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Old 01-09-2004, 05:38 PM   #1
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Walther P99 vs. SW99- opinion needed

I am considering purchasing one of these models. I know that they are essentially the same pistol but is there anything that I should know about either one? Are all the components the same in each? Does one perform better than the other? Any differences in trigger pull? I would appeciate all input Thx 8)
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Old 01-12-2004, 02:09 PM   #2
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Walther P99 vs. SW99

The frame of both pistols is made by Walther in Germany, although frames for the SW99 application have a rounded trigger guard. The P99's slide is also made by Walther, but the SW99's slide is made in the U. S. by Smith & Wesson.

I've never handled or fired an SW99, so I can't compare it to my Walther P99 (9 mm), which I think is terrific and very well-made.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 06:27 PM   #3
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One big difference is the warranty: it is one year for the P99; lifetime for the SW99.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 09:25 PM   #4
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Thankyou both for your replies. I am leaning towards the Walther. Just like the looks a bit better with the rectangular guard. Though the warranty makes me think........decisions decisions
 
Old 01-14-2004, 01:32 PM   #5
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One big difference is the warranty: it is one year for the P99; lifetime for the SW99.


And here is a guy that has to give a new SW99 warranty a work out.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthrea...threadid=59392

I own four German proofed P99s [2 9mmx19s and 2 .40s] and have never even had to consider the warranty on them. They are flawless.
 
Old 01-14-2004, 06:57 PM   #6
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Is it true that there are P99s without the proof that are made by S&W?
 
Old 01-14-2004, 08:17 PM   #7
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Is it true that there are P99s without the proof that are made by S&W?


There were .40 S&W P99s with Walther frames and top ends by S&W hence no German proof marks on the slides or barrels.

The exact number has changed over time but they pop up all the time. I'm under the impression the number is in excess of 3,000 units.

From what I've been told, ALL 9mmx19 P99s are 100% German pistols and only the .40 S&Ws were bastardized here!

A 100% German rpoofed P99 will have markings as shown in these photos on the Walther P99 FAQ by Dr. Ken Lunde. I took the photos a couple of years ago for my web site at the time.

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/WaltherP99FAQ/IX/5.html

Other S&W Walther/S&W P99 info.

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/WaltherP99FAQ/IX/8.html
 
Old 01-14-2004, 08:34 PM   #8
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Eric,
I have also heard all the stories about the Walther being better than the S&W. All I can say is that my S&W99 in .40 cal has worked perfectly out of the box since I bought it three years ago. Several thousand rounds through it without a failure.
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Old 01-15-2004, 08:44 AM   #9
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The lifetime warranty is overrated, in my opinion. Some of the finest firearms come with a one-year warranty, but those companies will stand behind their product well beyond the one-year period.

While not intended to compare the SW99 and P99, would you rather have a crappy firearm with a lifetime warranty or an outstanding firearm with a one-year warranty? I would pick the latter.
 
Old 01-15-2004, 11:20 AM   #10
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While not intended to compare the SW99 and P99, would you rather have a crappy firearm with a lifetime warranty or an outstanding firearm with a one-year warranty? I would pick the latter.


As would I. Well put Ken. :wink:
 
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