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TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:09 am
by Hibuckhobby
My first time out with this gun as new was a mixed bag. Was using Blazin Brass 115 in it and got
about one FTE every three rounds on the second magazine...first was fine. Accuracy was good,
at least as good as I can shoot. I expected less recoil than my Walther Creed, but there wasn't
much difference.

I joined the forum and read about stiff recoil springs etc., and decided to put more rounds through
it. Thus far, I have about 250 rounds through it and last time out had zero FTE's and one failure
to lock back. Going to try some remanufactured ammo today and see how we are progressing. I
believe it will work out just fine, it just takes time to loosen up.
Hibuck...

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:14 am
by Janik
Yah, not uncommon in the first couple hundred rounds till the RSA loosens up. I had that happen first couple times out with a new Canik when the brand was still relatively new to me. I since learned that if I run a couple boxes of NATO or something similar through a new Canik the RSA will loosen up nicely. I own several Caniks and they all will eat anything I feed them. That damn RSA is stiff though. I don't know why Canik assumes everyone is going to shoot "hot" ammo all of the time.

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:16 am
by ncjw
If you can't find 127gr NATO, I think that just about any 127gr will work until the break in is complete. I pretty much just use 127gr all the time now as on a sale, the prices are the same or very close to 115gr.

Others have also stored it is a slide locked back condition to help with break in. I have not done this so I can't swear to the effectiveness.

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:18 am
by ncjw
Janik wrote: Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:14 amI don't know why Canik assumes everyone is going to shoot "hot" ammo all of the time.
...because the Euro cops and military that it is designed for get their 127gr NATO standard ammo for free...

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:02 pm
by keltex78
WWB 124 gr. NATO spec bulk pack from Wal Mart if you have it available. My SFx shot like yours when new using 115 grain standard pressure. A couple of bulk pack boxes of the NATO stuff shot shot flawlessly. Now I can shut the standard pressure WWB stuff with no problems.

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:49 am
by Hibuckhobby
OK...about 60 rounds of reman 115g downrange with two FTE's both directly relatable to ammo
with cases that looked just slightly tweaked. The rest was flawless and satisfyingly accurate both
at 7m and 10m. This gun and my FN are my two favorites.
Hibuck...

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:34 pm
by GlennSFX
Hibuckhobby wrote: Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:49 am OK...about 60 rounds of reman 115g downrange with two FTE's both directly relatable to ammo
with cases that looked just slightly tweaked. The rest was flawless and satisfyingly accurate both
at 7m and 10m. This gun and my FN are my two favorites.
Hibuck...
That's good to hear!

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:30 pm
by Hibuckhobby
Have about 250 rounds thru it now and last visit went w/o a hitch. In the interim I contacted century
and they are sending me a lighter spring as well. Great customer service!

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:41 am
by DWARREN123
My SF Elite took a couple of hundred rounds of "warm" ammo to run everything I would put thru it.
Once broke in it is good to go.

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:43 pm
by DiGecko
Just returned from the range with brand new SFL. 150 rounds of 124gr white box Winchester - failure to go in to battery every 3rd or 5th shot. 50 rounds of 124gr Fiocchi - only 2 failure to go in to battery. 100 rounds of Federal 115 - no issues. Is this an ammo problem or something is up with the gun?

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:36 am
by Bfgloki
These pistols have a reputation for very stiff RSA springs due to their NATO specifications on development. Common practice is to purchase and break in with Winchester NATO 124g ( approx 100-150 rds) and then it will function with just about anything you feed it. I suspect that the lighter power Winchester you started with ( and the fact it also is loaded slightly longer then other 9mm rounds) was the issue and by the time you ran it and the Fiocchi( which runs a little warmer ) the spring was subdued and then the Federal ran fine.

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:33 pm
by DiGecko
Range trip 2, another 300 rounds having me scratching my head. 124gr Remington 50 rounds, 0 issues, 124gr PPU NATO (loaded hot) 8 failure to go in to battery out of 50. Then 200 115gr of Federal with 0 issues.
It seems that it just does not like hot NATO rounds, which does not make any sense to me.

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:50 pm
by Harley#3
I also had problems with 115 grains, when new. The long slides are very tight, I still use 124, feeds well, Federal usually.

Re: TP9SFL at the range

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:45 am
by silverstateshooter
I have what may be considered a "1st Gen" SFL and have never had any failures to go into battery, failures to eject, or failures to feed with any ammunition I have used (115g or 124g in about 3-400rds). I may have had 1 or 2 failures (don't want to be that guy who says "my pistol never fails"), but honestly can't say that I remember such an incident. Just like how some people say their glocks (yes, glocks fail too) don't go into battery or have a failure to eject, this issue is usually corrected with a strong, proper grip. Maybe evaluate your purchase on the pistol and make sure that you have a nice high grip up on the beaver tail and make sure your support hand wrist isn't "broken" (i.e. a full straight line with your forearm). If you have a strong grip without any "glock wrist", then like many have said, it is probably just the period of break in required for the RSA.