Pros/Cons of Walther P99 and S&W S99?


October 11, 2003, 05:08 PM
Hi all,

I'm new this handguns and this board and was wondering what the differences are between the Walther P99 and the S&W S99? Also, what are the pros/cons of both guns?

Would these be a good gun as a starter gun? I was looking at the .40 version. Are they small enough for concealed carry?


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October 11, 2003, 05:30 PM
Here's a pic of a Walther 9mm.

October 11, 2003, 08:11 PM
The biggest pro for the SW99 ( over the P99 is the warranty: Walther is one year; SW, lifetime.

Walther makes the frame for SW. The SW frame has a different texture, a box around the slide release, a different trigger guard, and it may have a different mounting rail. SW is making its own slide, barrel, and - presumably - other internal parts - striker, springs, etc. The SW is also available in .45 ACP and in a compact version.

October 11, 2003, 08:22 PM
Here's a link from an earlier thread here, which contains some other links ... Forgive me if you've already done a search and browsed this link ...

October 11, 2003, 10:40 PM

Thats my sw99. I love the gun. Ive put around 1500-1800 rounds though it so far since febuary. Havent had one hicup.

The smith is a fine weapon. Yea some argue the tollerances are different between the two, but holding each one Id find that hard to believe. Yea the walther in 9mm is prettyer I believe. If i were to get a p99 it would be a green 9x19. why? cause the green is cool ;), and i like the slide of the 9x19 better. the 40 slide is like one long bilbored to me. And well its the orginal.

On the other hand i wouldnt get a 9x19 in the Smith. Why? Cause they didnt change the slide on the 9 from the 40. And the barrel doesnt do a slight taper back up to the full diameter. it bludges out at the end. It looks like a mushroom. That just appears *to me* to be a high wear spot. Cause the barrel moving around when the slide is back and then it slamming forward.

There are astethic differences. I like the checkering on the back and forestrap of the smith better than the continuation of the little dots on the walther. makes for a better grip IMHO. I like the squareish finger guard on the walther. The frame is basicly the same, the trigger is the same. the metalurgy is different cause we cant use tenffier in the US. Now which is better is an arguement. mellonite coated stainless, or tenfer treated cold steel.

if you get night sights go for metpro's instead of trijicon directly. mine are loose in the slide, the back one that is.

So on that...if you want one in 9x19 get the Walther (maybe in green ;) ). If you want a .40 Id recomend the Smith. they designed the 40 after all ;) or the sub-compact id probaly go 9. the 40 i hear is snappy and easy to jam, thats hear say cause ive never shot one

October 12, 2003, 06:48 PM
Just an opinion...for what it is worth.
There is not two cents of difference between them except for the
rail mount in the design and that I would give one cents worth.
That being said the Walther has a slightly higher resale demand.
A famous name is worth something.

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