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How did you first hear of the P99? - How many of you are Bond wannabes? :-P

  • James Bond movie, video game, or other 007 related stuff

    Votes: 2 12.5%
  • Saw it in a gunshop

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • Recommended by a friend

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • Read about it in a publication

    Votes: 4 25.0%
  • Saw it at the range

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Saw it at a gunshow

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 6 37.5%

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With the the popularity of the 007 movies and other franchises, I was wondering how many of you were turned to the P99 because of something Bond related.

I'll admit I got interest in the P99 from Die Another Day, but I bought it because of its functionality and feel in the hand. I think it'd be interesting to post another poll later to see why people bought the P99. I wonder if some people bought it because 007 has it, much like the sales of .44 Magnum revolvers went up after Dirty Harry's release
 

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Why I picked the P99---

I was looking for a handgun of some kind and a buddy of mine recommened that I look first at "Airsoft" products "to get the feel".

I went thru about five different guns before I found the P99. It felt great in the hand, I then went to the range to rent one. It shot almost better then it feels.

The only bummer about the "Airsoft" route is now I have all these toys.
 

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I dunno what happened, I am sure i clicked on option: I've read about it in a publication.

I always wanted a new pistol from Walther that could compare to the newer wondernines, but then came the very expensive P88. I definately could not afford one and although a very good gun, it does not look as good as the P99. I still wish i could have one, but gladly the P99 came out. I was suscriber to Gunns & Ammo magazine and then to Petersen's handgun magazine. I think they were announcing its release with quite some anticipation. Then finally it apeared in one issue when my subscription had already expired. I saw it in a grocery store ( Ii mean the magazine hehe). I said, wow, this i must have some day. In that long interim, I had already started to hear about the 0.40 round, and from all the controversy on the 9mm vs .45, still hot back then, I was begining to feel a bit untrusty about the relatively small caliber. So, when I was finally able to afford the P99 I chose the 0.40 one. This is the only pistol I have ever owned. I am very happy with it, although I cannot use it very often. It stays home all the time.
Now that I have heard of the .357 conversion, maybe i will try to go that way too.

cheers

Hector
 

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Yea, I'll admit I'm a James Bond fanatic, however, I heard about the P99 before James started using it. I was collecting Walther's, which started with a PPK, and was following what Walther was doing.

So I selected "other".
 

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I decided to buy my first pistol last fall. I did research on the internet to see what was available in 9mm semi-auto. My Dad has a WWII era PPK that I had shot years ago, so I knew the Walther name. He also has a Glock 17 which I had used at the range once and no light came down from heaven to let me know I had achieved 'perfection'
I looked around, asked questions of the gun owners I knew, and ended up buying the P99 because of the Walther name and reputation. But if the USP had been cheaper, I might have gone that way...

I really like my P99. It shoots well, looks sexy and is easy to take down for cleaning. I'm glad I bought it!
 

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I found an ad on GlockTalk for someone wanting to trade a P99 for a hicap 9mm. Not knowing what a P99 was and in need of a CCW, I did some research on it. After researching the internet about it (the most obvious poll category missing above), I went to a gun shop to check one out. After holding and dry firing one, I traded my beloved Beretta 92FS 9mm with 2 hicaps for a P99 in 40S&W. Though the P99 has some hoster wear, I really like it a lot. The Bond thing was the cherry on top for me.
 

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[b said:
Quote[/b] (extremist @ Mar. 05 2004,1:09)]First saw it on "Tommorow Never Dies" which was it's first appearance in a James Bond movie (scene with Michelle Yeoh in her "armory"
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Bond fondles the P99 for the first time!

Bond loading up his P99

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James
yeah

that is my favorite part of the movie. I rented the movie quite a few times only to rewind it several times and pause it to see the real thing. By then I had only seen it on magazines and a few pictures on internet. That scene at the armoury is like a tv comercial hehe.

small pics, but very apreciated.

Hector
 

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I first saw it at a gun shop. Picked it up, paid the man, and went shooting. Feels like it was poured into my hand. The only thing I still do not like about the pistol is its slick grip. I used a Handall (?) on it and it still did not feel right. Skateboard tape, still no. However, I know they do make another slip on grip that shrink wraps on. If it is very thin and "sticky" the pistol would be perfect.
Never saw the movie.
 

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I was aware of the pistol from magazines but read that a survey on Glock Talk forum asked Glock owners for their favorite pistols other than Glock. There were two big winners: the H&K P7 and the Walther P99. That made me look at the Walther.
I traded a Glock 27 to a friend for his German made PPK. I, in turn, took the PPK to a gun show where I ran into a friend who wanted it and traded it for a used like new Walther P99 in 9MM. It was so nice I dicided it needed a brother and bought a P99 in .40S&W with a titanium slide to keep it company. Next came the Bar-sto .357SIG barrel for the 40S&W cal. After some fitting by the factory, it turned out to be a very, very accurate pistol.
These were some of the best buys I have made in terms of satisfaction.
 

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Lots of James Bond fans it looks like.

I'm surprised no one has selected "recommended from a friend". Perhaps we don't listen to what our friends have to say?
 

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Well, I like to take a little credit for at least turning Ken Lunde onto the P99. AND the P7M8.


James
 

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I had a few extra bucks and went to the gun show not looking for anything in particular -- except maybe a Sig. I fondled HKs, Kimbers, and about anything else I could touch.. BTW, I didn't need anymore guns so it's not a case of the needy.

The Sigs just didn't feel right and I was going to pick up a Springfield mini .45 when I reached over and picked up a P99 -- having passed it over at least a dozen times already. In fact, I wasn't really looking and thought I was picking up a Sig before that final decision. WOW! What felt this good in my hand sure wasnt' a Sig. I never let go until I had to fill out the paperwork. #### fine gun. Now I own 3 and may eyeball a .40.



Oh. I am a big James Bond fan but that wasn't part of this decision.
 

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All this is very interesting. I really like how a lot of people were influenced by just putting it in their hand. I think that the feel of it in your hand is the best feature of all.

With all the publicity its been getting and its great features, I'm a little surprised that its not more popular than it seems to be (this is based on my unscientific looking around at what other people have at the range).

Does anybody know the civilian sales figures of Walthers compared to things like Beretta, Sig, Glock etc? I am guessing that Glocks will outsell everything else, even the 1911. But it'd be nice to see Walthers on par with Sig or Beretta.
 

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First saw Walther P99 from American Handgunner Magazine. Two months later at a local gunshow where an immediate order was placed. I'm very pleased with my P99 , it's my carry piece.
 

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I bought the Feb. '97 issue of Combat Handguns and knew that it would be my next Walther.

I found one in Texas at the end of Febuary when no one else had ever heard of it before. It was SN# 237. Back then I paid a little over $700 plus shipping.
 

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I always wanted a P5. This was after much research into autoloaders and how the P5 compared with others. Well, I never got a P5. Then, I sorta began a period where I didn't need a firearm. But, I got married, bought a house and had children. One day we had a little 'incident'. My wife said "get a gun".

I did the research again and found out about the P99. It had all the features I wanted, viz. a modern firearm, reliable, accurate, SA and DA and it felt great in my hand. That's what I went with and I'm happy with it.
 

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Discussion Starter #20
Maybe its just my computer, but I'm wondering why this thread keeps getting bumped even though nobody has responded to it for 2 weeks?  This has been happening every few days it seems and only to this particular thread.
 
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