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Armed with my list of final choices, I made my way to my not-so-local but well-stocked gun shop.

The last few semi's I handled were the Springfield XP-40 Tactical, the HK USP, the Beretta Elite 2, a Para-Ordinance LDA 9mm, a Glock 22, the CZ-85 Combat, and the Walther P99.

I decided months ago to take up shooting as a hobby. I haven't shot since the early seventies. I've wanted to for years, but raising a family and maintaining a career put shooting and a lot of other things on hold.

So, for the last six months, I've gone through almost all the hoops Canada placed in front of gun fans--legal gun fans, not criminal gun fans, of course.

At the counter of Ellwood Epps Sporting goods, I wanted to make a final decision based on grip, trigger feel and sighting ease. I've fired a number of semi's over the last few weeks, so I felt confident that dry firing, plus reading everything available on each gun, would give me an accurate idea of using one on a range.


The first handgun I picked up was the Glock 22. I could not get comfortable with the gun. The grip angle, shape, and indentations were not made for my hand.

The HK USP, probably a fine gun, was huge. My medium sized hands could not get comfortable. Also, the thing is huge. Massive. Overbuilt, probably, for my needs.

The Beretta was beautiful. It fit my hand perfectlyThe . It made lovely racking sounds. If it were about $300 less expensive, it would have been a bargain. Also, I could get a used police DAO Brig for CAN$500 with a Safariland thrown in and change a spring for a few dollars.

The Para was a stainless-steel beauty. It had that unique and glass-like trigger--but, again, it was very expensive.

The CZ was a good fit---much like the Hi-Power. But, try to field-strip the thing and you will know that you are handling old technology.

Some twenty minutes later, only the XD-40 and the P99 were in the running.

The XD-40 was $CAN200 less than the 99. Was the silky trigger feel, the unique features of the trigger system and the superior appearance enough to justify the added cost the P99?

Yes.

After about another two weeks of goverment red tape--the kind of red tape criminals ignore--I shall pick up my black, completely German P99.
 

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The longer I have my P99, the more I appreciate it. I've heard mostly good thing's about the xd's too, but I don't think you'll have any regrets over choosing the P99. Congrats!
 

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Hi ya vS5. Welcoe back to the wonderful world of shooting.Like you shooting had been put aside for the raiseing of the famly, but now that's done and I'm haveing a ball.I'm going shooting 2 or 3 times a week. You made a wise choice.
I have put a couple thousand rnds down the pipe of an XD and a Glock. There good shooters, reliable, accurate and well made. But the thing that I didn't like about the XD was it IS top heavy. this with the high bore axis gives a preaty snappy recoil. Nothing harsh or unmanageable. But noticeably more than the P99 or a Glock. And the Glock finer ridgea and grip angle just didn't ge alon with me.
In this size pistol the Glock is the top seller, and the XD is showing up more an more. But the P99 is catching on preaty quick. Especially with the folks who get to shoot the three before the purchase. For my money you made a great choice.
So for the next 2 weeks waiting time, spend it hunting some good ammo suppliers. Cause these pistols ARE shooters, and 100 rnds goes real quick. Like in an afternoon of shooting. The P99s are one of the easiest shooters there is, and a couple hundred rnds a week down the pipe arn't hard to do at all. So a good sorce of ammo can become real important to ya.
Now I'm going to try an help ya as a friend should...
So close your eyes take a deep breath and repeat after me.
I am not a P99 aholic..
I am not going to get a Green P99 in 40 cal.
I am not a P99 aholic...
I am not going to buy a Black P99 in 9MM
I am not a P99 aholic
I am not going to buy a Green P99 in 9MM
I am not a P99 aholic.
I am not going to write Walther every week begging them to make a P99 in 45acp.
I am not a .... Oh well it didn't work for me either hahahaha.
 

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Quote[/b] ]I am not going to write Walther every week begging them to make a P99 in 45acp.
S&W has the franchise on that.  Has anyone shot a SW99 .45??
 
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