|Classification: Semi-Automatic Pistol|
|Year Introduced: 1996|
|Country of Origin: Germany|
|Created By: Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen|
|Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum|
The Walther P99 is a sidearm developed by Carl Walther, which has since been adapted for use globally by law enforcement and defense forces.
Walther was keen to replace the P5 and P88, and thus the P99 was born. A compact polymer pistol, the standard P99 is chambered for 9mm which can hold up to 20-rounds, though 15 is the most common. The P99 can also be chambered for 9x21mm IMI and .40 S&W.
The International Temporal Enforcement Agency adopted the P99 on the recommendation of Hui Lan, who favored the weapon as the agency's lethal sidearm. While the SIG P226 was seen as having more stopping power the P99 has a slightly larger capacity and is more compact. Both the P99 and P226 are used frequently, though the P226 is considered the field kit standard.