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Ordered a Walther P99-Anything I should know?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Duramaximum, Oct 23, 2015.

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  1. Duramaximum

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    I just ordered a Walther P99 AS 9mm and plan to use it as a daily carry. I've done a lot of research and have shot a .40S&W version of it that my buddy has. I really like it and I seem to shoot it well.

    Is there any weird quirks about it I should be aware of?

    If you own one, how have you found the reliability to be?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ThePenguinKnight

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    I own a SW99AS and also a P99AS, both in 9mm.

    The sw99 is a 2003 model, was originally a police issue weapon, and I am the second owner. Since purchasing it about 8 years ago, I've used the pistol in various pistol competitions and for range use, conceal carry, etc. Total rounds since I've owned the pistol is around 11,000. Number of failures, not counting some very underpowered reloads, is exactly zero.

    My p99 is a 2004 model, with the short mag release paddle. I'm not sure how many owners it's had, but it looked almost unused when I picked it up about 6 months back. I've used it in a couple IDPA and USPSA matches, and have a total of around 400 rounds through it. No failures so far, though I admit it hasn't been with me long enough to really prove it out.

    Awesome pistols. You'll love yours. =)
     
  3. MIL-DOT

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    I had an earlier P99, chambered in .40 with the green polymer frame. For some reason, I had fits with disassembly and re-assembly of it (didn;t dig that big plastic takedown piece) , and i practically hated that thing, and I sold it.
    Years later, I traded a G26 for the newer P99AS from a guy that wanted something smaller and more concealable, and I love this pistol.
    It's very accurate, and has been 100% reliable with everything from Federal aluminum, to Russian steel cased Tula, to various others ammos.
    I also like the big,wide sights much better than the little micro dots so many pistols seem to have (Beretta 92,CZ75,etc).
    It obviously doesn't have a target-quality trigger, but it's a combat/SD weapon, so it isn't necessarilly supoosed to, and it is still better than a stock Glock trigger, and I think it's plenty decent enough.
    A big selling point for me is the decocker, which I've always thought were a great idea. Also, I shoot this thing as good (actually,better)in double-action as i do in single action (oddly, that's the case with a lot of pistols for me, I don't know why, seems counter-intuitive to me).
    Another plus is that Walther is using the tenifer surface treatment on the slide, which Glock has stopped using in favor of some thin,easlily worn, rust-magnet stuff.
    Some folks don't dig the paddle mag release, but I like it fine, and unlike some people worry about, I have suffered no life-threatning confusion switching between that and other more common systems:rolleyes:.
    These are excellent pistols, and the overwhelming majority of reviews concur.
     
  4. justin22885

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    i like what walther has been doing with handguns as of late, they seem to go toe to toe with the overpriced HK pistols and i REALLY like what theyre doing with the CCP.. if they ever come out with a full size version of that, im all in
     
  5. modifiedbrowning

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    I have two, both 1st generation. Over 5K through each with no malfunctions.
    Congrats, you just bought the best polymer pistol on the market, IMHO.
     
  6. Candyman87

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    You'll love yours... I have the PPQ which is a newer, updated model. 2,000 rounds through it and considering a P99c for carry. I'd happily trust my life to one.
     
  7. justin22885

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    do any of the new walthers have a lightweight DAO trigger?.. i like the idea of a trigger thats not only lightweight, but consistent from first to last shot with the second strike capability
     
  8. Duramaximum

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    I know they used to make a DAO, but I'm not sure they still do. Most people like the single-action feel after that first pull, I know i do.
     
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    I have a three month old P99AS and a two month old P99c AS. Both in 9mm. They have become my go-to for carry and home defense. Fantastically accurate, easy to shoot, great capacity, and have trigger options. The full size has a bit of a long handle on it for CC, but I love that decocked pull for carry. If you don't want DA, you can either carry it in AS mode where there is a long, but light pull or standard cocked with a 4-5lb pull like a Glock but without the stupid flappity Glockity trigger dangly safety. The mag release is extremely intuitive and fast.

    The compact version is just as awesome, but you want to get extra mags with the pinky extension. It is really useless with the short grip mag (comes with one of each).

    I think these are the best kept secret of the firearms industry. Bought both from Buds. Both under $520.


    Edit...you asked about reliability. 100% both guns with nearly 1000 rounds through both. I carry 124gr hollow points from Freedom because that's what I have, but I've cycled many brands of hollow points with no issue at all. They like 115gr and 124gr equally.
     
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  10. justin22885

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    when they come out with another generation of the CCP, and make at least a 4" version, i will probably be getting one of those
     
  11. guyfromohio

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    Justin....the PPS is called DAO and feels DAO when fired.
     
  12. justin22885

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    can you pull the trigger on the PPS to get a second strike if the first one fails on a hard primer?.. if not then its not a real DAO
     
  13. guyfromohio

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    No. Can with p99 though.
     
