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First Look: Walther CCP

by G&A Online Editors   |  May 2nd, 2014 54

Walther Arms is combining the styling and ergonomics we’ve become familiar with in their PP-series of pistols into a smaller, lighter package.

The new polymer frame Walther Concealed Carry Pistol (CCP) operates from a single-action, “Soft-Coil” gas-delayed blowback system. The pistol uses a small port in the barrel to harness gas from an ignited cartridge into a piston which delays the rearward motion of the slide—intended to reduce felt recoil and barrel rise.

The Walther CCP weighs 1.39-pounds (empty), has a 3.54-inch barrel and feeds from an 8-round, single-stack 9mm magazine.

Safety features include a manual thumb safety, internal firing pin block and a loaded chamber indicator.

Available with a black Cerakote or stainless steel slide, the Walter CCP comes to market for $469 to $489; depending on configuration.

Stay tuned for a full review in an upcoming issue of Guns & Ammo.

Operation: Gas Delayed Blowback
Caliber: 9mm
Finish Color: Black  or Stainless Steel
Barrel Length: 3.54″
Trigger Pull: SA 5.5 lbs
Trigger Travel: 0.27″
Capacity: 8 rounds
Overall Length: 6.41″
Height: 5.12″
Width: 1.18″
Weight (empty): 1.39 lbs

  • davidm

    Walther’s website does not indicate whether or not the safety is ambidexterous

    They also don’t have any pictures of the entire pistol. I’d like to see the right side of the pistol so I can see what’s going on over there.

    How do you break it down in order to clean it ?

    • Croi Dhubh

      Why would you want a safety on your carry pistol..?

      • Richard

        Because I feel uncomfortable carrying my Colt with the hammer back and no safety??

      • Phil

        Well, I guess put me down as being unacceptable to Croi Dhubh in the gun community because I want a carry gun with a safety. I’m sure I’m going to have a hard time sleeping tonight.

    • BJC

      In the video above they show how it breaks down or field strips for cleaning and you have to have a special tool to do this, that is a deal breaker for me. You should not have to have a special tool for break down. If you misplace the tool your screwed until you can get a new one, no thanks.

      • JRH

        I was thinking the same thing..

      • J

        Just keep the tool with your cleaning kit. But it would be better to not need it

        • BJC

          This would mean that every time you take the gun out to shoot you have to take your cleaning kit with you cause while at the range you might have to field strip the gun for maintenance like a squib round or something.

  • Dirty Devan

    It a brilliant gun. I don’t whether 007 will use it or have replace his classic PPK. Like the PK380 & PPS it seem great looking gun.

  • Croi Dhubh

    Hopefully their quality control has greatly improved and we won’t be seeing their common, “Oops, send it in for a recall!” for the first year come back around.

    Why they are even offering a safety on a concealed carry pistol is beyond me…guess you have to let frightened people who want to carry feel safer about not being able to shoot the bad guy.

    • frank907

      ummmm, to prevent accidental discharges?

      • DeltaZulu

        Yeah, all these “I hate safety” comments must REALLY irritate the 1911 crowd. The statement about not being able to remember to click the safe off under a stress situation is laughable! If you actually practice with your weapon, you will not remember clicking the safe off, as there is this thing called “muscle memory”, that will have you doing it automatically. Sort of like breathing – you just do it. But, hell, carry whatever you want, and I will carry what I want.

        • frank907

          Good post and exactly correct.

        • Richard

          Its important you practice and just as important you practice the same movement when firing any “non safety” guns. As an ex-Officer I still have a few Glocks but when I practice drawing with those I still “pretend” to take the safety off since my usual carry gun is now Colt Pocketlite. Either do the same or only shoot and practice with 1911 types as otherwise even though we all tell ourselves it won’t happen, when and if you have to use it you will be surprised at all the mistakes your body and mind can make. Honestly, despite the practice I’d be more comfortable with a Glock type pistol instead of the Colt as it eliminates one more “error” possibility if only there was a Glock as easy to conceal & carry (weight and size) and that would shoot like a Colt.

          • kentsnpsht

            I started shooting on a Naval reserve pistol team in 1958 firing a High standard Dura-Matic. I had a relationship with a few revolvers, mostly Rugers, and then I got interested in “combat” shooting. The more I researched the subject of tactical shooting I realized that my Browning High Power or my Walther P-38 weren’t up to the task. At the time the shooters choice was the 1911. So that’s what I bought. Most in .45 ACP,
            but, one that I never got a chance to really appreciate was my .38 Super. It was stolen.
            Lately I’ve been shooting .40 S&W. That’s enough info. The NSA is listening.

