Smith & Wesson SW99

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S&W SW99
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Smith & Wesson SW99
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  Germany
 United States
Service history
Used by

Rock Hill Police Department

Milpitas Police Department
Production history
Designer Walther arms
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Produced 1999 - 2006[1]
Variants SW99, SW99QA, SW990, SW990L (Full and compact sizes)
Weight 700 g (unloaded)
Length 180 mm (7.1 in)
Barrel length 110 mm (414 in)

Cartridge 9×19mm Parabellum
.40 S&W
.45 ACP
Action Recoil operation
Feed system

Detachable magazine capacity;

  • 9 rounds single stack (45 ACP)
  • 12 rounds (.40 S&W)
  • 16 rounds (9mm)
Sights Adjustable three-dot iron sights

The SW99 rendition of the popular Walther P99 is a joint collaboration between Smith & Wesson and Walther. The modified receiver used in the SW99 is supplied by Walther and is manufactured in Germany. Smith & Wesson manufactures the slide and barrel of the SW99 in the United States. Though there are slight variations in aesthetic design, the function of the SW99 is identical to its German-made counterpart.[2]


The Smith & Wesson SW99 is a modern, polymer frame pistol that is nearly identical to the Walther P99. The SW99 features an internal striker, as opposed to the classical external hammer. It is chambered in 9mm Para, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The pistol lacks a manual safety; instead a de-cocking button is placed on the top rear section of the slide, which when actuated, places the firearm into double-action mode. This mechanism differs with each variation of the action, which will be explained below. The SW99 features several safety features including a loaded chamber indicator on the right side of the slide, a protruding, red-painted cocking indicator, and a drop safety. As with the P99, the cocking indicator does not protrude from the slide of the QA variant unless the weapon is fired, as it is in a constant partially cocked state.[3] The SW99 also features a fully supported chamber design, which leaves no portion of the chambered round exposed. Because of this there is less chance of injury to the shooter and/or destruction of the pistol, should the casing head rupture.[1]

The unique and ergonomic grip of this pistol was designed by the renowned Swiss match pistol grip designer, Cesare Morini. Much like the P99, the pistol comes with three varying rear grip inserts designed to accommodate various hand shapes and sizes; this feature permits most shooters a comfortable and efficient grip on the firearm. Design differences between the P99 and SW99 are most notable on the frame of the pistol; the grip and trigger guard both have a slightly different shape. The slide is somewhat different as well, offering serrations in both the front and rear of the slide, while the P99 only has them on the rear. The most prominent distinction between the two firearms is that the SW99 is available in .45 ACP, while the P99 is not.[1]



This version of the pistol has a double/single action; it shares the same "Anti-Stress" trigger action as the P99 AS.[3]

SW990 & SW990L[edit]

The SW990 variant does not incorporate a de-cocking button as the other models do. The firearm is in a constant double-action mode, and the trigger will reset as such with each cycle. This firearm can be compared to the P99 DAO/P990.[3]

SW99 QA[edit]

The QA features a shorter and lighter trigger pull. The action can be compared to those of Glock pistols. Unlike the standard SW99, the de-cocking button need only be actuated before take-down, as doing so renders the firearm inoperable.[3]


The compact version of the SW99.


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