Walther P99 AS or QA


February 2, 2010, 11:22 PM
I had a Walther P99QA for awhile and I may get another but first, which is objectively better the QA or the AS? Is one merely gimmicky while the other more main stream in design? I am more of a rifle guy so I need info to make a smart purchase. I don't give a damn if there was a thread on this a week ago or whatever because I can't rund a computer worth a damn.

If you enjoyed reading about "Walther P99 AS or QA" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
February 2, 2010, 11:36 PM
From what I've been told, the QA has that preset striker like the Glock. I don't have any experience with the QA, but I have the AS which I absolutely love. The AS trigger isn't quite like anything out there. I guess you could call it......a traditional DA/SA but in a striker-fired form. I wouldn't call the AS "gimmicky," just different. Watch this youtube video on the trigger, as I think he better explains it than I could through text.


February 3, 2010, 02:00 AM
Get the AS

Ragnar Danneskjold
February 3, 2010, 02:18 AM
I own an AS, and now that I've switched to a Glock, I kind of wish I had gotten the QA. though at the time I bought it, I wasn't comfortable with Glock style triggers, hence my choice. I'm considering selling my P99AS in 9mm and using the funds to go towards my purchase of an ACOG. If I ever get another P99, assuming I do sell this one, I'll probably end up getting a QA.

February 3, 2010, 04:14 AM
I have owned both and now I just own a QA.

While the P99QA does have a Glock style trigger keep in mind that the trigger pull on it comes in at just over 8lbs, considerably heavier than the factory trigger on a Glock.

The big advantage the QA has over the AS is that it has a consistent travel distance of 7mm, like a Glock it never changes. The P99AS however has a DA travel of 14mm and a SA travel distance of 5mm, not a big deal in my opinion but I prefer trigger pulls that have consistent travel from the first shot to the last. I didn't dislike the AS that I had but I decided to just keep one and the QA ended up being the one, mostly because I think the QA trigger is a better choice for a carry gun.

The problem with trying to choose between the P99QA and P99AS is that it is very difficult to judge what one you want based on what others suggest. You have people that love the QA and hate the AS and you have people who love the AS and hate the QA.

When I first bought a P99 I went with the AS having never tried the QA. Once I was able to try a QA I sold the AS and bought a QA instead. Someone else may have exactly the opposite reaction, it really comes down to personal preference and what feels good to you.

I would strongly urge you to find a way to try one of each before you make a decision. Even if you can't shoot one of each I would still suggest finding a gun shop that has both so you can compare the triggers, even if it's just dry firing them.

February 3, 2010, 11:24 AM
The P99 with the AS trigger configuration is the most sought-after of the Walther line. Not everyone agrees, of course, which is why Walther provides alternatives. The real bottom line, regardless of which trigger you select, is that the P99 is a heckuva fine pistol, as good as anything on the market, in my view. I've got a full-sized model and a P99C, which I use for daily carry, both with the AS trigger; don't leave home without 'em. :)

For a good explanation of the various triggers that Walther offers, along with a listing of everything you should know about the P99, check out Dr. Ken Lunde's excellent FAQ site here:


wild cat mccane
February 3, 2010, 01:49 PM
Little confusion in here...

The P99 AS is never in double action unless you decock it or a dud round (has second strike, unlike glock). When you rack the slide it goes into SA. The trigger may remain at the length of DA, but the pull is completely devoid of weight.

As mentioned, if you like SA only, the AS single action weights less and is less travel than a QA.

No one is forcing you to use DA on the first shot.

Also consider QA's have less resale than a AS.

You can see I have no need for a QA. The AS provides the QA and more.

February 3, 2010, 03:05 PM
The reason why the AS version is a bigger seller is because it is unique. There are no other DA/SA striker fired pistols. Since the QA version has the same set up as a Glock, most people who want that type of trigger just buy the Glock.

February 3, 2010, 09:27 PM
Thanks fellas thats very good and precise info. I really appreciate it!;)

If you enjoyed reading about "Walther P99 AS or QA" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!