Walther CP99 Compact – Blowback Action Semi-Auto Part 1

Walther CP99 Compact  – Blowback Action Semi-Auto Part 1

Walther’s Concealed Carry P99 model on Air

By Dennis Adler 

The Umarex Walther CP99 models are blowback action versions of the 9mm and .40 S&W Walther P99 Compact and come in all black or bi-tone finishes. Authentic in all the essential details, the .177 caliber air pistols have a dustcover accessory rail suitable for compact lights and lasers. (Shown with a LaserMax Spartan green laser)
The Umarex Walther CP99 models are blowback action versions of the 9mm and .40 S&W Walther P99 Compact and come in all black or bi-tone finishes. Authentic in all the essential details, the .177 caliber air pistols have a dustcover accessory rail suitable for compact lights and lasers. (Shown with a LaserMax Spartan green laser)

When Carl Walter GmbH introduced the .177 caliber CP99 air pistol some 15 years ago, it was a bold new design that helped launch the current generation of air pistols based on real, cartridge-firing semi-autos. Today, that same model is still among the most popular of all Umarex Walther CO2 models, but the original CP99 lacked one essential feature that really sells semi-auto air pistols today, a blowback action. read more

CP99

Walther CP99 

The original skill set trainer 16 years later

By Dennis Adler

Still one of the best 9mm semi-autos in the world, the Walther P99 (left) was introduced to the U.S. market in 1995 and purchased by a number of U.S. law enforcement agencies. Five years later Walther introduced the CO2 version, CP99. It was used as a training gun for German police. After 16 years the CP99 remains one of the most popular of all Walther pellet guns.
Still one of the best 9mm semi-autos in the world, the Walther P99 (left) was introduced to the U.S. market in 1995 and purchased by a number of U.S. law enforcement agencies. Five years later Walther introduced the CP99 CO2 version. It was used as a training gun for German police. After 16 years the CP99 remains one of the most popular of all Walther pellet guns.

Back in 2000 Umarex unveiled an innovative air pistol design, the Walther CP99 pellet gun. There was nothing new about pellet guns, or Walther airguns, but this airgun had a mission, it was as physically close in detail and basic handling as the 9mm Walther P99 being used by German police departments, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. (or the Smith & Wesson built version, the S&W 99 manufactured from 2000 to 2004). read more

Umarex Walther P.38

Umarex Walther P.38

Recreating one of the most influential semi-auto handgun designs of the 20th Century

By Dennis Adler 

As authentic as possible, the Umarex Walther P.38 is a near visual match for the real vintage pre-WWII model at top right!
As authentic as possible, the Umarex Walther P.38 is a near visual match for the real vintage pre-WWII model at top left! (WWII P.38 holsters courtesy World War Supply)

I have to admit a certain prejudice for this Umarex model because I collect Walther P.38 pistols, and when I first saw this .177 caliber version a few years ago it immediately went to the top of my must have list. If you have any interest in legendary German handgun designs or the evolution of handguns in the 20th Century, it should go to the top of your airgun list as well. Here’s why. read more

Concealed Carry Weapons Training with Airguns

CCWT Part 2 

Drawing Practice and Stepping Down to A Subcompact 

By Dennis Adler 

Concealed carry techniques all have the same requirement, a handgun and holster that can be comfortable worn out of sight but easy to access if needed.
Concealed carry techniques all have the same requirement; a handgun and holster combination that can be comfortably worn out of sight but remain easy to access if needed.

I have had a concealed carry weapons permit for over 20 years and the majority of handguns I have carried have been compact and subcompact semi-autos or revolvers, and almost all carried in a belt holster worn at the 4 o’clock position. The vast majority of CCW permit holders go with a smaller compact or subcompact handgun and one of the smallest 9mm models available, and most definitely one of the narrowest at 1-inch, is the Walther PPS and new PPS M2. The matching Walther PPS blowback action airgun is one of the most technically accurate of all the Walther air pistols and ideal for this discussion on training with airguns. But first let’s look at concealed carry drawing practice. read more

Concealed Carry Weapons Training with Airguns

CCWT Part 1

Concealed Carry Weapons Training with Airguns

By Dennis Adler 

Using blowback action semi-auto airguns like the Sig Sauer P226 X-Five and Walther PPS combined with holsters for the cartridge-firing models can be a training asset.
Using blowback action semi-auto airguns like the Sig Sauer P226 X-Five and Walther PPS combined with holsters for the cartridge-firing models can be a training asset. 

Happiness is never having to say, “I hate carrying this gun!” When it comes to finding the handgun and holster that works best for you, and I mean “you” the person reading this, no matter what you have read, no matter how good it sounds or looks, until you try it, live with it, and become comfortable and proficient with it, it’s only words. This is where training with airguns that duplicate the size, operating features, weight and handling of their cartridge-firing counterparts can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars and help make the final decision on what handgun to carry and how to carry it. read more