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Vracer111 Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Walther CP99 pellet pistol - better quality than the P99 .43 caliber paintball pistol but doesn't simulated the P99 like the Paintball version
Delta 68 pistol - much bigger, but lighter and shoots better.
Marker Setup: Delta 68 pistols (one silver & one black) with upgraded bolt springs for proper velocity.
Strengths: Solid consruction, heft, simulation of a blowback semi-auto pistol
Weaknesses: Non-adjustable velocity,
Review: PRELIMINARY: Ordering & my specific model

First off I wanted to get the information out there on the US version of the Walther P99 imported by Umarex so you can make an informed decision on it. I orderd my P99 off an Ebay vendor who had it shipped directly from RAP Inc (for a total of $234 shipped). I ordered the green slide version, and it's more of a jungle green - not exactly what I was hoping for and nothing like any of the pictures online have shown but I can live with it. Also bought 4 additional magazines plus 500 .43 Caliber rubber balls and 500 .43 Caliber AG1 paintballs.

THE U.S. Version differences

We get a Umarex redesigned version from the original. Most notable difference is the blazing RED muzzle tip that extends 3/8" past the front of the slide. Second difference is the safety lock button on the rear area of the trigger, the non US versions don't have this. Another difference is the serial number is near the front of the slide closer to the muzzle while the other country serial numbers are further back towards the chamber area.

Features and operation
Major features of the Walther P99 .43 paintball pistol are as follows:

Steel and Polymer construction
Brass barrel (it's definately brass, not aluminum) - 4" length
9-round metal magazines
Screw-in 12gram CO2 cylinder (not 2-stage like the P226 one)
Safety on trigger
Slide catch
Magazine release
Decocker
Cocked indicator
Slide functions like a real semi-auto pistol
Single/double action trigger
different backstraps available for the grip.

The Walther P99 .43 paintball pistol has good solid construction and heft to it - ready to go with loaded magazine it's 2lbs, but a nicely balanced 2 lbs. To power up you cock the slide and insert a 12gram CO2 cartridge in the cylinder and screw it all the way in - simple and works great. To load a magazine with paintballs you slide the follower down until it locks into place. Load in 9 balls and release the follower, quick and simple. With the slide in the rear position, insert the magazine until it locks (I press the magazine release lever to let it slide in easy.) Hit the slide release lever and it's ready to shoot - after you press the safety button on the trigger to 'fire'. Note: Every time you cock the slide a ball is loaded into the chamber. So if you decock the trigger you have to fire in Double Action mode unless you want to add another ball in the chamber. The fit of the P99 in the hand is nice too.

Performance

First impressions of shooting with the rubber balls were ok, but I was dissapointed with the velocity. Was just checking out the FPS with the first 12gram CO2 cartridge in my room with the rubber balls as it was downpouring. Using a Chrony chronometer it was shooting 225-234FPS. Here I had a nice semi-auto Walther P99 .43 paintball pistol but shooting ~230fps (and the manual states "Velocity up to 220ft/s" on the cover too). It did shoot for a while on one CO2 cartridge though - 8 magazine worth plus 15 or so shots until the CO2 cartridge was completely empty. Finally the weather cleared up and it was bright and sunny. Loaded up the magazines with the AG1 paintballs, setup the chrony, and hoped I didn't get 230fps. To my surprise the paintballs were shooting at 260-270fps...much better! I then compared the rubber balls to the paintballs and the rubber balls were noticeably smaller than the paintballs...whew, good thing the difference in ball size was the reason for the slower FPS. Usage of that CO2 cartrodge was pretty impressive: 10 magazines worth of paintballs + 16 shots to totally empty the CO2.

The accuracy is good at 25' distance: 6" grouping hand held in a combat rapid fire drill (shoot twice - move - shoot twice - move...). It's right up there with my Delta 68's! Precision is good as well, though you do get one or two stray balls a clip it seems. Otherwise it's repeatable and can hit the same spot (not rapid fire of course - single fire.) Changing magazines is quick and easy...68 caliber paintball pistols just can't compete. Takes less than 5 seconds to remove and empty clip, insert a loaded clip, and release the slide.
Conclusion: Initally I was dissapointed with its performance using the rubber balls. But with the paintballs its performance was as it should be. A good, accurate paintball pistol that is fun to shoot and quick to reload. And getting 81 useable shots from a 12gram CO2 cartridge (the 10th magazine had some bounces at the end) shooting at 260+fps isn't bad at all, especially when a mix of rapid fire and slow steady shots!
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Cacophony Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 | 3:51 pm PST
Thanks for the review, Vracer... How well do the 0.43 caliber paintballs mark live targets? I have heard that they are significantly less accurate than 0.68 caliber rounds. I have also read that they tend to have more ball bounces (versus ball breaks) when they strike their targets. I'm accustomed to the excellent accuracy of my Tiberius Arms TAC-8 and T9 pistols and the performance of Marballizer paint. But, it would be nice to have a quality pistol with good accuracy and a smaller frame than the TAC-8 and T9. I'd appreciate if you could comment on the P99's performance in-game.
   

Donster 125 Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 | 6:11 pm PST
great review!
   

phecri902 Friday, May 11th, 2007 | 9:23 pm PST
Good review... concise, non-opinionated and to the point! I'm looking forward to getting my P99.
   

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