By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

Sarsilmaz firearms is based in Istanbul, Turkey and has been manufacturing military and sporting arms since 1880.  Fast forward to 2018 when they opened their SAR USA division and started importing their wares to the United States.  Sarsilmaz currently provides weapons in over 78 countries, including NATO nations, the Turkish military, and law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

The K12 Sport is the crown jewel of the Sarsilmaz lineup.  It’s a single-action, all-steel CZ pattern gun at a great price.


Sarsilmaz starts out with a matte finish stainless steel frame instead of its usual standard carbon steel.  I personally like a bit of weight to my pistols, so at 44 ounces the K12 sport fits the bill.  The takedown lever as well as the extended magazine release button reside on the left side of the frame, and an ambidextrous thumb safety helps keep things safe.  The grip has an aggressive stippling and backstrap checkering with an anodized aluminum flared and beveled magazine well extension.  The K12 comes with anodized aluminum gunmetal grip panels.


The slide is also stainless steel with a matte finish.  One of the major differences in the K12 slide and other pistols is that the slide rests within the frame, rather than over it.  That means the slide is supported by rails the full length of travel.  The barrel is a 4.7-inch crowned target model.  The K12 sports a skeletonized hammer.


Type: Recoil operated, single-action, semi-automatic pistol

Caliber: 9x19mm

Magazine capacity: 17 in free states, 10 in the rest

Sights: Dovetailed blade front, adjustable square notch rear

Barrel Length:  4.7 inches, crowned

Overall Length: 8.5 inches

Width: 1.20 inches

Weight: 44 ounces

MSRP: $842



The K12 Sport is a great target pistol.  Well designed and manufactured and with its smooth 5.5-pound trigger, its ready for competition out of the box.

That’s all for now folks!   Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas.  And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at