, but am considering using compressed air to speed things up. I originally got the ultrasonic cleaner for my monolithic .22 suppressor, but now I use it for barrels, RSAs, and even slides (as long as they don't have a red dot or night sights). You might be able to do slides with an optic if you use a low enough solvent level to keep it high and dry, but I'm not that brave.

As for the previous question, the local pistol competition we shoot in is run by a particularly "imaginative" individual. You can expect about anything, and you will still be surprised. One stage, called "shooter's choice" involves either starting with your pistol field stripped on the ground in front of you, or fully assembled in a bucket of water. Everybody picks the bucket. There is another stage where you have to shoot prone in a half-filled kiddie pool. Refreshing on a hot day!
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The bucket of water sounds fun. I like innovative stages. I figured that might be the case.

I shoot a Tp9 Sfx in IDPA, USPSA. I've looked at the rival and do think it is a little nicer. However, I undercut the trigger guard and rounded the the frame at the top of the backstrap. I also knocked the knobs off so a talon grip sticks better and lays flat.

Main advantage I saw was the slide stop.

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