Range Report: Walther CCP

Walther CCP pistol right profile

Walther’s CCP has generated a lot of attention. Light, attractive, and with the Walther name, the pistol was designed to compete with the Glock 43 9mm and similar size handguns for personal defense. The Walther CCP is 6.4 inches long and only 1.18-inch wide. The pistol is a slim line 9mm with an 8-round magazine. The barrel is 3.5 inches long.

SoftCoil system on the Walther CCP pistol
The SoftCoil is a retarded blowback design. The gas cylinder keeps the slide locked in place until pressure abates and the bullet exits the barrel.

While Walther fans will like the pistol, those who miss the SIG P225—a legendary and out of production pistol—will also like the new Walther. The CCP 9mm pistol is well fitted and finished. The slide has a slight taper and the polymer frame is molded for excellent hand fit. The frame features a rail for mounting a combat light. The Insight combat light was a good fit; we also used an inexpensive NC3 and the superlative Viridian light during the evaluation.

The CCP features three dot outline sights. The pistol features a manual safety on the left hand side of the frame. Some folks prefer a manual safety, and the CCP safety may be used, or not, as you prefer. The CCP’s trigger action is good. The trigger action breaks clean at a smooth five pounds. The reset is also fast. This leads to excellent control in combat firing.

The Walther CCP 9mm pistol is a blowback action. The Walther borrows heavily from the Heckler and Koch P7M8 for its SoftCoil design. There is a vent in the barrel that shoots gas into a cylinder beneath the barrel. This piston acts to slow the slide’s action. This makes for lighter recoil.

The pistol was easy enough to shoot. Follow-up shots were rapid, and the pistol was comfortable to fire. Just as important to some shooters, the pistol is easy to load. The slide was among the easiest to rack that I have used. Coupled with the pistol’s forward cocking serrations, this is a handgun that no one should have any problem making ready.

Walther CCP 9mm Two Tone Left Angle Safety On
The CCP uses a gas-delayed blowback action that softens felt recoil.

The magazine release and slide lock were ergonomic and easily manipulated. The pistol was fired with a wide range of ammunition. The standouts for accuracy were the Fiocchi 124-grain EXTREMA hollow point, Hornady 124-grain XTP, and Winchester 115-grain Silvertip. The gas-operated action did not like 90-grain bullets. The 147-grain loads do not generate the necessary momentum for reliable function. This preference is in common with the Heckler and Koch P7M8 9mm handgun. Stick with the 115- to 124-grain loads, and you will have a reliable and accurate handgun.

At 15 yards, groups of 2 inches for five shots were the average when firing from a solid bench rest firing position. The pistol is light, reliable with the loads specified for its operation, and accurate enough. Walther quality and design is a plus, and the Soft Coil design allows easy shooting.

The pistol was fired extensively with 115- and 124-grain loads, with some loads exhibiting true gilt-edged accuracy. Felt recoil was generally light, even for a 9mm handgun. Overall, the Walther CCP offers Walther quality and while Walther fans will like the piece those on the fence in deciding which 9mm they will purchase may consider this handgun.

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Wilburn Roberts

When Wilburn Roberts was a young peace officer, he adopted his present pen name at the suggestion of his chief, as some of the brass was leery of what he might write. This was also adopted out of respect for families of both victims and criminals. The pen name is the same and the man remains an outspoken proponent of using enough gun for the job.

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Comments (25)

  1. This is my brand new CCP M2 + 380 that I just shot 100 rounds of bulk ammo through. One strange FTF for which I’m not blaming the gun. Very accurate at 7 yds with multiple bullseyes from each of 4 mags. Trigger is smooth and light like my Taurus TX22. Like that gun, take-up is not an issue and there were a few discharges as I was acquiring the bullseye but didn’t think I had squeezed. Obviously my problem but lets you know how light it is. I’m happy and the range said I can sell my warranty replacement Bersa TPR on their bulletin board and they would do paperwork for $75. Saw Hanauer on the tube and the guy who flew Hydros before they had F-16 canopies and was unlikely to get old, actually did so. This report was made by an old guy.

  2. Just got my .380 CCP M2 + and installed the supposed to be included low Glock front sight. I received the correct sight 2 days after I called Walther and we figured out that I had the + but that the little acc bag included sights for the prior ideation that don’t fit this slide with the Glock sights. A small Phillips screwdriver suffices to make the switch. NOT THE INCLUDED TORX TOOL MENTIONED IN THE MANUAL. There is no need to use the included drift pin. This gun is kind of hard to reassemble. I removed the recoil spring and practised fitting the barrel and the gas cylinder simultaneously before replacing the spring and getting it right. I wrote the manufacturer of the 9th bullet mag extension for the 9 and he said the 380 was on his projects list. I guess the way I learned to shoot is now called the 6 o’clock hold and I’d rather change the sights than learn new tricks. Susan had FTF problems with this gun when she bought it in 9 mm but she only got pissed off when I told her to bang the mag home. Walther actually took it back but I was sold. We’ll see.