  • SCfromNY

    Was grabbing my debit card until I saw that it had a safety. I am sure there are many comfortable with a safety. I am not. To each his own

    • JD McCay

      Just because you HAVE a safety, doesn’t mean you have to have it on…

  • Joe

    That’s way too heavy. Leave out the piston and build a small single stack for less than the $700 of a PPS… If they could make a PPS-like gun for $350-400 they’d do well. But no one wants to carry a brick around (well some do).

    • SonsOfLiberty

      Dude, the PPS weighs 1.3 lbs.

    • racindude

      22 ounces

      • beendatdude

        actually, 20.8 ounces. you stated 22.5 earlier. your exaggeration is off by almost 2 ounces

        • TomK

          been – Actually 22.24 oz. It is 1.39 lbs. (.39×16 = 6.24 oz.) 16 oz + 6.24 + 22.24 oz

  • Luke

    Guys, this isn’t a striker-fired gun–hence the safety. It needs one.

    Would I carry it? Not at that weight, and I don’t prefer manual safeties on my carry guns. They should have cut the weight, kept the “soft-coil” idea, and made it striker-fired. THAT would have a following.

    • Eric

      I believe this is a striker-fired gun. It is confusing, though…Walther doesn’t state “striker-fired” in the description, but they do mention “striker safety” when mentioning the external safety lever. I see no hammer, as is clearly visible on it’s sibling, the PK 380.

      • justinhohn

        The back view of the gun makes it look like it has a really thin hammer. Or something similar!

    • Jonathan

      Even if it wasn’t striker fired, it still wouldn’t need one. Look at all the DA/SA Sig Sauers. No safeties. The only weapon that needs a safety is one like a 1911, where to carry it with a round in a chambered the hammer has to be cocked. Anything DAO, striker fired, or with a decocker does NOT need a safety.

  • racindude

    it only weigh 22.25 ounces

  • Truth Lord

    Slide safeties such as this one can be disengaged while the handgun is on its way from your hip to an aiming position flawlessly especially if you actually practice such a scenario. I love hearing you fools talk about this type of safety as if it is some kind of barrier from being able to use the weapon effectively at a moments notice.

    • SCfromNY

      Everyone loves being called a fool by someone in a comments section. As someone who has shot in many USPA and IDPA competitions ( I am not a Grand Master as I am sure you are ) I have seen many highly trained shooters under the stress of a match ( less than a self defense situation) forget to flip the safety. Just strap on your Gun, BUG, 4 extra mags, 2 tactical knives, vest, flashlight, and concealed carry badge so you can show all us fools how great you are. In case you missed the line, “to each his own” have your mommy explain it to you.

  • Clint Eastwadd

    Can’t you just carry the gun with the safety off? My car has child proof locks on the doors, doesn’t mean I use them.

  • dragonheart

    From a quick look it appears to be a gun for right handed shooters only since the safety is on the left. For ease of concealment, at 1.18″ wide,it’s as wide as a 1911 45 ACP, not thin like my Walther PPS, which is 0.9″ thick. My PPS is striker fired and does not have a safety to disengage and this safety does not appear that it will be a quick release like the 1911 style Sig P-938, And finally, a tool is necessary for take down, giant step backwards! i won’t be rushing out to buy one.

    • frank907

      Actually, the pps has a safety. It is built into the trigger system ala glock

      • BJC

        He is referring to a manual safety in this case.

  • Zach Freeman

    I watched the video, I saw no safety on either side of the slide. It is striker fired, the guy in the video says so, also they show the back of the gun, no hammer. If you watch the video you can see the guy disassemble the thing.

    • BJC

      In the video you can see a thumb lever on the left side to the rear of the slide lock and it is stated in the article that it has a manual thumb safety. It is not ambidextrous (only on the left side) so for lefties this gun would not be ideal.

  • Brother Gunner

    Hey wait a minute. My Heckler & Koch P7M8 has a fixed piston on it’s slide. Is this a Walther version? Just a few years late?

  • Kyllein MacKellerann

    Hmm. 9mm is nice. Out of what is effectively a 2.5 inch barrel….Hmmm. There have been numerous gas retarded blowback pistols offered and not a one of them has lasted. I’ll check it out in a year or so, not now.

