You’re likely buying the Canik TP9 Elite SC for concealed carry, so you’ll need a nice concealable Canik TP9 Elite SC holster. Making sure you choose the right holster is all about carry position. You must note the position you plan to carry your TP9 Elite SC before buying a holster.
Concealed Carry Canik TP9 Elite SC Holster
Finding the right concealed carry Canik TP9 Elite SC. Holster is all about determining the right carry position. For a gun of this size, most people will consider carry positions such as appendix, strong side, ankle carry or small of the back. This gun just weighs too much for ankle carry. Although due to its size, many will think it would be a good fit. If you use this gun for ankle carry, the weight will eventually cause long-term health problems to your joints. This is something you likely want to avoid.
Choosing a concealed carry Canik TP9 Elite SC holster for smaller of the back carry is not smart either. It has the same issues as ankle carry with negative long-term health effects. A small of the back holster will sit right next to your spine. When just wearing the holster daily, you’re putting a lot of pressure on that area of your back and over time it will eventually cause issues. If you were to slip and fall on your back, it could potentially jam the gun or the holster into your spine, causing immediate devastating issues to your back. These are the reasons I would suggest avoiding small of the back carry.
IWB carry or inside the waistband care is going to be the most popular option for the Canik TP9 SC. The two most popular positions will be appendix and strong side carry. Appendix generally refers to carrying a gun board of the hips, while strong side carry refers to carrying the gun on or behind the hips. A holster set up for appendix carry, may not necessarily work well for strong side carry. And the same goes the other way. You want to make sure your holster is set up for your specific carry position. There are some features like rounding, which apply to both carry positions. But overall, you’re looking for something specific to that carry position. Holsters like our Singleton work well for both positions, due to their feature rich nature. We’re going to cover both strong side and appendix carry separately below.
When it comes to comfort, strong side carry might have some challenges. Most of this is going to depend on your body type. If you have a very flat rear, this won’t be as big of an issue, but if you have even a little bit of a rear end, then you’ll want to consider having a holster with a well-rounded muzzle. The reason is, the way the firearm will naturally sit on your body, the muzzle could likely poke into your rear end. If the muzzle isn’t well-rounded, it will feel like you have a rough cut two by four, jamming into your backside. This may not feel that bad at first, but when you carry a gun for six, 10, 15 hours a day, it can become an issue.
Something else I would suggest for most people is going with a Canik TP9 Elite holster that is a little bit longer than the SC model. The reason for this is it helps extend that muzzle out just a little bit farther, making the gun more comfortable for most users. If you have a flat rear, this may not be advantageous, as that little bit of extra length could cause printing issues through your pants if your shirttail tail isn’t long enough.
Another important feature is cant adjustment. Cant adjustment affects two main concerns with strong side carry. It affects your draw stroke as well as concealment. The Canik TP9 Elite SC is not a thin gun. In fact, it’s fairly chunky. So you want to make sure it sits as close to your body as possible. If the width of the gun does not print, then the grip of the gun is likely to. That grip is less likely to print if it’s perfectly aligned to sit close to your kidney. Having adjustable a cant allows you to determine how close that grip sits to your kidney. I suggest having cant on a holster between zero and 30 degrees. Having adjustable cant give you the option to make sure the grip of the gun conceals optimally for your body type.
Another factor that adjustable cant helps is draw stroke. Everybody has different length arms as it relates to the size of our waist. So the angle at which our handle wants to grip the gun will be a little bit different for everybody. We can optimize our draw stroke by changing the cant so that our hand perfectly aligns with the grip when we draw the gun. For some, this angle will be the same as optimal concealment, but for others, it will not. Having that adjustable retention with zero to 30 degrees, allows you to decide what will work best for you.
Appendix carry may be for different beast than strong side carry. You’re also going to want a well-rounded holster, but instead of the muzzle being the most important area, it’s going to be the area underneath the trigger guard. The reason for this is the gun will likely sit next to your inner thigh. When you’re carrying appendix, the gun should sit naturally in a pocket between your inner thigh and your groin. You want to fill this pocket up completely. I know this may sound counterintuitive, but the more the pocket is filled, the more comfortable the holster will be. The reason for this is pressure and surface area.
