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A Turkish Firearms Tour — A Day of Shooting: Day 4

by James Tarr   |  June 21st, 2012 3

The K2 is a CZ-75 styled pistol scaled up for the .45 ACP cartridge. Designed to take Para magazines, it holds 14+1 rounds, can be carried cocked and locked, and is available now through EAA with an MSRP of $592

I’ve been to ranges in a lot of places, and you never know what you’re going to get.  I was interested to see what kind of range we’d be shooting at in Turkey.  We piled into our Tahoe at the plant and our hosts jumped into a Ford Mondeo with an assortment of pistols and shotguns pulled off the line, and we drove about fifteen minutes out into the country to a private range.

RELATED: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

I said in an earlier post that Turkey really reminded me of Italy, and nowhere was that resemblance stronger than at the range.  Sitting near the top of a hillside looking over rolling, terraced green fields, all the houses I could see had red tile roofs, and the gentlemen busting clays on the trap line were all shooting Perazzis.


We had to chase a small herd of cows off the pistol range.  The cows provide an added benefit (short grass), but not without cost (occasional piles of what used to be grass after it had been processed through the cows’ digestive systems).

This is a polymer-framed B6 compact which is not yet available in the states, but there are plans to import it.

If we had expressed a desire to shoot something, our hosts brought one or three along.  Sarsilmaz’ B6 was one of the favorites as this CZ-75-type pistol is very soft shooting, and we had an opportunity to shoot the polymer-framed version of this gun as well.  The all-steel gun will be imported very soon.


I put a number of rounds through the SAR ST10.  I’m told neither Sarsilmaz nor the people from EAA (the importer) like it when writers say the ST10 physically resembles the HK USP, but I’m a paid observer.  The pistols went bang every time we pulled the trigger, but as I don’t like the looks of either the HK or the ST10 I will leave it for those of you who do.

Mark Hampton runs a SARPASP--That is, an SAR Arms Pump Action Special Purpose shotgun. Special Purpose means that it comes with a pistol grip stock and ghost ring sights. It features adjustable ventilated choke tubes, a receiver rail if you want to mount a dot, and the magazine tube accepts extended magazine tubes designed for Remingtons.

The pistol I most enjoyed shooting, and which is available now through EAA, is the K2.  This is a CZ-75-type pistol, but chambered in .45 ACP.  14+1 rounds of .45 ACP!  This pistol is fed by Para magazines, but the grip does not feel anything like a Para Ordnance, as it has the traditional CZ humpback styling, just scaled up.  The plastic grips are thin and, honestly, it doesn’t feel big enough to hold that many rounds.  Sights are good, felt recoil is not bad at all, and it can be carried cocked and locked (although the safety positioning/styling isn’t as good as you’re going to find on 1911s).  At a suggested retail of $592 it’s a heck of a bargain.


We also had the opportunity to put the SAR pump (PA) and semi-auto (SA) shotguns through their paces.  What was the most surprising thing I saw at the range?  Remington ammunition made in Italy (if I remember correctly).  I’ve never seen a 1 1/5 oz. loading of shot before, and figuring out the grams to drams equivalent had everyone on their smartphones.

We saw a lot of apparently free range cows on the way to and from the range. It makes driving....interesting.

We literally shot until the cows came home, and the gunfire didn’t seem to bother them.  I guess that’s why they’re food.


I had a good time in Turkey, and while I wasn’t looking forward to either the 11-hour plane ride back or the airport I’d be arriving at (Chicago O’Hare, ugh), it’s always good to be home.

  • Guest

    The reason that Turkey looks so much like Italy is because it became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, which outlived the Western Roman empire after the Barbarian hordes sacked Rome. As such, the Emperor Constantine had a new capital built from scratch, Constantinople, utilizing the best architects and builders in the Roman Empire. This was before the Ottoman Turks overthrew Constantinople, renaming the city, "Istanbul"…just an FYI. Enjoyed the article, though I still get cranky when I think about the Turks taking over (and in many cases, ruining) what was the gem of the Eastern (and Christian) Roman Empire, Constantinople, Agia Sophia, and the surrounding cities.

    • Mert

      So dear stranger, who doesnt really have an ideadabout how Turks are and what they've done and do, you are just telling the "common stereotypes" about Turks. As a Turk (which im really proud of) I can tell that non of my ancestors had ruined any architecture or culture when they captured a city. My ancestors including " Huns, Göktürks, Uygurs, Selcuks, Ottomans and many others…" had never been a barbarian or against the people from other religions or to their architectures.

      First of all when Huns conquered Europe they started the first steps of Europian architectury that now you can barely see in Hungray, Australia even in Italy, Vatican.

      After thousands of years my ancestors came back to their old lands " Anatolia" and took over it and never harmed people from other religions or their architecture. They've been always kind to them.

      Also I am very sad you have said Ottomans ruined Agia Sophia but the truth is one of the best architects in the world Mimar Sinan (a Turk) restored and rebuilt the Agia Sophia after Ottomans captured the city. Because Agia Sophia was built by wrong materials and it wasnt able to hold its own weight. So it means instead of ruining we upgraded it.

      My country is a multicultural country so are my people. I suggest you people to break your stereotypes about us. We are not a religious country, we aren't being rulled by Religious leaders or we dont have more than one wifes. And i can tell we and my ancestors gave much more love and rights to the women than yours have done. And also we are much peaceful and democratic than any other countries in Europe. We once had a great leader that all of your past kings knelt before Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. And we are on his way.

      I can prove my country isnt in the way you think. But can you?

      • TK51

        Thanks for sharing that, Mert. I've always been fond of Turkish pistols and their long history. Some day I'd love to visit Turkey. I think it's an amazing country with a fascinating history and a lot of natural and architectural beauty.

        As for the article, Thanks! Nice to get some better knowledge of some truly underrated pistols. SAR makes some of the best bang for the buck pistols you will find. Buy one with confidence!

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