    • fred

      Yeah HK only made the P7 for some 28 years. Flash in the pan…

      • Kyllein MacKellerann

        Admitted, and I own a P7M8. Nice pistol unless I fire it too fast and then it gets rather hot. I just didn’t connect my P7 with the Walther, to be honest. I wonder if the Walther will heat up like my P7 does after a long string of shots?

  • jbourneidentity

    I read these comments down to the bottom and reached a couple of conclusions. First, most of the people commenting here are total dicks, and if you were on the range with me, you would be escorted off the property either voluntarily or involuntarily. Second, the firearms community seems to be full of flip-flop wearing X-Box playing momma’s boys who anonymously talk crap in comments sections while sounding like bunch of immature ass clowns. Why must we eat our own? All you boys are doing is providing fodder for those who want to take away your guns. Frankly, after reading some of these comments, they may have valid argument. Many of you here need to grow up.

  • Walt

    I believe the best safety is a clear head, and finger off the trigger until the weapon needs to be fired. Certainly those of us who do not prefer side safeties are not fools, rather we just have a different perspective on the issue. We can argue the merits of both perspectives and still never come to a consensus. My preference is no safety, keep it simple when your heart is pumping peanut butter. I remember when Smith and Wesson came out with magazine disconnects so a person could drop the magazine rendering the firearm inoperable. This was done so a police officer who had a gun grab had a chance to render the gun inoperable in the hands of the perp. Such thinking comes from a man behind a desk, who probably has never been in a fight for his life with someone bent on murdering him. Hollywood vs reality.

  • Charles Newman

    That take-down tool ruined it for me.

  • Flyingchipmunk

    My coworkers at the gun shop I work at and I shot one of the early models. It shot okay but for both me and the gunsmith it jammed in the several rounds we put through it. Felt like a good beginner gun but I wouldn’t trust it with the malfunctions I experienced

  • Paul R

    Best CCP will be a nice 357Mag revolver … thank you very much.

  • Drzzit

    For You worried it has a manual safety, JUST DON’T ENGAGE IT!! No where does it say if it has one, You have to use it. Just keep Your finger off the trigger and all will be well. And as for a special tool to take it down, it’s just a device to push in rear catch to release the slide. I’m sure anything small enough to push it in will work.

  • Al Fig

    i believe walther striker fired guns have striker FULL cocked when a round is chambered. unlike glock where the striker is only PARTIALLY cocked and the remaining cocking is done as you pull the trigger. point being the ccp, like its big brother the ppq has a lighter shorter distance trigger…its more ‘ready’ to go off…maybe that is one reason they put an external safety on the ccp…though the ppq doesnt have one.

  • gym

    The weight is too close to the PPQ, for the lack of rounds. It is neither here or here. If you can hide the CCP you can hide the PPQ. I don’t see the need.

  • CaptEric

    Apparently the majority of the “experts” on here have never encountered an assailant in real life. When in a rough and tumble fight, he grabs for your gun, a manual safety is the only thing that has a chance of preventing him from using your weapon on you or others for the first 3-5 seconds. Just enough time to take it away or use other means of subduing him. Weapons like a Glock fire instantly, no matter who is squeezing the trigger. I have been there and I will insist on using my manual safety thank you.

  • Eddie_Baby

    Same width, same height as a glock 19 with half the ammo. I’m in.

  • JP

    I have been watching for this gun after seeing it at the NRA convention but still its a no show at the dealers hope they release it soon.

  • PartisanHacksHateFacts

    Here..lets fix this all right now

    Keep the size
    Ditch the Tool Take Down
    Keep the Soft-coil
    Ditch the safety
    Keep it in .380 (Not 9)
    Ditch the PK380 (fake walther) from the line up

  • Gmacfrom Milwaukee

    The “safety” is pretty much a standard requirement if you’re law enforcement and want to use this as your concealed carry/ off duty weapon. This one of the main reason that so many agencies have jumped onto the S&W MP series. For your own carry, just make a decision to either carry with the safety on or off. What ever you’re comfortable with consistant with your training. Me, I like to Walther PPS .40. very conortable for off duty.

    • garfy2008

      That’s “funny” (strange) because NYPD approved the Kahr K9 a while back for their officers to carry while off-duty. The Kahr doesn’t have an external safety either; it’s similar to the Glocks being a DAO gun. The trigger pull completes the full cocking of the striker before it releases.

  • Rob

    I’m not crazy about the idea of needing a specialized tool just to field strip the gun. What happens if you lose that little doodad?

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