Good day all. Below is a review that I wrote on a Girsan Yuvaz 16. The article, with pictures can be found at the link below. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or suggestions for how to make my future reviews more informative.
(despite my best attempts, I cannot direct link to my drop box folder. Use the above link and remove the space between "rev" and "iew.docx" and it works)
new pistol came through my shop the other day, a Turkish copy of the
Beretta 92, called the Girsan Yuvaz 16 with a price tag of $550. As
I’ve learned, the firearm is the official sidearm of the Turkish
Police and Military. Having never heard of this firearm up until that
day, I decided to take it down and compare it side by side with the
Beretta original, both firearms are full size models, with tac-rail.
main difference between the Girsan and the Beretta is the grip.
the Girsan has machined finger grooves on the front side of the grip
while the Beretta has vertical slots. Overall the Girsan feels nicer
and really fills the hand in a pleasing way. I passed the firearm to
people with both smaller and larger hands, and have almost always
received positive comments on the grip. My one complaint is that the
grip does get a little slippery when your hands get wet or sweaty, a
little grip tape would go a long way here if this becomes a serious
issue, but to put it plainly, firing 9mm loads out of an all metal
gun doesn’t produce very intense recoil
by side grips of the Girsan (left) and the Beretta (right)
was quite impressed with the fit and finish of the Girsan, the finish
is quite comparable to the Beretta. The slide and all the controls
were nice and tight, just as you’d expect from a brand new firearm.
There were no scratches on the barrel itself after firing and the
pistol looks as new on my counter right now.
is where I found the big differences between the Girsan and the
Beretta; I found the trigger pull on the Girsan to be smooth and
lighter than the Beretta. Additionally, the single action pull on the
Beretta felt as though it had a slight burr on the Sear or Hammer
notch. While it would likely wear away over time or with a little
polish, it still felt as though it were there. I was, unfortunately,
not able to fully disassemble the Beretta and inspect it more
I was surprised to find that the Beretta 92 came with a plastic full
length recoil guide rod, while the Girsan came with a full length
steel guide rod. I’d note that the Steel guide rod of the Girsan is
hollow on the inside, allowing you to add weight. Both firearms
feature the same style of loaded chamber indicator, Disassembly is
the same on both. Both firearms feature a safety which also serves as
a decocking device, a spring loaded firing pin, 3dot sights, and a
DA/SA trigger. The Beretta does feature a chamfered firing pin hole
that the Girsan does not, giving it (theoretically) more reliability
as brass shavings cannot interfere with the operation of the firing
guide rod of a Girsan 9mm Compact at the shop (left) and a Beretta 92
Girsan was smooth and accurate throughout my shoot. I produced groups
an inch in diameter at 12 yards. Considering it was my first time
shooting a 92 style pistol, I’d say I was quite impressed. It was a
rather wet day at the range, and I fired the Girsan both with and
without gloves and had no issues with the finger grooved grip. I
found that the trigger reset on the Girsan is a little long for my
taste, but is acceptable within today’s market. I was happy to see
that I was still getting X-ring shots in DA out to 10 yards. As far
as DA goes, the front sight is much easier to keep on target through
the 10lb pull with a strong high isosceles grip, Switching to Weaver;
I found that that accuracy was lost. Naturally, Individual results
notwithstanding, I would not hesitate to recommend the Girsan over
the Beretta. That recommendation only becomes stronger when you
factor in cost, and consider that the Girsan is ~$300 cheaper than
its Beretta counterpart. The recoil is quite low, allowing very fast
follow up shots. The pistol is simple to disassemble and maintain. I
would not hesitate to recommend this firearm to new or experienced
shooters looking for an inexpensive alternative to a classic firearm.
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Posted: September 07 2014 at 10:11pm | IP Logged
Sounds like an interesting gun. I had one of the Kirrikale Walther clones for a while and liked it well enough, and one of my neighbors has the Turk copy of the CZ75. Some interesting iron coming out of Turkey these days.
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Posted: September 08 2014 at 12:42am | IP Logged
Nice review, thanks for posting it.
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