Turkish guns have quietly infiltrated the U.S. market, but now a real invasion is on, instigated by Turkey’s biggest manufacturer. Jim Tarr toured the Sarsilmaz factory and reports on some of the pistols and shotguns it will export to the USA in the 7/20 issue of SGN.
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The Sarsilmaz corporate offices
The Sarsilmaz corporate offices in Istanbul overlook the Bosphorus, while its brand new, 400,000 square-foot factory is located two hours away.A seven-axis CNC machine
A seven-axis CNC machine turns bar stock into a finished revolver cylinder in just 20 minutes, without the operator having to reposition it.Before and after
Before and after: it takes two CNC machines to do the work necessary (minus polishing and fitting) to turn a forging into what you see here.An over-under monobloc
An over-under monobloc starts as a forging, then is drilled for the barrels and shaped into a finished piece using a variety of cutting tools.Machined shotgun receiver
A forged blank goes in the first unit of these three, and 12 minutes later, a completely machined shotgun receiver comes out the other side.Turkish walnut
Turkish walnut is well known for its beauty and grain, and Sarsilmaz has facilities for turning the local product into finished stocks for shotguns.Multi-spindle lathe
The four-station multi-spindle lathe is completely enclosed, so no sawdust was found on the floor in the woodworking area of the factory.Shotgun stocks
These freshly finished over-under shotgun stocks are Turkish walnut, and every wooden stock that Tarr saw in the factory was just as handsome.Finished over-under shotgun stocks
Shotgun barreled actions await stocking. Sarsilmaz is one of the few makers that can stock with either wood or plastic from its own on-site facilities.The Sarsilmaz corporate offices
The Sarsilmaz corporate offices in Istanbul overlook the Bosphorus, while its brand new, 400,000 square-foot factory is located two hours away.40 gun stores
Sarsilmaz has about 40 gun stores around the country, and Tarr ran across this one on the way to Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Note the U.S. brands sold.K2
Tarr was most interested in shooting the K2, which combines a CZ-style lower with a SIG barrel lockup, it has been sized up to chamber the .45 ACP.Polymer-framed version of the B6
Sarsilmaz has chosen to base many of its pistols on the time-proven double-action CZ75, including this compact, polymer-framed version of the B6.