Germany’s Walther P99 Pistol is a semi-automatic weapon that was initially developed for law enforcement, security forces and civilian use in the competitive shooting market.  Germany’s Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen began production in 1996.

 

Horst Wesp, designer of the P99, worked on the Walther design from 1993 to 1996.   Since its initial introduction, the pistol, and the original magazine, has undergone a number of design modifications.  Second and third generation models have continued to improve on the original model.

The extensive Firearms and Ordnance Gallery at the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL has on display a number of pistols from around the world.   This is truly an astonishing collection of all firearms.  The oldest piece on display is a very rare bayonet from the Revolutionary War. 

 

Design Features:

  • 9x 19mm Parabellum chamber
  • Short recoil, operated Locked Breech
  • Cam-lock system
  • Polymer frame reinforced with glass fiber
  • Internal Striker
  • Protruding red striker tip when cocked
  • Chamber indicator shows when pistol is loaded
  • Interchangeable grip back straps

 

Internal Safety Features:

  • Iron sights - adjust for wind and elevation
  • Break down without tools
  • Ambidextrous magazine release in trigger guard

 

Accessories

A number of factory accessories are also available for the Walther P99, including the following:

  • Fixed metal three-dot iron sights
  • Fixed Tritum Night Sights
  • Adjustable Optic Fiber Iron Sights
  • Adjustable Sports Iron Sights
  • Tactical Lights
  • Laser Pointers
  • Silencer

 

Specifications for the Walther P99 – 9 x 19mm Parabellum

  • Production Run:  1996 thru present day
  • Weight:  22 ounces
  • Length:  7.1 inches
  • Barrel Length:  4.0 inches
  • Muzzle Velocity:  1,339 feet per second
  • Effective Range:  196 feet

 

Variants

A number of P99 variants have been produced since this pistol was first introduced, including a compact version and training variants.  Some limited editions – including the MI-6 (James Bond) version, Year 2000, and P99 TA – have also been produced.  The listing below shows some of the countries who use this pistol:

  • Canada – Montreal Police
  • Finland – Defence Forces, police, customs/border guard personnel
  • Germany – North Rhine – Westphalia, Hamburg, Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein police forces
  • Ireland – An Garda Siochana’s special detective unit
  • Malaysia – Royal Police
  • Netherlands – Police
  • United Kingdom – Nottinghamshire Police armed specialist units

 

Fifteen years after the first model came off the production line, Germany’s Walther P99 remains in production.  Recently, both the Finnish Police and the Dutch Police have chosen the Walther P99 to replace older pistols.