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I've been looking for a S&W 99 in .45 and have noticed they are about $400 new and the 9mm and .40 are over $500. Just less popular?
 

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I think they didn't sell well. And, they may eventually be discontinued. Also, realize that all SW99s are discontinued. They only make the SW990L now.
 

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Everything but the polymer frame is made in the US, and they're assembled here. That probably cuts a good deal of cost.

The slide and barrel are treated stainless steel rather than the carbon steel of the P99's. Based only on my pocketknife experience, carbon steel is pricier, so that may add to the P99's cost.

Honestly, I've always figured it was because the P99 was a "true" import, while the SW99 was treated as a US gun. I doubt there's a difference in quality.
 
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