- Know what to expect!
I waited for weeks for Shorty to get more of these babies in stock before I was able to purchase one, and I'm glad I did.
This P99 is my first GBB gun, and I was looking to buy something that was fun to shoot without giving up an arm and a leg. Also, since I live in a state where airsoft retailers are few and far-between, I needed a CO2 powered gun since the cartridges are significantly easier to find than Green Gas. I'm honestly very happy with my purchase. I've done some serious testing of this gun, and - while I haven't yet actually gone out to the field with it - I'm quite impressed by its performance, considering the price I paid.
- "Cool factor" This is a Gas Blow Back pistol, so it's wicked fun to shoot. The blow back action adds a "coolness" factor that you just don't get with a spring or NBB pistol. Plus, the clang of the slide sounds pretty cool!
- Efficiency: This gun is surprisingly efficient on gas (just as good people at Shorty said). This probably has something to do with the EXTREMELY light slide (more on this later). I was able to shoot through 14 full magazines (210 shots, for those who're counting) before the slide catch stopped consistently functioning (I say consistently because for just about every other magazine for the next five or six, the catch WOULD work when the mag was empty), and I burned through twenty one magazines without any significant loss in range (though I don't own a Chrono so I can't speak to power). I was EXTREMELY pleased with this longevity. For the $0.50 it costs for a CO2 cartridge, I'm more than happy with that performance, especially for a gun with a blow-back system.
- Power: There's plenty of power behind each shot. Be careful with this puppy. I made myself a makeshift BB catcher out of an old Rubbermaid tub filled with newspapers, but quickly stopped shooting when I realized that I was shooting THROUGH the paper AND the bottom of the tub from about 20 feet away. Yikes!
- Ergonomics: This IS a P99 after all, so it may very well be the most comfortable handgun you'll ever hold: its grip is very forgiving, the magazine release is huge (AND ambidextrous - a bonus for southpaws like me), and the slide release is also huge and very accessible even for lefties like myself. It's also quite compact (slightly smaller than a Sig P226) but not so small as to feel cramped.
- Value: If a fun little plinker/skirmisher or first GBB is what you're looking for, you absolutely cannot beat this price (especially since Shorty charges less than just about any other retailer for this particular gun, for some reason)
- Aesthetic: This gun is an elegant and looks unique and futuristic compared to most pistols. It's as pretty as it is comfortable and as comfortable as it is pretty.
- Accuracy: As shorty said, this isn't a gun that's meant for long-range engagements. Nobody in their right mind would call the accuracy stellar at any sort of range. Whether this is the fault of the "tactical sights," the lack of hop-up, the recoil from the blow back, or a combination of the three is hard to say, but don't expect to be engaging targets from any significant distance.
- Range: As I mentioned above, this gun does NOT come equipped with a hop-up system, so BB flight is erratic at best, and often BB trajectory drops off rapidly. Shorty lists this gun's effective range to be about 100 ft. That may be a bit optimistic for shooting with any sort of consistency or accuracy.
- Safety: Because the real P99 does not have a toggle safety, Umarex needed to fabricate one for this gun. As a result, there's a rather ugly, plain-vanilla safety on the right side of the gun that both looks bad and breaks the streak of fully ambidextrous controls on the gun. It isn't hard for a lefty to use his/her right hand to flip the safety on and off, but it's a minor annoyance and frustrating given the perfection of the rest of this gun.
- Trigger pull: While it isn't a hard trigger pull, it feels SUPER long. It isn't a major issue, but it detracts somewhat from the overall comfort of shooting this gun.
-LOTS of fun to shoot
-A single CO2 cartridge will last you a LONG time, especially for a GBB gun
-Packs a heck of a punch
-This thing is all smooth and EXTREMELY comfortable to bare hands
-Accuracy at distance
-BB's don't carry very far
-Ugly, hard-to-operate safety takes a bite out of this gun's svelte exterior
-Long trigger pull.
Overall, I highly recommend this gun for someone looking for a reasonably-priced and fun GBB shooter or a short-range skirmisher that's comfortable to hold and fire.