February 19, 2009, 05:44 PM
Is there any thought out there to possible changes to the p99. If I am correct the firearm has been out in its current form other than trigger options since 1996 without changes that I am aware of. I am picking one up tomorrow in 40 s&w which is the reason for my question
February 20, 2009, 11:08 AM
I can't imagine that you will see anything new any time soon, or ever, worth holding off for. The gun has gone through two or three generations (many question whether there is a 3rd generation) since the beginning. Changes other than the 2nd generation frame change and the addition of the QA have been relatively minor with the longer mag release probably being the most notable.
Enjoy the .40.
February 20, 2009, 11:50 AM
there have been changes.
there might be more coming.
February 20, 2009, 12:09 PM
Lechiffre is correct about the P99D. The slide and barrel will be made in Poland and the frame and associated parts and other internal slide parts in Germany by Walther. Currently it is for military and LEO use with no plans to import it to the US for civilian use. It may well make it here someday, but I wouldn't hold my breath or wait for this one.
February 20, 2009, 12:43 PM
I own a P99 in .40 S&W. Don't get me wrong, I love it. One of the most ergonomic handguns I own. You pick it up and you don't want to put it down.
That having been said, it is the snappiest handgun I own. I own most of my handguns in .40 S&W and this is the only one that makes be very aware of the recoil.
If I had it to do over again, I'd get a P99 in 9mm.
February 20, 2009, 05:27 PM
Marcus, I agree with you that the .40 is snappy. I own both a 9 and 40. For self-defense I go with the 40. The 9 is a much more pleasant shooting gun, but for SD I'll deal with the recoil of the 40. It really doesn't bother me, but yes, it's definitely there and is a consideration, and a good point to raise.
February 20, 2009, 05:52 PM
i have known about this version for some time now.here's what i think and it's just my opinion so take it for what it's worth.
first of all,you have to understand the relationship between germany and it's surrounding allies.germany sometimes builds equipment for specific countries with specific specs requested.furthermore,sometimes germany will actually make available certain types of military weapons or mods to advanced equipment to it's allies even before they are available to the german army itself.a prime example of this is the modular systems for the leopard II tanks which ,for example,spain most definitely had even before germany.germany has been doing this since about the 50's.
what does all this mean? not much really but if your going to sit on the fence on buying a p99 expecting some brand new version,you'll probably be sitting there untill the cows come home,lay eggs and pigs come out.
also,this polish version does not constitute any radical change except maybe the sand paper-like texture to the grip which seems like the same as HKs which was competing for the contract and so walther delivered this mod to elliminate any though in the polish goverment considering HK as having something they may want.it worked.
personally i have HK and although giving great grip,at the range,that sand paper like grip gets uncomfortable after about 50 shots or so and would not be happy if walther went for this in the future.there's nothing wrong with the grip they have now.it was designed by a famous italian team that makes designs for the olimpics and also the pioneer of all the modular grips that we now see on every polymer pistol out there...but this is just me.
do i have a chrystal ball? NO,but i dought they'll be changing the current one any time soon.
long live the p99AS!!!...and i do mean AS.
February 21, 2009, 09:21 AM
And, the Polish P99D isn't an AS trigger, or even QA. It appears to be a DAO, which has been by far the least popular model here in the US.