The pistol is sent in a black, cardboard box, that is marked with the producer logo and some Taiwanese text (which I have literally no clue what it says). If there weren’t the sticker with product code and name of the importer, I wouldn’t really know what is inside the box. Talking about the inside of the box, there are:
- WE99 replica with the gas magazine inside
- two additional rubber back straps in different sizes
- ziploc bag with two Allen keys
- the explosive diagram of the replica with the part list and producer codes
The first impression of the WE99 is pretty good. It replicates the original Walther P99 (older version) properly. The pistol has a nice weight balance and seems to be sturdy. If you shake the gun, there is some wobbling that can be heard, which is caused by the outer barrel. Who has ever used the 1911 pistol from Army will know the exact feeling.
The WE99 frame is made of black matte polymer. There are some marking of the producer and the classic “MADE IN TAIWAN” and “READY SAFETY MANUAL”, the second one is also placed in the German language, which seems to be a reference to the original gun, that is made by the German manufacturer.
The slide is made of the metal and covered in graphite color paint. The coating seems to be solid – I couldn’t scratch it during my tests. The slide has a built-in extractor, which stands out with its deep black color. On the right side of the slide, there is the serial number of the pistol.
The magazine is made of metal. Its plastic bottom plate is a little loose. The magazine has an imitation of the holes in a magazine where you can check the number of the bullets inside. There is also the “9 mm ” caliber marking engraved. The magazine has the capacity of 22 bbs.
The pistol has 3-dot type sights (which are my favorite!). They are made of very soft metal – some dents and scratch marks can be spotted on them. The sights are easy and intuitive in use. The rear sight can be additionally adjusted to the left or right.
The replica has a built-in cocking indicator – just like the real firearm. The red pin outside the slide means that the hammer is cocked and ready to fire. However, sometimes it doesn’t lock on the back position – especially when the gun is racked with the barrel pointed at the ground.
The WE99, like the real firearm, has the DA (Double Action) trigger. It means that it is possible to shoot both in the Single Action mode (the trigger pull releases the hammer) and the Double Action mode (the trigger pulls the hammer and releases it).
The SA trigger works pretty smoothly and is very light, but the trigger pull is really long. However, the reset is quite short and the cowboy style shooting is still possible.
This is, unfortunately, the worst functioning part of the gun. Until the magazine is not loaded with gas, or is not present in the replica, everything works “fine, but in reverse”. After pressing the decocker, something falls, but it’s not the valve knocker. The valve knocker is released… after pulling the trigger to the half of its road and releasing it. In the real P99, pulling the trigger to the half of its road in the SA mode, disables the Anti-Stress system. I have literally no clue what were the intentions of the Wei-Tech.
I’ve shot the pistol indoors with the temperature of about 15°C. On the one loading of the magazine with the gas, it managed to shoot 29 times.
The accuracy was tested in about 10 meters, in standing posture with the Nuprol 0,28 bbs. The longest distance between the holes was 5 centimeters.
The WE99 is undoubtedly a very interesting replica, that stands out from all the Glocks, 1911s and M9s. The performance is similar to the most of the medium-class gas pistols – it’s not incredible, but simply does its job. The only drawback is the complete lack of repair parts like the nozzle.
If you are looking for more information on gas-powered pistol replicas check one of my previous post.