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A subjective question, but in most of the reviews and write-ups of the P99, the answer is yes. My thoughts:

- Finish: The Glock will not show scratches/wear as much as the P99 since the P99 has a nicer finish to begin with
But that's not to say the P99s finish is not durable when it comes to rust and corrosion.

Here's a page that talks about durability testing of the P99:
http://www.tetragon.ca/p99/pg2.html#durability

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I agree with Jim that the gun is still too new for any real empirical data to be available, but it seems to be every bit as reliable as a Glock, perhaps even more so, since it is rumored Glock designers defected to Walther to work on the project.

This is as much an engineering comment, as it is one of reliability, but one of the often overlooked (or little known) attributes of the P99 is the fact that it has a glass-reinforced receiver. This is the 'magic' that enables Walther to keep the grip so slim and ergonomic, packing 16 double stacked rounds into their grip, where other manufactuers rely on polymer and a prayer, which make their handles feel bulkier.
 

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If anything, should be better. Same basic design as Glock w some improvements IMO. Same tough Tenifer finish, improved locking block and trigger system (bar, spring, firing pin safety, etc).

Have heard of em going over 50K in some tests w no signs of excessive wear.

Did see a P99/40 w a hairline cracks in the frame when PMC 165 FMJ/FP case blew. Same ammo blew up 2 Glocks worse.
 

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I was set on getting a Glock 17, as I have always wanted one, but now I'm considering just getting another P99 in 40S&W instead.

I am real leery of just going 'glockless' all of a sudden, but the P99 seems to be a fantastic gun. If it is just as tough as the Glocks, I guess I can rest easy...

Anyone else here ended up going glockless after getting a P99?
 

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Mike, I've often said that there's no reason to buy a Glock anymore, since the P99 has all its attributes, with more features and better ergonomics. Anyone who insists on a Glock is just being a lemming, or living in denial. Some people can't deal with the idea of not having what everyone else has, or are too insecure to live with their own decision.

Check out my personal web page (link below) for a little write-up, and some photos.
 

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Quote[/b] (Administrator @ Aug. 15 2002,3:44)]I've often said that there's no reason to buy a Glock anymore, since the P99 has all its attributes, with more features and better ergonomics.  Anyone who insists on a Glock is just being a lemming, or living in denial.  Some people can't deal with the idea of not having what everyone else has, or are too insecure to live with their own decision.
While I very much like my P99s (that's why I own four of them), until Walther starts to chamber it in .357 Sig (with a factory barrel) and 10mm, there will always be room in my collection for Glocks.
 

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Ken, point taken.  I was going to qualify, by adding "unless you need a caliber that's not offered", but I presumed that was obvious, and a given, within the context of the question, so I left it out. All things being equal, my point stands. Comparing apples to apples, the Walther wins. When you start looking to expand the parameters, then all bets are off.
 

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As much as I don't like to admit it, I do sometimes end up buying what everyone else has, for whatever reason. In fact, the reason I am wanting a Glock 17 is because of the mystique or some such.

I am going to get myself another P99 in 40S&W, and then think about a Glock 17 after I have owned the P99's for awhile.

I will say the P99 fits my hand a bit better, and I really love the ambi mag release, and the 3 dot sights are nice as well.
 

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Mike, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Without getting into all kinds of marketing parlance about why people make the decisions they do, my advice is always to buy what you shoot the best, and most safely. That said, I've had my share of experience with Glocks, and can say that for myself, I can't think of a reason to own one in 9mm or .40, now that the P99 is on the market.
 

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"I've often said that there's no reason to buy a Glock anymore, since the P99 has all its attributes, with more features and better ergonomics. Anyone who insists on a Glock is just being a lemming, or living in denial. Some people can't deal with the idea of not having what everyone else has, or are too insecure to live with their own decision."

Actually there is a reason to own a Glock,,,You can't shoot a P99 at a GSSF match. Would be interesting if a person could though wouldn't it?
 

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Quote[/b] (mikemck @ Aug. 14 2002,10:57)]Is the P99 as tough or durable as the Glock?
Well I've had my Glock for about ten years with no problems, I've had my P99 for about two months no problems, they just havent been out long enough to compare durability..IMHO
 

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... As far as whether one should buy a Glock now that the SW99/P99 is here... There are people that prefer the safe action trigger system that Glocks are built around. But here's our family's experience with this: I bought a Glock 17 for my wife
since she wanted to shoot 9mm and just did not get along with the DA/SA setup on the Sigs that I own (P226, P239). In fact she could not even pull the DA on the Sigs (partly because of lack of training and just plain delicate fingers, and I think the DA is around 10 lbs or more). So we got the Glock which she very competently shoots now after some range training. Recently, however she went to a weekend handgun training course for women and came home with glowing stories about the SW99 in 9mm that she "just loved to shoot", "the DA was easy enough even for her", "I hit the middle of the target every time"... etc. So now she is thinking she'll focus on learning to shoot our Walther P99 in 9mm! I think the Glock might end up living in the safe (except I really enjoy shooting it, heh, heh)...

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My story is similar to Jazz's.
My wife and I took the OPS Tactical Pistol course last year, me with my P99 her with a Glock 19. The Glock worked out well for her, but the trigger started having some problems. I traded the Glock off for a Sig P225. For a couple of months all I heard was "Buy me another glock 19". Along the way me and Val worked out a trade, my P5 for a P99QA. After my wife shot the QA, she forgot all about the G19. Not only were her groups much smaller with the QA, but she was far more consistent as well. Now the P99QA is HERS, and she shoots it far better than she ever did the Glock.
 

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I am officially Glockless. I was never a big fan anyway. Its a good gun and I wouldn't list any faults or real dislike of them but I no longer have any reason or desire to own one. It has flat out been outclassed in every way by the superior Walther P99. I liked my little G27 but its gone away with the others and my P99 carries just fine. Perhaps after adding an additional 2 or 3 variants of P99's I may pick up a real Glock, like the G29 10mm, but that would be the only one I would have any use for. Something better is here to stay,The incredible Walther P99.
 
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