Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

Walther P99 / P990 - Junk or just not popular?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by DrCox, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. DrCox

    DrCox Hillsboro Member

    Messages:
    102
    Likes Received:
    11
    I own 2 P99s, 1 is AS in 9mm and the other is 1st gen in .40 (so basically AS)

    I noticed that seeing walther pistols for sale on this forum is pretty rare, and I dont see many people talking about them. I love my P99s and I think they shoot well. So what gives?

    -DrCox
     
  2. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

    Messages:
    705
    Likes Received:
    184
    I would take the rarity of seeing the item for sale here as being popular, not as being junk IMO.
     
  3. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

    Messages:
    1,199
    Likes Received:
    51
    They were expensive because of the dollar/euro exchange rate, and the first batches had issues that gave them a bad reputation that stuck long after the issues were fixed.

    BUT, now the design has been licensed to Magnum Research Inc. (MRI) and the P99 Walther is reborn as the MR Eagle in both 9mm and .40. Frames are still made by Walther but slides and parts are now made in America where the gun is assembled---and it really looks great! There is a big writeup of the new gun in the March issue of Shooting Times...........................elsullo
     
  4. Rix

    Rix Tacoma Active Member

    Messages:
    717
    Likes Received:
    68
    I know I'm not selling mine. Like, ever.
     
  5. richdav

    richdav oregon Member

    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    22
    I had one and really liked the way it shoot. It was too small for my hand so I sold it but it was well built and had great features.
     
  6. Iceberg

    Iceberg Forest Grove Active Member

    Messages:
    795
    Likes Received:
    91
    I had a P99c that I sold because it was too short; I don't like shooting w/ a two finger grip so I bought a Glock 19. The P99 is a very well made gun that also suffered from being badge engineered into the S&W SW99. The P99 is a very popular police & military handgun in Europe, but the fact that they sell in the US for hundreds more than a compairable Glock probably does not help their sales much. Only HK can sell their hyper expensive German made plastic guns (in very limited numbers compaired to the Glock) to their dedicated fan base.
     
  7. torrejon224

    torrejon224 Springfield, OR Member

    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    2
    I just sold a full size 9 with the AS trigger on this forum and still have a P99c that I'll never sell. I loved the full size and it was a fantastic gun but I like my HK P7s better and have a large collection of them. My first P99 was the S&W version and it was also a great pistol but I traded that for a M&P9c. Also had a S&W99 in 45acp but that one didn't last long, recoil was a bit brutal and it had some feed issues.The Walther compact I kept is carried every day as a backup in an ankle rig. Light, extremely accurate and dependable. Couldn't ask for a better compact. Walther is coming out with a new model called the PPQ which looks like a cross between a HK P30 and a Glock. Not sure of pricing but hopefully it will be more in line with what S&W prices are like.
     
  8. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    1,006
    Likes Received:
    572
    QUOTE=DrCox;364063]I own 2 P99s, 1 is AS in 9mm and the other is 1st gen in .40 (so basically AS)

    I noticed that seeing walther pistols for sale on this forum is pretty rare, and I dont see many people talking about them. I love my P99s and I think they shoot well. So what gives?

    -DrCox[/QUOTE]

    I've noticed the lack of Walther P99 action on this site also so I meander over to a Walther forum daily to see what's new. I recently bought a barely used P99c and my first round out of the gate the slide would come forward after a round down the tube. Turns out that was why the guy sold it. Sent it to Smith (they paid all the 3 day shipping both ways) and I had it back in a couple weeks repaired with No charges. I got a great deal on this model (with the ambi slide release and NO import markings) even with the hassle of shipping back and I couldn't love it more for fit and finish.

    Amazingly, the Glock talk guys make it over there too :thumbup::thumbup:
     
  9. DrCox

    DrCox Hillsboro Member

    Messages:
    102
    Likes Received:
    11
    Looks like there is love :) Thanks guys!
     
  10. geometro

    geometro PDX Active Member

    Messages:
    133
    Likes Received:
    26
    I think the P99 series is just rare: probably mostly due to perceived value, not the lack of craftsmanship or reliablity.
     
  11. crusader4x

    crusader4x Shoreline, WA New Member

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    I own a 1st Gen in .40S&W. It was my first pistol and still shoots magnificently. Although my current favorite handgun is my M&P9, I still enjoy shooting my P99 and will never sell it.
     
  12. farmdog

    farmdog Northern Oregon Member

    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    I had a Walther P990 in .40. I did not care for the long trigger pull of the 990 series, but everything else was great. It was even marked Walther on both the frame and slide...no S&W anywhere. If it had not had the DAO trigger I would still have it today.
     
  13. DrCox

    DrCox Hillsboro Member

    Messages:
    102
    Likes Received:
    11
    Did your long trigger pull include the "ready" spot in the trigger? On my 99 AS (and the first gen 99) there is a spot in the trigger pull where it clicks slightly, this is a small distance away from the actual point at which it fires the weapon. After this click you can remove your finger from the trigger and it will remain in this ready state. When I am shooting I never seem to use the full length of the trigger pull after the first shot, just hang out in the short pull range. You should try out one of the new 99s in AS. The QA I do not like, and feature that really long trigger pull I think you are speaking of.
     
  14. farmdog

    farmdog Northern Oregon Member

    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    The 990 I had was just a looong DAO trigger pull w/o any of the attributes of the "QA" or "AS". I have a friend w/ the S&W version (SW99) and I like the trigger pull on his (I believe his has the "AS" type of trigger).
     
  15. DrCox

    DrCox Hillsboro Member

    Messages:
    102
    Likes Received:
    11
    Yeah I had an SW99, same functions. Strangely though I find the walthers more attractive then thier Smith cousins...I know its practically the same gun but it does look differentin some ways. :)
     
  16. farmdog

    farmdog Northern Oregon Member

    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    I agree there are minor diffferences in the cosmetics of the two. I was kind of fond of mine because it was all Walther both slide and frame. It had Walther USA on it also. I got it with one Walther mag and night sights for $299.00 no box, paperwork, grip replacements, or anything. It came from CDNN and was listed as used police trade in. It looked unfired. If it would have had any other action other than the DAO i would have kept it.
     
  17. Doubletap247

    Doubletap247 Happy Valley, Oregon, United States New Member

    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have been thinking of selling my SW99 and have been looking around to get an idea of the price to sell it for and if I should sell it at all.
    The SW99 was my first firearm and recently I have added a Sig Scorpion to the list and I was thinking of selling this one to make up some of the cost of the new one before it arrives.
    the condition is almost new and I would guess that I have shot about 300 rounds through it since new.

    Does anyone have any insight they would care to share with me on this decision making process?

    Sorry if I am hijacking this post but I had the same question as I was not finding very many of these around for sale.

    Thank you
     
  18. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

    Messages:
    752
    Likes Received:
    210
    ============================================================================

    I paid $425 for my SW99 from a fellow forum member 18 months ago, it was like new condition.

    I don't think I would sell it for much less, I would suggest a price of between $400 to $450 is reasonable.
     
  19. Doubletap247

    Doubletap247 Happy Valley, Oregon, United States New Member

    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    @ gunnails.
    Thank you for your response.
    I was thinking that would be the right amount to ask for it if I were to decide to sell it.
    One thing I am always afraid of when selling a firearm is finding out later that it is a hot gun but I was thinking that in this case there mus be so many of these in circulation that it is worth what it is worth used at a gun store maybe a little less.
     
  20. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

    Messages:
    752
    Likes Received:
    210
    I think that because the gun is no longer in production hurts it value some, the 15 round mags for example are hard to come by.