Walther CP99 Limited Edition: Part 3
by B.B. Pelletier
Today, I'll finish the CP99 Limited Edition report. Boy, has this ever been a learning experience! I'll cover accuracy, the laser and an experiment with the compensator.
I shot at 25 feet from a rest. Instead of shooting just five, I shot all eight to empty the clip. All shots were single-action for best accuracy. The same three pellets used yesterday for velocity testing were also used for range testing. Right off the bat, the Beeman Lasers proved themselves to be not right for this pistol. They were all over the place, and 8 shots delivered a 2" group.
Hobbys were better
RWS Hobbys proved to be much better, grouping in about 1-1/8". I would have done more with them had the next pellet not turned out so well.
Crosman Competition Wadcutters were best
Crosman Competition Wadcutters are good for this pistol! The best groups were well under one inch - for 8 shots, not 5! The first group was shot with open sights and was good and tight. I did throw one called flyer to the right of the group, but the rest were good and tight. The hold was 6 o'clock and the pellets hit at 7, which means the pistol is sighted to hit the point of aim. It's hitting to the left of aim but at the correct height. Good thing, too, because the sights are not adjustable for elevation and only by drifting the rear sight can you get any windage.
With the compensator
When the comp is on the gun, the sights are useless. I thought about installing a dot sight, but to put on a Walther dot I happened to have meant removing the rear sight. It is held in its slot by friction and, because this is a borrowed gun, I didn't want to possibly mark it up knocking out the sight. So, I noticed where the laser was sighted, which turned out to be very close to the sights. With the comp installed, the laser beam was placed in the center of the bull for the two targets you see.
Shot at 25 feet from a rested gun. Target on the right is with open sights and the one flyer was called. Target in the center was with the compensator installed and using the laser. Target on the left is with the comp taped up. Coin at top is one Euro; at bottom is a quarter.
Shooting with the laser was even easier than shooting with open sights! The trigger had a nasty creep that began to work itself in as the shooting continued. Without that creep, these groups would have been smaller. It feels like it will go after more of a break-in, but it's too soon to tell for sure.
Gotta tell you, the laser proved to be a lifesaver. With the open sights blinded by the compensator and no dot sight available, it was the only sighting reference I had. You can see by the targets that it works. The one flaw is that this laser cannot be adjusted in any direction, so the shooter has to use Kentucky windage to hit the target. Mine was shooting 1/2" high and 2.5" to the left at 25 feet.
When the laser is on, the shooter has two status lights shining back at him. They are at the bottom front of the triggerguard, and the laser light is on the fabric.
The final test was to tape up the holes in the compensator and listen to the report. A reader said it would be quieter. I used duct tape, but black electrician's tape would have looked better. The first shot startled me - by how much the noise was reduced. I don't own an audiometer, but it sounded like 2/3 of the noise was gone. If you own this gun, this is something to try.
It's not pretty, but it does work. Taping up the compensator this way lets you shoot this gun in a small apartment.
Accuracy with the compensator?
I can't say accuracy increased with the comp installed, but it certainly doesn't get worse, either. As you may notice, I tried it with the comp taped up, too. No difference as far as I can see.
The Walther CP99 Limited Edition certainly has a lot going for it. Good looks, accuracy, great accessories and a wonderfully ergonomic air pistol for the action shooter. With Father's Day approaching, isn't it nice to have some present options to hand out?