The SW99 (Smith and Wesson) is a polymer-framed, recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistol introduced in 1999 by the American companies Smith & Wesson and Walther as a joint collaboration. It uses a modified receiver that is produced by Walther, while Smith & Wesson manufactures the slide and barrel.
The Smith & Wesson SW99 is a modern, semi-automatic pistol based on the Walther P99. Though there are slight variations in aesthetic design, the function of the SW99 is identical to its German-made counterpart.It is chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP The SW99 features:
- An internal striker, as opposed to the classical external hammer
- 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.
- A fully supported chamber design, which leaves no portion of the chambered round exposed.
- A unique and ergonomic grip.
The Smith & Wesson SW99 comes in the following calibers:
- SW99 - Double/Single Action.
- SW990 - Double Action, does not feature a de-cocking button.
- SW990L - Double Action, does not feature a de-cocking button.
- SW99 QA - Shorter and lighter trigger pull.
- SW99C - Compact version of the SW99.