|Point of View by Enis PINAR
Opinions expressed in these columns are the individual authors’ views and do not necessarily represent the Ten Thousand Turks Campaign’s positions.
Posted on February 14, 2021
Thank you U.S. Congress and the Armenian & Greek-American lobbies …
We are all familiar with how after the U.S. Congress and Administration denied the sale to Turkey of U.S. drones; Turkey developed its own drones such as the Bayraktar and has gained worldwide reknown in the manufacture and sale of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s).
But, does everyone remember the ongoing Congressional arms embargo on the sale of U.S. semi-automatic handguns to Turkey imposed in 2017 under pressure from the Armenian and Greek-American lobbies following the skirmish in Washington, DC between Erdogan’s security detail and violent Armenian/Kurdish demonstrators?
Well, thanks to that embargo, instead of importing SigSauer handguns from the U.S. for use by Turkish law enforcement as in the past, Turkey has developed a handgun, the SAR9X pistol, which has just won the Reader’s Choice Gold Award of U.S. Tactical Retailer defense magazine over the SigSauer. No more “beylik Kirikkale” pistols. Once again Turkey has met and overcome the obstacles set forth by its enemies; excelling in the process. Those who choose to become adversaries of Turkey would do well to remember Newton’s Third Law of Motion:
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Turkish-made SAR9X pistol receives 2nd award in US
The SAR9X Platinum handgun. (Courtesy of Sarsılmaz)
FEB 12, 2021 12:16 PM
Turkey’s SAR9 pistol won the Reader’s Choice Gold Award of U.S. Tactical Retailer defense magazine, becoming its second award in the handgun category since the beginning of this year.
According to the announcement by Sarsılmaz, the producer of the SAR9, Sig Sauer received a silver award, followed by a bronze medal of well-known Austrian handgun Glock.
In January, another version of the SAR9, the SAR9X Platinum, was awarded the 2020 Editor’s Choice Award of the U.S.-based On Target defense magazine.
Produced by Turkey’s Sarsılmaz under a project initiated by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), the SAR9X Platinum 9 mm pistol is used by Turkish police and armed forces. It has been exported to the U.S. through a subsidiary, SAR USA.
The SAR9 pistol was introduced by SAR USA for the first time at the 2018 Shot Show and received outstanding reviews from experts. Shortly after, the SAR9X Platinum was revealed, which has numerous add-ons and accessories. It has often been compared with Glock and is assessed as having better features.
“Due to the low bore axis and overall great ergonomics, the SAR9X is, arguably, more comfortable, controllable and flat-shooting under recoil than the Austrian pistol its features resemble. No malfunctions were recorded during testing,” On Target magazine said.
“Given this pistol’s ergonomics, accuracy, reliability, host of useful accessories and rock-bottom sticker price, we consider the SAR9X Platinum to be a very worthy recipient of 2020 On Target Editors’ Choice Award,” it added.