When carrying appendix, the weight of a gun will primarily sit above the belt line. Your body naturally will push the grip of the gun away from it and then gravity will want to tip the gun towards the ground. This is going to place pressure into your groin when you’re carrying appendix.
I think a holster that fills up all the space and the voids, evenly distributes that pressure, making the holster much more comfortable. Due to this, in all but extreme circumstances, I suggest not getting a Canik TP9 Elite SC holster, but instead getting a holster designed around the regular TP9 length guns. This setup will do a much better job of distributing the pressure and just be more comfortable in the long run.
Now we’ve talked about how the holster should fit in the pocket. Let’s cover ride height. Ride height is just as important to appendix carry as cant adjustment is to strong side carry. Ride height will affect three things, comfort, concealment, and draw speed.
As we talked about earlier, you want the holster to fit naturally in your pocket. All of us have different shaped bodies. So our belts and pants are going to ride differently on our hips. Also, depending on the cut of pants we are wearing, that will affect the distance between the belt and our pocket. Having a holster with adjustable ride height allows you to fit the holster into that pocket perfectly, making the holster much more comfortable to wear.
Now if concealment and draw speed are also a concern with your body type, things are going to get a lot more complicated. Generally, the closer the grip of the gun sits to your belt, the more concealable it will be. While the further the grip of the gun sits away from your belt, the quicker the draw will be. Comfort is going to depend completely on your body type and the relation of your belt to the pocket between your inner thigh and groin.
Having adjustable ride height allows you to determine what ride height is optimal for your situation. You can play with your holster and decide which ride height is optimal for you, giving you the option. If you have a holster with fixed ride height, unless you get lucky, the holster and your concealed carry experience with a Canik TP9 Elite SC holster will likely be suboptimal. Other accessories you want to consider to add to your Canik TP9 Elite SC holster are a claw and a wedge. We’ll cover those below.
A wedge is a device that sits between your Canik TP9 Elite C holster and the body. It helps kick the muzzle of the gun out away from you, while pushing the grip of the gun back in closer to your spine. It also helps fill voids in the pockets. This is an accessory that is easy to add to almost any Kydex holster, and it will really improve your concealed carry experience. By filling those voids, it makes the holster a whole lot more comfortable. I really don’t see any downside to adding a wedge to the holster. I’ve sold a lot of wedges and I’ve only had a few customers say that they didn’t work for them.
A wing or a claw is a device that sits off to the side of the holster and uses torque from the belt to lever the grip of the gun in close to your body. With appendix carry, this is very important as the grip is the most likely part of the gun to print. If I could only have one appendix carry accessory, this would be it. It helps a lot with concealment and just makes it a lot easier to carry a larger firearm.
Another added advantage is by changing the angle, the grip sits closer to your body, it also optimizes the angle of the pistol grip for your draw. Your hand will more naturally meet the grip when you go to draw the gun, making your draw just slightly faster.
Canik TP9 Elite SC OWB Holster
An OWB holster for the Canik TP9 Elite SC will likely be of the concealment variety. OWB is not the easiest position to carry a concealed pistol for most of us. You need to make sure you have a holster that is optimized for the task. For this, you’re going to want to look for two main features. And most importantly, you want a holster that will sit very close to the body. The closer the gun is to the body, the more concealable it will be. Usually a pancake style holster is the best for this task.
Another feature you want is adjustable cant between zero and 30 degrees. Just like with strong side IWB carry. You want adjustable cant for your Canik TP9 Elite SC OWB holster so you can optimize the grip of the gun next to your kidney. Getting that grip of the gun aligned well with your kidney will make concealment a lot easier.
The second advantage of an adjustable cant is optimizing that draw stroke. If you’re carrying the gun right at the three o’clock, you likely will not need or want much cant on the gun. No more than seven and a half degrees. At least if draw speed is your primary concern. Whereas you get further behind the hip, an increased cant will make your draw stroke much more optimal.
When it comes to concealment, say you’re carrying right at three o’clock. You may want to have 15 or 20 degrees of cant on the holster, but that will not be the optimal draw stroke. Having adjustable cant allows you to decide what is the best mix of draw stroke and concealment for you. Currently, a holster like this does not exist on the market, but it is an option we are working on. Please sign up for our email list to be notified.