Tanfoglio "Force 99" with optional slide shown below with slide mounted safety/decocker
Tanfoglio "Force 99 Carry" – compact version of the Force 99
Type: Double Action
Chamber: 9x19mm Luger/Para, 9x21mm IMI, .40SW, .38Super, 10mm auto and .45ACP in "Force" models; 9mm and .40SW in "Force 99" models
Weight unloaded: 850 – 880 gramms, depending on caliber
Length: 205 mm
Barrel length: 115 mm
Capacity: 17 (.38super), 16 (9mm), 12 (.40sw), 11 (10mm) or 10 (.45acp) rounds
Tanfoglio pistols are manufactured by Fratelli Tanfoglio SpA. company, Italy. Basically, Force and Force 99 models are polymer frame versions of the Tanfoglio T95 Combat models, that, in turn, are clones of the famous CZ-75 design. The Force model was introduced in 1997, while the Force 99 model appeared two years later, in 1999.
Tanfoglio Force and Force 99 pistols are similar in design except for the new, redesigned frame of the Force 99. Both pistols are blowback operated, locked breech semi-auto pistols, that use browning hi-power style linkless system. Both models feature DA triggers with frame mounted ambidextrous safety that allows "cocked and locked" carry mode, as well as internal firing pin block safety. New slide with slide-mounted safety/decocker lever (similar to T95 Standart) is available for Force 99 as a factory option. Both have fixed sights with three dots for increased viosibility.
The Tanfoglio company also developed compact versions of the both Force and Force 99 pistols, that featured shortened to the 92 mm barrels and shorter grips.
Tanfoglio polymer framed Force pistols are popular defensive and sporting firearms across the Europe. They also are imported into USA by EAA Corp. under the name "Witness Polymer" (Force) and "Witness Polymer P" (Force 99).