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Old February 15, 2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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P99AS vs MR9

I have been looking for a Walther P99AS for around $500 - $550 to no avail. Internet stores that do have them are listed over $600. Box stores even more. That is stretching my budget.

I have noted that the Magnum Research MR9 (which sells for less) is a clone of the P99AS. I am wondering about the likes or differences between the two, good or bad. If the reports are good on the MR9 I might just as likely get one. Any information is appreciated.

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Old February 15, 2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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There aren't that many reviews of them out there, so I'm guessing not too many people are buying them.

Walther makes the frame, and Magnum Research makes the slide and barrel out of stainless steel I believe, while the P99 uses carbon steel for these parts. Mags for the SW99, P99, and PPQ should all work with this pistol. It looks like it uses a universal rail with three notches while the current P99 uses the S&W rail with one notch. The mag release is the short version on the MR9, which means they copied the first generation P99 mag release instead of going with the current generation's longer mag release levers.

The good news is that the pistol it copied is one I would consider a good pistol. I think I would rather get the real P99 though, as it is covered by S&W CS (I've heard nothing, good or bad, about MR CS), and Walther has stated that they have no plans at the moment to discontinue it, while the MR9 doesn't seem to be selling or getting much attention for the time it has been out on the market.
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