[b said:Quote[/b] (Ni3Frontier @ April 01 2004,2:01)]Be sure to keep in mind the charges that are not mentioned. The big one is the FFL transfer fee. All the gunshops in my area charge anywhere from $30 to $70, or a percentage of the purchase price, to have a firearm transferred if you don't buy from them.
This cost is usually offset by not having to pay sales tax though. Also keep shipping in mind.
Sometimes its worth the extra $20 at your local gunshop to avoid having the jitters for a week waiting for your new toy to come in!
Yeah, good point, but I just bought my first gun (a PM9) by mail and I found a local pawn shop that does all transfers for $10... so the FFL + shipping is less than sales tax. Plus I saved $100 off the price of my PM9... and from looking around for the P99, looks like online will be the cheapest way.[b said:Quote[/b] ]Be sure to keep in mind the charges that are not mentioned. The big one is the FFL transfer fee. All the gunshops in my area charge anywhere from $30 to $70, or a percentage of the purchase price, to have a firearm transferred if you don't buy from them.
I'd be really skeptical of your trainer's advice to 'get into a Glock'. Pick what suits you best. In my opinion, there really is no outstanding advantage to a Glock or other comparable pistol other than their extreme popularity. If the P99 is most comfortable in your hand and easiest to shoot, go with it regardless of what others say. For your trainer, Glocks may fit him the best. But everybody's different.[b said:Quote[/b] ]The P99 felt best to me, overall. Though the trainer said he'd rather I 'get into a Glock', after my testing.
$495 is an incredible price for a new P99. I wouldn't bother looking for a lower price unless you want to go for a used one.[b said:Quote[/b] ]I believe I can get the P99 at a local store of a regional (national?) chain for about $495. As long as they live up to their price guarantee, that is.
So, should I even bother looking for even more savings, or is that as good as I should expect to find w/o splitting hairs?
The P99 has been redesigned for 2004 and the new versions are going to be out in a little while. Here is a great site for all things Walther related (mostly P99). There are pics of the newer P99. It is mechanically similar to the current versions. The main changes are a redesigned slide and trigger guard. I believe the accessory rail has also been changed to accomodate a wider range of accessories. The P99C (for Compact) will also be released soon;[b said:Quote[/b] ]Oh, also, if you know of any SIGNIFICANT improvements coming up to the P99 or a replacement piece, I'd be appreciative of the suggestions.
My experience with carrying is limited; I've only been carrying my 9mm P99 for a few months. I use a Comp-Tac CTAC IWB holster. I can tell you that the holster I chose to go with is very comfortable. The best feature is that it is fully adjustable for height and cant. It also has adjustable retention and a choice of attachment methods. I ordered mine direct from their website; Comp-Tac for $78 shipped.[b said:Quote[/b] ]I need to apply for and then figure out how to 'carry' this, too.
It depends on how your experience with the P99 is. It is a full-size weapon and that may present some problems when concealing in warmer weather when you are wearing less clothing. I am currently seriously considering buying another pistol in the same caliber that would be easier to conceal in the summer. I am a small person, so it is more difficult to conceal properly with less clothing on.[b said:Quote[/b] ]Am I too naive to try and buy ONE gun that will last the foreseeable future?
I looked ay my question and realized I had not worded it right. I was trying to say that renting a few more different guns (such as that S&W Airweight 642) and getting more rounds under your belt should give you a decent idea of what will work best for you.[b said:Quote[/b] (PhireThorn @ April 14 2004,12:03)]Thanks for replies. The gun shop by me charges $10 to rent a gun. I'd rather decide on one and buy it.
-Actually, that's a great way to eliminate a gun. If it does not feel good in your hand when you're just holding it, you're probably never going to like shooting it. I've had a couple of friends who were FFL's and I cannot tell you how many guns they get in used for just that reason.[b said:Quote[/b] (PhireThorn @ April 14 2004,1:10)]That being said, they have few others that I can try that 'feel good' when just holding them in my hand. If it doesn't feel good w/o firing it, I have not desired to rent/fire it. Or, should I not be crossing them off based on that, but instead wait for an actual test firing?
Thanks J for the reference on Docs... still haven't 'pulled the trigger' yet... I'm the master of procrastination/analysis paralysis.[b said:Quote[/b] (J Hoss @ April 15 2004,7:40)]RE: Docs
He is a good dealer. I have purchased several guns from him in the past -- including my first P99.
However, I always bought at a gun show.