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by Stephen C Date Added: Friday 22 February, 2013
The Canik Dolphin is a good pistol. It's well built, it shoots straight and so far it has cycled about 300 rounds of ammo with zero failures. It's based on the CZ-75b and that's good news as the CZ design will likely stand the test of 100 years time, much like the 1911.

However, when compared side-by-side with my superb, top-of-the-class CZ-75bd, the Canik Dolphin does fall a bit short. The finish grips and trigger are not as good as the CZ-75bd, but still pretty darned good considering the price difference. The dots on the sights are not painted all that well and the sight picture looks a bit squirrely as a result. Also on the downside is the really aggressive slide serrations. Jeez, if you grip hard enough, you just might cut yourself, bleed profusely and thrash about like a drunken sailor with angry hornets in his trousers. Perhaps this pistol was actually designed for gorillas and other leather-palmed simians?

One thing I like particularly well about the Canik Dolphin is the heft and balance. Recoil is nearly non-existent and once I change out the grips it should be very comfortable to shoot.

I'd summarize by calling the Canik Dolphin the dented-5-year-old-diesel-pickup-truck of the pistol world. It isn't great looking and a bit rough around the edges, but if you need a reliable workhorse that you can abuse a bit without suffering unpleasant consequences, then it's a fine choice.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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