Gun Review: Walther CCP
Whenever I think of Walther firearms, I think of James Bond (it doesn’t matter if he’s Sean Connery, Roger Moore,...
Whenever I think of Walther firearms, I think of James Bond (it doesn’t matter if he’s Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or the new guy, Daniel Craig, because I find all of them to be plenty sexy versions of the iconic figure) using a PPK, P5 Compact, P99, and/or PPK/S. Those are Bond’s kind of guns. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bond drawing Walther’s latest offering for the concealed carry market, the CCP (for “Concealed Carry Pistol”). The CCP simply fits the Bond criteria: It’s cool, smooth, fast, and accurate.
One of my current carry guns is a Walther PPQM2. I chose this gun several years ago and I love it, so for me, the bar was set very high for this new Walther.
As I carried it and fired it at the range, I found that the CCP certainly exhibits curves and texturing on its grip similar to my PPQM2, which is good. The striker-fired, 8-round single stack chambered in 9mm Luger is a slimmer fit for my hand than my PPQM2. Like all Walthers I’ve shot, it doesn’t don’t jump, wiggle, or shimmy around in my strong hand. It also hugs my body a little more closely. It’s not a “compact” gun, though. It’s a medium-size pistol that conceals easily.
The polymer construction of the CCP’s frame, which supports either a Cerakote black or satin-finished stainless steel slide, is top-notch.
Walther applied its new SOFTCOIL technology to this pistol. A small port at the bottom of the rear of the barrel takes some of the gas pressure after each round is fired and diverts it into the gas cylinder below. This gas then acts on a piston, which moves to slow down the slide in recoil. Why is this important? It means the recoil spring doesn’t have to be as strong as one in a standard 9mm semi-auto pistol, so it takes less effort to rack back the slide, making it easier for people with smaller and/or weaker hands to operate the gun. It also means the gun has less recoil and muzzle flip, which helps you get back on target faster.
Another reason James Bond (or you) will like this gun is a thumb-button magazine release that can be switched from left to right, depending on your shooting preference. I bet Bond or someone with larger hands would get a few magazines with two-round extensions in order to deliver more rounds downrange and/or get a better grip on the gun. There is a manual thumb safety and a firing pin block to set, for safe carry purposes. Also, any spy would love its custom Picatinny accessory rail that’ll hold a flashlight or laser.
My only criticism is its trigger. It is scratchy and slightly bumpy on its long pull back. I’ve seen reviews saying it appeared to get better after a few hundred rounds. It does, but it’s still not up to the standards of, say, a PPQM2. I spoke with an engineer from Walther and he told me the company is aware of this complaint, and had designed the trigger pull specifically for the concealed-carry gun aspect. I reiterated to him that long is not the problem, and that scratchy and bumpy are not desirable in a trigger pull. When I asked about the problem in early November, a representative from Walther said the company was aware of the dislike of this model’s trigger, and had done some polishing on it, and was looking at other ways of improving the feel of the pull.
Would this trigger problem stop me from purchasing this gun? No. With fast shooting, it doesn’t even register to me, and it doesn’t appear to affect the accuracy of the gun.
I tested the Walther on the range with several types of target and personal-defense ammunition, at distances from 2 to 21 feet and from various shooting positions. I stood at the ready, I crouched behind a bench, and I pulled quickly from both a holster and a bag. I also shot up close and at the longest distance. For the longer shots, I appreciated its three-dot polymer white sights. You can adjust the rear sight for windage, and the sights lie low to prevent them from snagging on your clothing. My favorite qualities are twofold: It has little muzzle flip for up-close-and-very-personal shots, and it allows me to reacquire my target at a longer distance.
For point-and-shoot, its 3.54-inch barrel length beats a snub-nose any day.
Walther offers an opportunity to compare its guns online, in a “Choose My Walther” department. You can choose from categories such as Competition, Duty + Professional, Target + Plinking, Concealed Carry, and Home Defense. It even offers a chart that shows you how to measure your hand correctly for using a pistol.
Walther also makes it easy for you to find a holster for this gun at its Walther CCP accessories page.
Walther CCP Specifications
Finish color: Cerakote black, stainless steel slide available
Barrel length: 3.54 inches
Trigger pull: 5.5 pounds
Capacity: 8+1 rounds
Overall length: 6.41 inches
Height: 5.12 inches
Width: 1.18 inches
Weight (empty mag): 22.33 ounces
Website: Walther CCP