How do I know if my P99's striker is cocked?

The rear of the striker, colored red, will protrude from the rear of the slide. It can be both seen and felt. Here's a comparison view of a standard P99 (aka, "AS," Anti Stress, or SA/DA version):

Note that for the P990 (now called the P99 DAO) and P99 QA, the striker never fully protrudes, except when the pistol is about to fire. This is because the striker of the DAO version is never fully cocked when the trigger is unsqueezed, and the QA version is only partially cocked when in the same state.

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