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Why should I buy Glock 23 over Walther P99?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by el Godfather, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Dear THR:
    Thinking about picking another 40SW. This time I am leaning towards a Walther p99 for its awesome ergonomics, but I have been hearing a lot of good things about Glock 23.

    So why should I buy Glock 23 over Walther 99? More concerned about performance and ergonomics rather.
  2. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    Price, and parts availability/price are the only thing I can think of. I wasn't quite as impressed with the P99 trigger as many seem to be. I like the PPQ trigger better.

    IMO the PPQ and the Ruger SR series both have better triggers than the Glock.

    P99 seems to cost about 25% more than the Glock and the PPQ seems to cost about the same
  3. 45_auto

    45_auto Well-Known Member

    Performance will be the same. Buy whichever one feels best to you.
  4. 5-SHOTS

    5-SHOTS Well-Known Member

    I have the 9mm P99 AS and I shot the Glock 19 many times. I prefere the Walther (second strike capability, more natural pointability, better ergos, better stock sights (mine are steel glow in the dark)).
  5. jjones45

    jjones45 Well-Known Member

    I have a glock 23 that I've had for 8 years with thousands of rounds through it with no malfunctions. with the glock you can also get conversion barrels for 357 sig and 9mm. however I think the Walther feels better in hand and you really can't go wrong with either. a ppq is on my list of handguns I want. I just wish they made one in 45 acp

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  6. ScarLata

    ScarLata Well-Known Member

    I own both. If Glock 23 I prefer gen4 because it tolerates better the recoil impact than previous generations. If Walther P99 then tries to consider the Defense Kit model due to night sights and ambidextrous ergonomics. I like both, P99 AS got my vote, still PPQ is my fav. Magnum Research MR40 is the best value.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
  7. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    A P99 is a great .40S&W pistol, but it is a superb 9mm pistol.

    That said, the only real downside to a .40S&W P99 is that it can be snappy, but that's a subjective thing, of course. Both are excellent pistols.

    Positives of the P99 are:

    -better trigger (make sure you get the AS version, and not the QA)
    -better ergonomics
    -better fit & finish
    -no need to pull trigger for takedown
    -double strike capability (for what it's worth)
    -no problems firing lead bullets (due to traditionally-rifled barrel)
    -better mag release design (cannot accidentally drop mag when holstered)
    -more durable finish (Walther still uses Tenifer treatment with blackening, unlike Glock, who now uses a different nitriding process with an easily-worn matte finish)
    -better reliability (all generations of P99 are reliable, without the issues Glock has from generation to generation)
    -designed from the start to be a .40S&W pistol (never heard of a KB in a P99)

    Positives for the Glock 23 are:

    -polygonal barrel easier to clean (though few pistol barrels are that hard to clean)
    -easier to find replacement parts
    -accessories can be found in any gun store (though P99 accessories are easily available online)

    Mags for both are not difficult to find, though mags for the P99 (or identical ones with the Magnum-Research-branded baseplate) run about $5 or so more each:


    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
  8. chrisp0410

    chrisp0410 New Member

    Years ago, I carried a full-sized 1911 .45 almost everywhere. Then I started work as a supervisor of a uniformed security company and all my cohorts carried Glocks. Three times to the range with them convinced me and I purchased the sidearm I carried most of my adult life, a Glock 23. Size, weight, payload; on many counts it was the correct decision to make.

    But it wasn't a perfect decision. To me, the Glock's grip angle makes me point high, it took me considerable time to develop the muscle memory to present a Glock without having to pull the barrel down when acquiring a sight picture.

    The Walther (again to me) points more naturally. The ergonomics are wonderful. Of the Walther models, I prefer the PPQ but the P99 has that same wonderful grip. The 40 versions of the Walthers do flip a little more than the Glock imho but once again, that is my subjective opinion.

    Either way, you are debating upon two very reliable, capable firearms. My decision would be to pick the one that fits me the best and not look back. [For me, that is now a Walther]
  9. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Thank you Fishbed
  10. madFive

    madFive Well-Known Member

    Shoot 'em both, buy the one that feels best when fired. I'm willing to bet you'll prefer the Walther. Glock used to have the market cornered on cheap reliable plastic guns, but today they have TONS of very solid competition.

    And I have to give another vote for 9mm over 40. Much better recoil characteristics for the range, and the same ballistic performance if you're using the right JHP loads for defense.

    Also, even though it looks like I have to say this in every single thread: don't limit yourself on brand, and try some pistols with single-action trigger options! Once you try 'em you won't want to go back. Sig P2022 and Beretta PX4 are both in this same price range and have triggers that are nearly as good as an HK. Why would you take a striker-fired over those??
  11. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    I can say for a fact that the striker-fired Walther P99AS has a better DA/SA trigger than either the SIG SP2022 or Beretta PX4 (or any DA/SA HK model).
  12. Takem406

    Takem406 Well-Known Member

    I'd suggest a 23C. Very very soft and easy to shoot! Felt recoil of a nine and not much for muzzle flip. Glocks are inexpensive to upgrade and customize. They just flat work.
  13. ExTank

    ExTank Well-Known Member

    IN addition to what Fishbed said:

    If it was just 9mm we were talking about, then I'd say P99 all the way. But, and just IME, you may find the muzzle flip/recoil in a .40 P99 a bit excessive (and I like to shoot .45 ACP compact and .44 mag!). But my hands/arms are not yours, and what I find a tad rough you may be just fine with.

    Have not shot a Glock 23, so I can't say how it compares "in hand," but doing a website side-by-side comparison of vital stats, the P99 is about 4.5 oz. heavier (empty) and a bit longer/taller than the Glock, and the Glock gives you one extra round, to boot.

    So if smaller profile/lighter weight/extra round beats slightly heavier/bigger/one less round, there you go: Glock

    If ergos and trigger are deciding factors, there you go: P99

    If aftermarket and vesatility is a deciding factor: Glock (Walther is sloooowly catching up with that, but isn't there yet).
  14. Ar180shooter

    Ar180shooter Well-Known Member

    I agree with this. I sold my Glock 22 after buying my P99.
  15. RBid

    RBid Well-Known Member

    I'm a Walther nerd at heart. As Fishbed says, the P99 and PPQ are superb 9mm pistols. In .40, I vastly prefer the Glock 23 Gen 4. Lower bore, better RSA for the round. The Gen 4s are outstanding launchers for the .40. In 9mm... Walther, unless you're a lazy owner and want to be able to buy cheap mags off the wall of your LGS.
  16. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Buy them both, shoot them extensively, sell the loser.
  17. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    My Walther P99AS in 40 is my favorite firearm that I own. If I had to get rid of my firearms for any reason I would keep the Walther. I have fired every Glock 9mm and .40 that they make and none of them can hold a candle to the P99 in my hands.
  18. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    You would have to ask Finnish Military they used P99 and now I believe their standard sidearm is G17. I do not know why.
  19. MikePaiN

    MikePaiN Well-Known Member

    I picked up a used gen3 G23(with n/s and two mags) for $450 last month just because I felt like getting a .40. Turns out the G23 is an outstanding shooter, I shoot it dead on and could go all day with the gun, recoil and flip are negligible. I even started carrying the G23, normally I have something smaller but with jeans and a t-shirt it carries pretty good.
  20. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Well-Known Member

    Not fan of either. But that p99 is one comfortable pistol. But if i had to choose. Glock has a way better rap sheet

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