The Walther P99 is a
completely new design that demonstrates the benefits of solid
research. The light weight requirement for the Walther P99
dictated a polymer frame, but the Walther design team wanted more
than a pistol with just another polymer frame, and they also
wanted an exlusive trigger action that was not the duplicate of a
well-known plastic frame pistol made in Austria (Glock).
of the Walther P99 is a recoil operated, Browning style, dropping
barrel design. The pistol operates like a traditional double
action/single action pistol, but with some major differences. The
first is there are no levers, and there is definitely no slide
mounted safety/decocking lever. There is a flush mounted
decocking panel mounted on the top left side of the slide, and
there is a slide release tab to allow the locked-open slide to
close after insertion of a loaded magazine.
The P99 has four
independently working safeties: the trigger safety, the internal
striker safety, the decocking safety and the drop safety. The
decocking safety, as previously mentioned, is NOT a lever, but a
plate in the top of the slide. An indicator protrudes from the
back of the slide when the striker is cocked and pressing down on
this plate in the top of the slide will decock the pistol. The
cocking indicator will disappear.
The Walther P99 also has a
loaded-chamber indicator that works with the extractor. When the
chamber is empty, the extractor is flush with the slide. When the
chamber is loaded, a red mark is exposed and the extractor is
noticeably back from the outside shape of the slide. At night or
in a dark room, the shooter's fingers can discern this difference
and tell the shooter the condition of the chamber on his Walther
When pulling the trigger
for the first shot on the Walther P99, the trigger travel is
loooooong. It takes a while before it gets there, but the Walther
design team felt this extra length on the first shot added to the
overall safety of the pistol and made it less prone to a
The first Walther P99 is chambered for 9mm, but
models are planned for .40S&W, .45ACP and .380. Available now
are models for law enforcement with double action only trigger
and 16-shot magazine (US civilian 10-shot only).
The long first shot, double
action trigger pull takes some getting used to, but the
subsequent single action trigger is short with absolutely no
take-up. Additionally, it is smooth. This system makes for an
extremely easy pistol to fire accurately. The single action pull
is, without question, one of the best to be found on any factory
pistol out there. The inherent accuracy of the P99 would appear
from Frank James' (Combat Handguns Magazine) 250-round test
session to do justice to the legacy of the Walther P-38, which he
has found to be an extremely accurate 9mm pistol.
The magazine, of course,
holds only ten rounds for those pistols destined for sale to
civilians in the United States, but for law enforcement and
foreign sales a sixteen-round capacity mag is available.
The grip features a
changeable backstrap. The guns in your local gunshop will
probably have the small backstrap, but also available as an
option will be the medium and large backstrap inserts.
The finish on the slide and
other metal parts is Tenifer, and it is extremely corrosion
resistant. Glock uses the same process, but unlike the Glock the
Walther P99 is not parkerized after the Tenifer treatment. The
Walther P99 sports a dull black finish.
For sights the Walther P99
is equipped with an abbreviated ramped rear sight featuring two
white dots. It is adjustable for windage only. The front sight is
equipped with a single white dot, but each Walther P99 will be
shipped with three extra front sight blades. The shooter can
easily interchange sight blades to adjust his sight height for
zeroing with his ammunition.
||9 mm x 19 mm
system. Recoil operated
dropping barrel design, Striker-fired.
rear sight, adjustable for windage(lateral) only,
Standard 3-dot. Three extra front sight blades for height
adjustment. Optional tritium sights for night shooting
||4.015 in. (102 mm)
|Width of Slide
||29 mm (1.14 in.)
||180 mm /135 mm /29 (32) mm
|Weight without Magazine
||609.8 grams (21.51 oz.)
|Weight of Empty
||70.8 grams (2.5 oz.), 16rd: 80
|Weight with 16 rounds of
Federal Hydra Shok
||875.06 grams (30.86 oz.)
|Single Action Trigger Pull
||4.496 lb. (20 Newton)
|Double Action Trigger Pull
||16 cartridges (Does not include
cartridge in chamber), 10 rounds for U.S.A. civilian.