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Any Walther P99 full or compact QA owners?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Glockedout17, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    I see so many Walther P99 AS owners and was just wondering where all the P99 QA owners are hiding. I recently acquired a Walther P99c QA in a trade deal and shot it last week for the first time, I ran 110 flawless rounds through it. I read about how awful the trigger was and let me say that I think those people were over exaggerating. The trigger is not bad at all, it is very smooth and breaks fairly clean. All in all I think that the Walther P99c QA is a keeper. Where are the P99 QA owners? I would like to read some of your experiences and gain some info from you guys.
  2. ExTank

    ExTank Well-Known Member

    With Walther's comparatively small market presence (compared to Glock, Sig, and Taurus), good luck finding another High Roader with a QA; I'm sure that there's at least one or two out there, though.

    I have the AS and PPQ versions. I've shot various range-rental Glocks and Sigs, and I think that, while pretty decent guns in and of themselves, they blow chunks compared to the Walthers for ergos and triggers.

    Just my 0.02c.
  3. cdsdss

    cdsdss Well-Known Member

    I've been a fan of Walther's (non-Umarex) pistols since I bought my P99AS in 2006. The P99, PPS and PPQ are tack-drivers. My biggest problem has been deciding which one I like best.
  4. 777TRUTH

    777TRUTH Well-Known Member

    Agreed, the QA trigger being awful is grossly over exaggerated. The criticism mainly comes from Walther owners who favor the AS trigger and not QA owners or fans of the DAO trigger system.

    Count me as a fan of both the QA and PPS.
  5. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    Here's mine. The Quick Action trigger is just that IMHO... very fast and easy to shoot. The one and only foible I've ever been able to criticize the P99c for is that the shape of the mag base makes reloading a balancing act. Other than that it is an outstanding CCW.


    I love that "old style" TAP ammo.
  6. Storm

    Storm Well-Known Member

    I have a full size AS and compact QA. I agree that the QA trigger isn't as bad as what is often said, but, it can easily be improved. The factory striker spring which gives you an eight pound pull is replaced with a factory Glock 5.5 pound spring. The pull comes down to around six pounds and is more crisp with less creep. Reliability is 100%. The Lone Wolf four pound spring has been reported to result in some light primer strikes depending on ammo. For a full discussion and instructions on changing the spring go to the Walther Forum and look under the P99 FAQ. The spring swap takes about five minutes. Just did one yesterday for a buddy.
  7. Ehtereon11B

    Ehtereon11B internet infantryman

    I have shot both the AS and QA triggers and I am not too fond of the QA. Still would rather have a QA trigger than a Glock though.
  8. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    Good to see that there is a few of us. How do you guys feel about the QA models being discontinued? I am actually a member on Walther forums and coincidentally read that sticky last night on the spring swap.
  9. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    Really nice hybrid holster for P99

    Also if you guys are looking for an affordable holster for your P99's check out Shepherd holsters, here's mine:

    Attached Files:

  10. 777TRUTH

    777TRUTH Well-Known Member

    The QA was discontinued for the "superior" PPQ. Having never shot the PPQ it's hard for me to say if I like or dislike the trigger.

    I'm holding out for a PPQ compact before I try one.
  11. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member


    The QA trigger is cettainly no worse than a Glock trigger. It's a bit heavier, but much smoother.

    That said, I own a full-size P99AS, and would never trade it for a P99QA. The QA trigger is OK for what it is, but the AS trigger is simply sublime.
  12. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't say that the PPQ is superior, it is nice, but it's just an upgraded P99 with more bells and whistle. For a combat weapon, bells and whistles mean nothing. Thats why so many people are hesitant to drink the PPQ kool-aid.
  13. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    The PPQ isn't really an "upgraded P99 with more bells and whistles". It's just a P99 with a different trigger group, revised accessory rail design, and milldly revised aesthetics. The PPQ has been sold for a number of years on the European LE/military market as the P99RAD or P99Q.

    That said, the PPQ trigger design is similar to the P99QA, but is markedly better in feel (smoother, lighter, and crisper) with a much shorter reset. I can understand why Walther discontinued the P99QA in favor of the PPQ in the US commercial market.

    Walther has stated that they can restart P99QA production at any time for LE contracts (as they have done with the P99DAO, which has long been absent from the US market). They have no intention of discontinuing the DA/SA P99AS in the foreseeable future.

    As far as the "kool-aid" comment goes regarding the PPQ, I'm not really sure what to make of that. The PPQ certainly seems to be a popular seller for Walther, and everyone that owns one seems to love them. They ARE quality pistols based on a well-proven and uber-reliable design, and I wouldn't hesitate to say that they are probably the best pistols with a "Glock-style" trigger available on the US market today (at least the 9mm versions).

    That said, I don't plan on trading my P99AS for a PPQ anytime soon.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012
  14. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    Understood. Same here, I won't be trading in my P99 QA for one either, but I do see one in my future. It's needed to complete my Walther collection. Thanks for your input
  15. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't either. I know this is totally subjective, but there is a certain "classiness" to the P99 that the ugly PPQ can't match. :cool:
  16. Ehtereon11B

    Ehtereon11B internet infantryman

    Very true. When I picked out my Walther I mumbled to myself "Ah the new Walther, I asked Q to get me one of these."

    The newer Walthers such as the PPQ and PPS seem like S&W trying to copy Glock closer and closer using the Walther banner.
  17. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    Lol, it is definitely a very classy pistol, especially with a suppressor on. Makes me feel like 007 himself.
  18. Storm

    Storm Well-Known Member

    I have always thought that had the compact 99 existed when Bond went to the P99 the compact would have been the obvious choice.
  19. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

  20. The SA is the only plastic centerfire I have considered getting. Unfortunatley the one I had a chance to buy for a good price was in .40 and I don't really want a .40. I have .45s and 9s and don't need another caliber auto.

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