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Not an exciting topic I know, but bear with me. During the last range session, about halfway throught my first box of ammo, I pick up my empty mag from the bench, and, without even looking, proceeded to feed rounds in. But the feel is not right, so I look in my hands and see that the floorplate had broken off, leaving a small remainder behind, just barely holding in the spring. Brought it in to my dealer the next day, who told me I was the third person he's seen with that problem, and that it's probably a defect.

Nows here's the question I asked him, which I in turn ask you. Do they still manufacture mags with metal floorplates? And where would I find them? The firearm in question is a P99 in .40. The impression I got from him is that the majority of manufacturers (Sig, walther, berreta, ect.) are opting to go plastic as of late (to save a few cents I guess). It's a minor thing I know but you would think at $30+ apiece the thing wouldn't fall apart in your hands.

And that's my rant/query...
 

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Sorry to hear about your floor plate woes. How has the P99 been working out for you, otherwise?

Peace,
Hans
 

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Plastic weighs less whihc makes a difference fro cops who carry two or more mags all day long, in addition to being cheaper.
I don't think I'd feel good about plastic mags.

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Hrmm....yeah that kind of does suck. Maybe Triple K, Mecgar, or Promag would have metal bottom ones. If you had a P99 in 9mm I would tell you to look for some P88 mags. They fit and have a metal bottom
 

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Yeah, I fished out the unit and it is a Mecgar after all, both High Bridge and their distributor are out of the model in question. So now I sit on my hands for a week while the reorders happen or git on down to City Arms in Pacifica...

All bitching aside, the P99 is an awesome lil' piece of work, went in the store thinking I was getting a sigma, (thankfully) changed my mind on that purchase once I wrapped my hands around the Walther's grip. The ergonomics are super cush, the first time out with it, I put 400 rounds through the thing (not a single hiccup btw) over the course of an hour w/o wearing a rasperry into my hand. shoots better than I can, that's fsho. The only issue so far is the mag issue, but that's just a peripheral issue, albeit an annoying one.
 

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I keep telling people to give teh P99 a chance. The guy who designed it worked for Steyr and Glock....he saw the holes in teh designs and I feel that he fixed them.

Is yours an AS(anti stress), QA(quick action), or a DAO trigger model? I love the AS the best.
 

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get yourself a carpet sample to put down in front of your feet at the range, then when you drop mags in a reload they won't break as easily. You should be able to score an unlimited amount of carpet samples at your local carpet store, they throw them out when they get new carpets in.
 

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ahh yes carpet, i was slamming a mag home while doing a reload yesterday, and had the floorplate come off. Dumped 8 .40cal rounds and to add insult the spring cut my hand pretty good too. I just fired the round in the chamber and reloaded again. Couldn't find the fucking follower though. (this was on my G27)
 

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carpet is a damn good idea for softening up the bench for teh pick up/double tap/put down drills, so thanks, though I dont just drop the mags out. thats what suprised me, Im not that rough w/ my equipment.

don't get me wrong though, I love this gun, just my first semi auto and I didnt anticipate getting a p99so im just figuring out the particulars here. the walther is an AS, I saw the QA under the glass there as well, heard the quick action model is the same as the glock safe action, and for some reason I am prejudiced against DAO pistols, so really there was no other option.

thx

- o and btw, i initally had made up my mind to get an imi sp-21 but it's banned in cali until someone in sacremento drops one off a table and writes down in their lab notes that it didn't go off... effing idiots :roll:
 

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The IMI Sp21 has to be the ugliest auto handgun made today.
 

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The P99 rocks!! I had the same issues with the baseplate and 3 others that the dealer gave me as replacement mags. I finally called Walther and they sent me replacements that has stayed together so far. I also found that the S&W mags works too.
 

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Adler said:
The IMI Sp21 has to be the ugliest auto handgun made today.
It's true but I like it's fuglyness, the cz-83 is pretty ugly too and I want one. Maybe I have an ugly gun complex... :shock:
 

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I have had 2 ugly guns a CZ27 and my Hungarian Frommer ww1 pistol.

The SP 21 isnt sellign well (350 roughly) and I imagine it wont last long on the market. I mean against the Baby Eagle it going to lose out on the line up. I personally dont like Magnum Research/IMI guns at all.
 
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