Don’t be scared off when you read who makes the K2-45 .45 ACP pistol. Just because you are unfamiliar with the name, Sarsilmaz does not mean the company makes a poor quality pistol.
The only reason why you are unfamiliar with the name is that the Turkish manufacturer’s handguns have not been widely available in the United States for long—well, under the name Sarsilmaz anyway. Sarsilmaz has been producing ArmaLite’s AR-24 for over five years.
Imported by EAA, another “new” CZ-clone is Sarsilmaz’s K2-45. Based on one of the most reliable and copied actions in the world, the K2-45 is a short-recoil, locked-breech with modified Browning locking system and tilting barrel semi-automatic handgun. Building the gun around this action design naturally means you have a trusty gun that is dependable and operates reliably. After all, there is a reason why the CZ is one of the most copied designs ever. It just works.
Based on CZ-75’s .45 ACP cousin, the CZ-97B, the K2-45 resembles a mix-match of the CZ with a SIG P220 slide. The alloy forged steel frame, slide and barrel make the K2-45 one helluva hefty beast. The K2-45 weighs in at 40 ounces—2.5 pounds. The heavier weight, 4.5-inch barrel, comfortable 1.33-inch wide grip, and its low barrel axis make this one .45 ACP that is pistol pleasant to shoot. It fires both single- or double-action and according to many, smoother than the CZs.
The extended, high Beavertail keeps the pistol in the sweet spot (high in your palm) for a more controlled grip, giving you quick and accurate follow-up shots. For a gun that holds 14 rounds of .45 ACP, the plastic grips feel surprisingly thin. Additions such as an enlarged textured trigger guard and textured grip enhance your hold on the gun, even when wearing gloves.
The double-stacked magazine fits flush into the mag well. It has bright 3-dot white sights, which make aiming quick and easy. The rear sight is adjustable. Further, the sights are slightly angled for snag-free drawing. The K2-45’s point of aim is spot on and it shoots extremely accurately.
For safe handling, the K2 has a manual thumb safety and an auto firing pin block to prevent accidental discharge. For Jeff Cooper fans, even though the gun fires in double-action, it is also well suited for carry like a 1911, “cocked, locked and ready to rock.” For enhanced reliability, Sarsilmaz designed the K2-45’s barrel with a square-shaped block in the rear that improves the barrel lock up.
Though EAA warns against the use of +P and high-velocity, high-pressure ammunition, it isn’t picky about other ammo. The warning is likely due to the short recoil spring on the K2. +P and high-velocity ammunition could cause malfunctions and premature wear to the spring.
Fans of lights and lasers will appreciate the K2’s integrated accessory rail, but we can all rest at ease thanks to the one-year warranty.
Sarsilmaz has been making firearms for over 130 years and is one of the largest firearms manufacturers in Europe. The large 400,000 square foot factory uses the most advanced technology and solid CAD/CAM CNC machining to produce its firearms. The K2 is the Turkish military’s handgun of choice.
Last year, Cheaper Than Dirt! predicted that once word caught on, the demand for Sarsilmaz handguns would increase. As more shooters recognize how comfortable and well these guns work, there is no doubt in my mind that Sarsilmaz will start becoming a name that we’ll all know how to pronounce.
Specifications and Features
- Caliber: .45 ACP
- Capacity: 14 +1
- Barrel: 4.5”
- Safety: Manual thumb and auto firing pin block
- Construction: Steel frame and slide
- Finish: Blue
- Sights: Adjustable rear, fixed front
- Overall length: 8.25”
- Width: 1.3”
- Height: 5.7”
- Weight: 2.5 pounds (40 ounces)
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