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Quality of P99c

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Hi group! My first post here. I'm a long time Walther P99 owner along with many other quality handguns. I recently aquired a P99C AS 9mm. While 9mm is not my favorite caliber, I've found it to a great and fun round to shoot in my full size P99. I bought the P99c after handling it at a gun shw and quickly recognized that it has the same great ergonomics of it's big brother. What I didn't expect was the increase in felt recoil in 9mm. As I said, I'm not a big 9mm shooter, deferring instead to .40, .45 and some 357SIG, but I've come to appreciate the round a bit more lately. My P99 full size is a snappy 9, but the comact really feels jumpy, particularly with some 124gr +p's, but even with range fodder. The other thing is that while the gun is very handsome, I've found a few things that don't come with the full sized pistol:

-much looser slide to frame fit. It locks nice with a full mag and one in the pipe, but still isn't as lock tight as the P99

-the trigger pin made an attempt to push itself out after about 300 rounds the other day. I pushed it back in with a punch and it does seem to have stayed put after at least 500 more rounds.

-the magazine base plate on the finger extension isn't a real solid fit, contributing to the pistol being jumpy in my hand when firing.

None of these issues are severe, just some general observations. I find my P99 full size to be such a perfect 9mm that I wanted the compact to be the same. My reference point for the compact was my Glock 26. In all reality, and I didn't think this would be the case, the Glock feels better made, recoils quite a bit less, and has greater capacity with the +2 magazines. It also is a smoother pistol for concealed carry with less rough edges.

I like the compact. It's a good little gun, it just doesn't grab me like I was hoping it would. I'm still gonna get a .40
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I had a Glock 26 for 8 years. I finally just sold it to get a compact 99 in 9mm. I shot the full size 99 a while back (range rental)m and I liked it so much that I plan to get a full size soon, This also made me think that thecompact 99 would be a good carry gun.

The reason I ditched the Glock 26 is that no matter how much I practice with the Glock, I ALWAYS shoot low and to the left. I have prev had a Glock 17 and Glock 19, and it's always been that way. My accuracy with the Glock 26 also left a lot to be desired. I shot it again about about a month ago and made up my mind to finally be done w/ it. The only reason I kept it this long was it's durability. I never had to oil it down even if I sweat on it all day on a hot summer day. Perfect carry gun durability-wise. (the only Glock that I love is my Glock 34 - with the different trigger weight, I shoot that gun normally and accurately)

I got the compact P99 on Fri and shot it for the first time yesteray. It is a lot more accurate for me than the Glock 26 ever was. I was very satisfied with it. On the slightly neg side, there is a lot more recoil. It didn't affect my accuracy, but after 150 rounds, my hand started to hurt. I went to 175 rounds and then decided to stop.

No, it's not a gun that I would shoot a couple of hundred rounds thru, like I would with a larger framed gun for a day at the range. But as it was new, I always want to shoot around 200 rounds thru a new gun to make sure it works right.Mow that I know it works, I'll probably shoort 50-100 rounds thru it periodically to stay in practice with it, since I'll be carrying it almost everyday. But, it is very snappy, and it's not something U would really want to go put 200+ rounds thru.

Despite this, I would recommend it. In a self defense situation, a mag or two of firing is fine. It's very accurate. Judging from the sample target that came with the gun fired at 25 meters, it's more accurate than I could ever shoot with ANY gun. But, I agree that while I wasn't a big fan of my Glock 26, my hand didn't hurt from firing 200 rounds thru it.

Now, another reason I went with the Walther is the tennifer finish. I assumed it would be on par with the Glock. Hopefully, it will provide the same level of rust protection from sweat. But I have noticed that the black finish on the slide is much less scratch resistant than the Glock is. And, that also goes for the plastic frame (it scratches very easy).
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Well, I am happy I made the change from the Glock 26. I had it for many years and could never shoot it as well as the 99c. Just a bit disappointed in the finish durability
Well, I like mine better than my Glock 26 that I just sold. I went a few years w/o even shooting the Glock 26, despite the fact that I carried it. I hated shooting it at the range. I was good enough to hit a person in a self defense situation w/ it, but it just didn't work at the range for me.

So, I am happy. I was just surprised how snappy it is, as you said. Now, the full siez Wather is sweet. I hope to get one this weekend. A few weeks ago I shot my Glock 34 (the only Glock I can shoot well, because of the lighter trigger) and compared it to the rental 99, and I shot both equally well.

This new S&W M&P is catchiing my attention, but it won't be out until Dec is my understanding, and I would want to shoot 1 first.
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