Walther Forums banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
19 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I finally got to the range with my P99 QA and my Sig P245.  Had a fun day but, and a big one:  Anyone have a blister from the "hook" that comes down from the rear of the frame?".  I have an arthritic joint at the base of my right thumb and it is larger than normal, it's a big knuckle type thing, and I was wondering if the frame can be sanded down to remove the hook.  There is a decent sized piece of skin gone from where the blister grew.  I do not wish to unload the P99 as it is a 40S&W and replaced a Sig P228.  The fit, in my hands, is much better than the blocky grip of the P228 so I want to keep the Walther and just remove the bump.  Any and all help/opinions welcome
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
75 Posts
Voodoo17,

I finally figured out where the hook is that you referred to. Is it not the downward projection at the very end of the frame?
I note that there appears to be a small spring on the right side of the interior of the frame which lies above the downwards hook area. If I am correct in what I observe, then filing off the "hook" area would not work.
As an alternative, why not fill in the cavity created by the downward hook? That would force your hand into a slightly lower position on the grip and lessen contact between your thumb web area the the frame hook.
As far as fill material goes, I defer to others. Something must work. Some kind of black epoxy mix such as used in refinishing furniture.
I understand the pain of an arthritic joint. I have a birth defect in the joint of my left big toe which forces me to wear walking shoes most of the time and causes other problems.
Let us hope we can fix this problem.

-Chip00
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Yes, that is the "hook" that I am talking about. The knuckle of the thumb rides against the ridge at the point that you mention. I will look at the material used with Glock grip reductions and give a long think about filling in that area. Sounds like an idea.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
No offense, but that sounds to me like a poor grip on the gun. The gun should be lined up so that if you drew a line straight back from the front sight, through the rear sights and off the back of the gun, it would line up perfectly with your arm and end at your shoulder. If you are holding the gun so that the imaginary line would go through your thumb knuckle and then end off your hand, your grip is wrong. Rotate your grip around the gun so that the gun lines up with your arm thereby moving your thumb knuckle off towards the side of the gun. Doing that should make the "beavertail" hook rest comfortably on the top of your hand because it should now match the natural curvature of that part of your hand.

Hope that made sense.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Thanks "bybon" and yes that is the area I got the blister from. Big hands, small hands, etc. cause any gun to grabbed and held the most comfortable way that the shooter needs to get the job done. I found that leaving the P99 QA alone and just changing my thumb position from a high hold(ala a 1911) helped but I do consider the "downward" curve to draw from a very comfortable gun. There is so much to like about this P99 that it will be a keeper along with my Sig P245 and a AMT 1911"Hardballer" which is cheap enough for me to improve without worrying about beating up on a quality 1911 style gun. Neither the Sig nor the Hardballer, I installed a Wilson beavertail myself, created the problem the P99 did so it is the "bump". no matter what anyone thinks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
356 Posts
That area at the rear of the P99 frame annoys me, too, but only with my .40 Auto P99s (shooting either .40 Auto or .357 Sig). My 9mm P99s have less muzzle flip, and apparently the reason why the area does not bother me for that caliber.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
If Ken believes it to be troublesome, then it must be a defect with the pistol.

I too had to change my grip to adjust where my thumb knuckle is positioned. It did not dawn on me that just maybe I had an incorrect hold. Live and learn. Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
I deliberately shot lefthanded and felt no discomfort. It is something I will have to live with because the knuckle is not going to get any smaller, that's for sure. I did not start out wanting to own another 9mm when I picked up the P99 QA in 40S&W and Ken is probably correct about the recoil. My knuckle is not Walthers fault I said before, the gun is a keeper. I owned a few that I should not have sold but the ones that are left are the survivors and well worth the wait to own.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
263 Posts
I was thinking about why this bump gives some people trouble. I don't have any trouble with it personally.

I was thinking that it might help some of you to switch to the smaller backstrap. A smaller backstrap would reduce the circumfrence of the grip. This would force your thumb to wrap around the grip farther, possibly moving your knuckle out of the way. Just a thought
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top