For some reason my site gets a lot of traffic for the Walther P99. Bummin’ around the internet I stumbled across something interesting. A polish company – FB Radom – manufactures the P99 under license from Walther. Radom also makes what they call a Rad variant if the pistol.
The Rad differs from the regular P99 because it has more aggressive cocking serrations, extended ambidextrous magazine release, a redesigned ambidextrous slide release, an improved, textured grip surface, a 1913 style rail and a Glockesque trigger safety.
Why Walther hasn’t adopted these improvements is beyond me. It seems that the P99 never really caught on here in the US, but that could be simply because it wasn’t the first wildly successful plastic pistol (like Glock) nor did it have a TON of money dumped into its marketing (ala Springfield’s XD).
Still people seem to enjoy their P99’s. My uncle absolutely loves his.