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I remember wayyyy back when i bought my first P99... before the 40 cals came out......while interarms was still importing....
I did alot of research on the P99 before buying. I didnt JUST buy it because of the "Bond Factor" although, that introduced me to the gun....
I had a glock 17 at the time... a 1st gen at that....
and I was amazed at how much better the P99 was ergonomically compared to the Glock.... leaps and bounds better.
it seems in that time, the polymer gun world was fully populated, but most were boxy and clunky.
The p99 broke the mold, and to my recollection was THE FIRST polymer frame gun to feature grip adjustments. I thought this was an amazing design feature....

Fast forward to NOW..... practically all the polymer guns out there have finger grooves and more ergonomic features, heck even new glocks aint that bad....
and now it seems EVERYONE is copying the P99s grip design. The HK P2000 was the first it seems... now the SW M&P, the forthcoming HK P30....

with all that said, IMO the P99 still wins out!
 

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We have most of the new stuff where I part time, and I must say that the P99 is leaps and bounds the best of the "plastic pistols".
 

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the forthcoming HK P30....

with all that said, IMO the P99 still wins out!

I think the P30 will be competition in that department..... but we will have to see how it feels in the hand.. but the fact that it comes with interchangeable side pannels... I think they may just have a winner
 

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Have to say that the PPS felt pretty darn good in the ol' hand when I picked one up for the first time a few days back. Then again, I've feel exactly the same way when I take hold of the PPK, and even the PPK/S. There's something about a Walther that fits the hand -- or my hand, at least. The Glocks of the world don't have it and can't touch it (not that there's anything wrong with a Glock, mind you; an awful lot of folks, and a whole bunch of LEOs, swear by 'em).

Of the Walthers, the P99 and the 99c are, well, just about right, I think -- a tough design to improve upon. Lots of gun manufacturers have emulated it, but no one has surpassed it to date.
 

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.... SO very true!
the PPK is just such a brilliant PERFECT design..... its surprising that John Moses didnt design it...
Sometimes I just take my lil antique PPK apart and marvel at the design...
Even with all the fudging around with the design that S&W has done to the PPK , it still has more style than anything in its class....... keep your Bersas and kahrs...
 

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While I love the feel of the P99 and the ability to change the back straps is great.
I find that the feel of my Steyr MA1 is just a tad better than the P99, even though the M40A1 doesn't have the adjust ability . The P99 is still ahead of the M&P even with the interchangeable back straps with side panels.
 

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Personally, I like that the P-99 doesn't have such extreme finger groove indents like on the newer Glock. I don't like the gun telling me where I should put my fingers. All the S&W/Hogue finger groove grips that came with my 629 revolvers now reside in a landfill somewhere. I swapped ALL of them out for Pachmayr grips WITHOUT those dang finger grooves. I think if the P-99 had those pronounced finger grooves like on the new Glocks, I probably wouldn't have bought it. :)

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I concur.

Finger groves only make sense if they groove with YOUR fingers.

I hate Glock's finger grooves. Long live the 1st Gens.
 

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Glocks feel like shooting a 2x4 to me. They're big, clumsy, never fit my hands well and ugly to boot.

I concur.

Finger groves only make sense if they groove with YOUR fingers.

I hate Glock's finger grooves. Long live the 1st Gens.
THANK YOU! I hate finger grooves. My hands are apparently smaller than whatever average human they base those damn grooves on. Basically anything with them is wrong for me. So far, my PPK is the best fit for my hands that I've found. That's why I bought one. I'm tough to fit a pistol to, I guess. I can't wait until I can afford to think about another gun. Walthers are going to be my first choice. They seem to realize that everyone is different.
 

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The thing that I like most, perhaps, about the P99 (and the P99c) -- beyond its reliability and accuracy and the sleek logic of its design, and the craftsmanship, of course -- is the fact that you can adjust the grip to fit your hand. No gimmicks; no form seeking function or function seeking form or marketing trick -- just a simple adjustment that makes the thing, once you find the right size for your individual tastes, a true pleasure to shoot.

The difference for me between the medium backstrap and the small backstrap is the difference between, say, lightning ... and a lightning bug.
 

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My P99 came with 2 mediums spacers and a large.

So far the medium(s) have done just fine!

The P99 just loves to eat ammo, may have trouble keeping it feed!
 
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