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Walther P99C 9MM AS 3.5 10R BL
by Chip B Date Added: Sunday 06 March, 2011
I spent over a year buying, trying out, trading and selling guns before I settled on my CCW pistol. I wanted more capacity than the pocket autos, and something that is large enough to be a fun range gun. Besides, why carry a gun that you don't practice a lot with? This eliminated the LC9, DB380, and Kahr PM9, as beautiful as that gun was. For cost and availability of ammo and a more manageable recoil, I wanted 9mm. There were eleven guns in the mix after eliminating tiny guns and other calibers. I did a lot of homework and spent hours reading reviews and shopping gun stores. One by one, I eliminated other pistols for various reasons until I was down to either the G26, P2000SK, or P99c. The next time I logged onto Bud's two had sold out and the other jumped $42! But patience prevailed and the P99c came back in stock at $551, even lower than I was hoping to buy it at. I have owned and loved the full sized P99, but bought the compact without so much as firing one. It arrived promptly, and my first impression of the gun was beyond my expectations. The grip was *perfect* for my medium/large hands. I've never even tried out the other back strap the fit is so right. Fit and finish are excellent, and beyond expected for a pistol in this price range. Then I took it to the range. Quite simply, either this gun shoots better than anything I have ever put in my hand, or I am just that much better with it. It has a better balance to me than the full size P99, and will use their 15 and 20 round magazines, Walther even sells a polymer extension cover- though they do not advertise this. It does have a bit more of a kick than the full size, but I am not complaining. If the recoil is a bit chippy for you, Springco makes a drop-in recoil reduction rod. For about eighty bucks, it makes a big difference if you're a competition shooter or just like to blast off quick rounds and stay on target. And this gun will fire FAST in SA mode.
The Walther AS trigger system is something everyone should try before buying a pistol. It isn't for everybody, but most people who like it are never fully satisfied with anything else. The DA is long and revolver-like. After that round (or the slide is slightly racked), it is a light, crisp trigger pull. All the tuning I've ever seen done to guns doesn't produce a better trigger than the AS, in my humble opinion. If Walther would put that in the PPS, I would be first in line to buy that one.
All in all, this gun gets five stars for being a perfect shooter, reliable, comfortable in the hand, well-made, light and easily concealed. I do have a few minor complaints, but these are nitpicking. The gun comes in the box made for the full size P99. Neither the pistol nor magazine is made to fit in the foam cut outs. This could not cost much to do for a gun retailing for well over $500 -and that they sell more than a few of. For all the excellent engineering, that just seems lazy. And Walther should offer 3 back straps on the compact, like they do the full size. The one on the gun was perfect for me, but that little piece of plastic can make the difference between the gun feeling right... or not! And throwing in an extra pinky rest would be nice. I like for my magazines to be the same, and Walther sells them for $2, so why not throw one in with a new gun? And finally, Walther needs to MARKET these things! They are GREAT pistols! Hey Walther, make some different slide finishes and grip colors like you used to! I had to figure out on the Internet that the full sized magazines would work in the compact, and the good folks on the Walther forums informed me that a grip extension was available. The folks at Smith and Wesson 800 number told me they were out of each part I needed, but I found the part numbers on the Walther forums, and 2 of 3 were in stock after all! Walther's web site does nothing to make anyone want to buy a Walther, it's antiquated and the search feature is buggy. But for all they do wrong in marketing their product, the P99/P99c more than makes up for. I understand why the Walther P99 has so many fans, and this compact is bound to make more of them. And anyone who started pistol shooting with a P22 should find moving up to this full size a smooth transition. I've always admired Walther for the PPK/James Bond type weapons, but I'm becoming quite a fan of their Tupperware now! The P99c gets it right.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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