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slow learner: Just heard about Walther and S&W

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by moredes, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. moredes

    moredes Well-Known Member

    Been away from shooting for the while when Walther and S&W "merged". Did they go in as partners, or 'who bought who', out?

    What would ya'll say about the current quality of Walthers now, and if it has deteriorated, when did the reputation start to suffer?

    Thank you all.
  2. Amish_Bill

    Amish_Bill Well-Known Member

    I never heard they merged. I know that S&W imports the P99 line, and that they have their own 'customized' version they sell as the SW99. Other than that, ....????
  3. 762x51

    762x51 Well-Known Member

    Amish_Bill is correct. S&W is simply the US importer for Walther pistols as well as the maker of SW99 frames.
  4. Amish_Bill

    Amish_Bill Well-Known Member

    Doesn't Walther make complete P99s and the SW99 frames, and S&W makes the SW99 slides? Hmmm.... who makes the SW99 barrels?
  5. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    S&W is the American importer for Walthers, and also makes the PPK/S here in the states (and a vast improvement it is over the old Interarms ones, too.) Walther makes the frames for the SW99, Smith makes the rest of the gun here. Walther makes the entire P99.

    Walther is the European importer for S&W, and sells a re-badged S&W 19/66 as the R99 "La Chasse".
  6. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I still refuse to do business with Smith & Wesson until it rescinds the deal it signed with the Snopes Clinton-Liar Gore régime.
  7. Ewok

    Ewok Well-Known Member

  8. 762x51

    762x51 Well-Known Member

    Thats what I was trying to say above. Helps if you read your post before submitting it. ;)
  9. Penforhire

    Penforhire Well-Known Member

    Nothing wrong with my Walther P99. So I don't see any reputation problem. Maybe their price is finally reasonable? I'd call that an improvement over unobtanium.
  10. cristianlipan

    cristianlipan Member

    I just bought a Walther R99 La Chasse and I'm very happy.
  11. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    Walther is never going to get into the top tier in terms of U.S. sales unless they create their own U.S. distributer and stop relying on S&W. The P99 is never going to get the expose it deserves because S&W will always favor its M&P model. Berretta, Glock, H&K, and Sig have all created U.S. affiliates.
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    That S&W has nothing at all to do with the S&W of today.

    2001 brought new employee ownership, new management & new policies.

    They can't get a do-over for what the former British owners did when Slick Willie was president.

    You are about as behind the times as the OP!


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