Walther Special Operations P99 Airsoft Gun Review

The Walther P99 is a very iconic gun used world-wide; from James Bond to the German police to the latest Modern Warfare game. The Walther P99 airsoft gun is obviously a replica of the real thing. It comes with a silencer, extra magazine, and a larger grip replacement.

The main thing people notice when they look at the Walther P99 airsoft gun is the silencer. It’s suppose to be a “mock” silencer that’s just for show, but there’s a noticeably quieter sound when you shoot with the silencer on oppose to off. The silencer is removable (it simply screws on and off) but when you take it off, there’s a one-inch long orange tip that doubles as the thing that the silencer screws onto. It looks absolutely terrible, but it doesn’t effect performance. Also, the silencer completely obstructs the iron sights, making aiming much harder.

The orange tip doubling as the thing that the silencer screws onto  is an all-out design flaw/shortcut that Umarex (the manufacturer of this gun) took because it’s much cheaper to produce this way. Not only does the tip look horrible when the silencer is taken off, but it’s also very weak because it’s only made of plastic. This causes the silencer to break right off the gun, taking the orange tip with it, if you are at all rough with it.

Even if you manage not to break your silencer, it makes the whole gun very inaccurate. Because the silencer isn’t properly anchored to the gun, if you even slightly bump it it will bend a little bit and send BBs flying in every-which direction.

With the silencer taken off, the Walther P99 airsoft pistol is pretty accurate with .20 gram BBs. Even in the wind, it can hit a 12 inch gel target from 30 feet away with good consistency. And the sights are exactly like the ones on the real P99 which adds to the realism.

The magazines that come with the Walther P99 are really good. They hold 15 rounds and have a 100 round reservoir. The reservoir makes reloading time much quicker, since you can reload right from the magazine itself. Although, they are made completely out of light plastic, which makes them less durable and feel cheap.

The larger grip that the Walther P99 comes with is great for people with large hands. To replace the normal sized grip with the bigger one all you have to do is remove a pin and the grip will come right off, then you can just push the other one right on and put the pin back in. The larger grip makes the whole grip much bigger, although it isn’t flush with the rest of the gun and looks kind of stupid with a considerable gap between the grip and the handle. It’s sturdy and does the job, though.

The safety is absolutely ridicules. It’s a tiny little half-circle that you have to pinch with your index finger and thumb and turn to select “fire” or “safe”. If you need to take the gun out and start shooting in a timely manner, which you usually have to do with sidearms, it takes over three extra seconds to hold the P99 in one hand and turn off the safety with the other. This wasted time can result in you being tagged in a airsoft skirmish.

The last thing that’s worth noting about the Walther P99 is a little red dot on the back of the gun that pops up when there’s a BB in the chamber and goes back down when there’s not. This kind of makes the gun look even more like a toy, but the red warning dot can be helpful if you just pick the gun up and don’t know if it’s loaded. Personally, I like this feature.

To wrap things up, the Walther P99 Special Operations airsoft pistol is a okay spring pistol. The silencer looks cool, but really doesn’t serve much purpose and is very easy to break. And the magazines are really the highlight of the whole gun. I would think of this gun more as “just for show” kind or gun (like a airsoft revolver); it truly doesn’t have much useability, but it’s unique and different. For the $20 that it costs, though, as long as you’re very gentle with the silencer, it’s worth the buy.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 300
Accuracy: Bad with the suppressor, Moderately accurate without it
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before every shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .20 grams
Magazine Capacity: 15 BBs
Manufacture: Umarex

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