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    I had an early generation DAO P-99, a P-990, in 9mm, 15 years or so ago. I loved the paddle mag release, the grip size and layout of the pistol. It was extremely reliable and would function fine with any 9mm ammo I could find. The only issue I ever had was the recoil spring assembly broke within the fisrt 300-400 rounds. Also, the true DAO trigger mechanism was a little beyond my skill level at the time, and ultimately it got replaced by a Glock.

    Funny though, one of the local shops has a 9mm PPQ-M1 in stock that I am budgeting to snag for my birthday. Even after 12-14 years on Glocks, I still like the paddle mag release and grip layout of the Walthers. The PPQ trigger gets such high praise I don't see any risk in trying one out. It doesn't have the huge aftermarket parts support of Glock or the S&W M&P series, but I'm the kind of person that only needs a good holster and 5-6 magazines to be happy with a pistol. (I also drive a stock Toyota and have left my Colt AR as it came out of the box.)

    You'll like your new P-99AS. Very unlikely it will give you anything but excellent service.
     
  15. ichiban

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    I highly recommend some Talon grip wraps for your P99. I always thought there was a good deal of movement with my P99 when I shot it. No more. I got the rubberized version and these things stick to your hand like glue. The are only a little thicker than a sheet of paper so they add almost nothing to the grip size.

    http://talongungrips.com/grips/walther/p99.html
     
  16. batmann

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    I am not sure how relevant it is, but I have Walther PPS in 9MM that has been 100% reliable. I find the 'paddle' mag release a little quirky and the pistol on the heavy side, but it is a shooter and with a good holster, easy to pack.
    Now, my question to the OP is why would you ask these questions AFTER you ordered the pistol and not before? Prior to buying any pistol, I ask as many questions and do as much reseach as possible. Walthers are not cheap, especially the PPS and before I pluck down that kind of money, I want to know both the pros and cons. I also keep in mind the opinions of others my not be without a little prejudice. A good example are Glocks, most people either love them or hate them.
    Enjoy your new pistol.
     
  17. herrwalther

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    P99 was my first handgun. Bought new on my 21st birthday. About 10K rounds later, it has yet to malfunction. Not once. Not even an ammo related malfunction. I have intentionally tried getting mine to malfunction on something by using some of the cheapest ammo I can find. Still haven't.

    Try manipulating the paddle mag release with the middle finger of your shooting hand. It isn't very common in reviewers who have talked about paddle releases but it works great for me. It might for you as well.

    Accessories such as holsters and sights can be hard to find. Fortunately the PPQ is a mild upgrade to the P99. They have almost identical grip, slide, and frame profiles so many accessories are common and will fit each other.

    My P99 is in .40 and I tend to shoot better with lighter loads in it. I was thrilled when they started making P99s in 9mm again. I prefer the AS trigger so I will be getting a 9mm AS brother to my .40 soon.
     
  18. wild cat mccane

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    Started making them in 9mm again? They never stopped.

    One thing, you can change out the DA spring for a Glock 5.5 and get a lighter DA pull. Have to look around for that info, try waltherforums and look for a thread I started...

    No. Nothing special to know.
     
  19. herrwalther

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    P99s got a little scarce, in either caliber, with more and more M&Ps hitting the shelves. And I thought I had read they discontinued production of them around the PPQ came out. Could be wrong on that though. In either case I am glad they are still around. A P99 in 9mm and a PPQ in 45 (hopefully an M1 if they ever make it) would fill some spots in my safe.
     
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  20. wild cat mccane

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    PPQ was already in Europe when the PPQ was released. It was called the P99RAD (2008, created specially in/for Poland) and then the P99Q. However, the P99 9mm remained and remains strong. :)
     
  21. golden

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    A very good gun

    I have an early model WALTHER P99 AS and consider it one of the nicest 9m.m. pistols I have ever shot. The trigger is very smooth and the gun just works very well for me.

    Jim
     
  22. Fishbed77

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    P99s (9mm or .40SW) have never been discontinued. They were hard to find for a while in the US, but are plentiful now. Walther has stated that they have no intention of discontinuing the P99 in the foreseeable future.

    To the OP - you made a fine choice. A 2nd-gen 9mm P99AS has been my dedicated HD pistol for quite a few years now. There is no pistol I own (including my Glocks) that I have as much faith in. Unlike Glocks, I have found the P99 to be flawless with any 9mm round. Many thousands of rounds (many different manufacturers, types, and bullet construction) at this point and never a single failure.
     
  23. justin22885

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    so why the P99, why not a PPQ?
     
  24. guyfromohio

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    I'm not the op, but I prefer DA first shot in my carry guns. That's just me.
     
  25. george burns

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    All of the 9mm Walther guns are good, some are just different than others, the P99 is still right up there.
     
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