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I posted this question on another forum and was referred here:

I just picked up my new P99, all black, in 40 S&W. On disassembly I noted two things that I wanted to ask some people with a longer experience with the P99 about. I should note it is the Walther pistol, not the S&W or hybrid.

First, the guide rod is plastic and almost seems to "bend" when I reassemble the pistol and put it in place. It may just be the spring, it is one of those flat metal springs, that is making it look this way. Any guide rod or spring problems?

Second (and possibly related), the spring seems like it will rub against the inside of the frame just in front of the take down assembly. In fact this is in the area where the above noted "bend" was, and it seems that by lying against the frame the bend would actually be removed. Being that it is a flat-edged spring I wondered if I could expect any wear of the frame in this area.

All in all a beautiful piece. Can't wait to go shoot it. The barrel really seems to provide full support for the 40 cartridge, unlike another pistol I own.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Greg

P.S. I did do a search here and saw the info on the steel guide rods which may be made. Looks interesting.
 

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Hey Greg, welcome to the forum...the guide rod does bend and it has been said that it might bend for a purpose. As far as wear you should not have a problem, but obviously inspect it during shooting and make sure. Have fun!
 

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Stainless Steel (either black or polished) recoil guide rods coming soon. I will keep you posted.
 
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