  3. I want to love this gun. Its been months, and Ive tried every type of ammo as well as polishing load ramp – FAIL. Ive emailed Walther to see if they have recommendations. Hopefully Ill get a “send it in and we will send you one that just works”. Isn’t that the root at why you’d want a conceal carry pistol? For it to function!

  4. My Bride bought this pistol due to ease of racking slide and fit to the hand; have to admit, the ‘feel’ of this piece is excellent. Pistol shot very nicely, but the trigger pull is the WORSE of any striker fired pistol i have handled. After 1,000+ rounds that DID smooth up a bit, but still very long, gritty, with a soft release, but good reset. Read the instructions though – pistol will NOT function with anything but fully jacketed or well-plated bullets – exposed lead will ‘shave’ and plug the gas port in the barrel, leading to FTF, Stovepipes and other challenges. I shake my head over the extremely complexi take-down procedure and the need for the ‘tool’ (which can be overcome with dexterity and practice, but …. WHY?). Once the trigger smoothed, it was a pleasure to shoot, UNTIL the slide decided to go down range on its’ own one evening during a low-light scenario af the Range. Slide and spring recovered about 15 feet in front of the firing line, but the internals of the locking mechanism and the block itself were never found; no injury thankfully. Inspection of the slide revealed the firing pin was locked in the forward position and the firing pin spring ‘jammed’ in the pin channel. Returned immediately to Walther – they replaced the firing pin, spring, rear locking mechanism and slide plug and returned in a timely manner with no comment / feedbacki. Have to hand it to my wife, she DID pick it right up and took it back to the range and fired a hundred rounds through it – no issues. Personally, i feel the mechanism is too complex, too fragile, and i can’t get the vision of the barrel propelling downrange out of my mind. Maybe OK for range time, but no way would i want to depend upon this piece. The FIT is EXCELLENT, the recoil dampening very nice, but for the value i think there are better, more reliable choices out there. Read the Forum – there have been a few issues with this particular model.

  5. Bought the CCP for my wife who loved the fit and feel. Absolutely the WORSE trigger pull i’ve ever felt in a striker fired weapon; long, gritty, soft release, but quick reset. Dissassembly overly complicated with the type of action lock designed and built into the weapon; yes, use of the special ‘tool’ can be overcome and other ways of working the action developed, but i keep asking, “why?” Read the forums and also learned the hard way that anything other than jacketed or well-plated bullets will NOT work in the CCP – shaved-lead plugs the gas port in the barrel and causes FTF etc.. Once the trigger smoothed up (1000+ rounds) the piece IS a delight to shoot – grip fits amazingly well and slide is very easy to rack, both much appreciated by my Bride. However, one evening while doing low-light scenarios, she suffered to ‘action breakdown’ even with the slide flying off the pistol and proceeding about 20 feet down range; slide and spring were found, but the funky action ‘lock’ and slide retention piece (gizmo requiring the ‘special tool’) was nowhere to be found. Looking underneath the slide, the firing pin spring was ‘jammed’ locking the pin itself in the forward position, Immediately sent to Walther – they replaced the missing parts, promptly returned it, and the Bride put it back to use with no issues (proud of her for picking it back up and shooting it). Still one of the nicest shooting pieces in her Battery, but i still shake my head over the complicated take-down mechanism and the much advertised “slide flying down range” event – both have MUCH reduced my trust and favor of the piece, but the Wife likes the way it feels. I think there are better options out there.

  6. My wife’s CCP has been back to UMAREX 2 times and still does not function properly for her. It continues to LOCK up from the piston and cylinder coking up, no matter what ammo we use. The repair people have even test fired it with Winch ammo and it performed just fine for them. My wife got it back and she got 4 mags through it then it started locking again, we used the exact same ammo as they did.The weapon is great when she can get it to operate but it IS NOT dependable so it’s in the bottom of the safe now. She now has a new GEN 4 Glock 19 that operates every time she pulls the trigger.

    1. Tell her to insist. I had the same experience. After two returns, the thing still gave me something like a 25% failure rate at the range, all kinds of things like FTF, FTE, stovepipes, failure to cock the striker, etc. I wrote & suggested they give me a new gun, and they answered immediately asking that I return it a 3rd time, which I did. Three days later they sent me a video from their range where they opened my package, loaded 4 mags and quickly fired them, no problems. So I answered saying (truthfully) that I had fired 5 mags without a hitch at the range, but with the 6th, the problems started again. The very next day they decided to simply replace my defective gun with a new one that I now have. (I haven’t had time to take it to the range yet, but the trigger seems extremely smooth compared to the original and the serial number is about 2k above the 1st gun.

    2. It was another CCP. As I indicated, it has a high serial number and at least SEEMS tighter & the trigger is noticeably less gritty. In fact, it would be unfair to say there is any grittiness at all with this new CCP right out of the box. Good luck.

  7. One correction, and this from Walther themselves: neither this nor any other pistol bearing the Walther name is manufactured by Umarex. Umarex bought Walther and is its parent company now, but ALL firearms are made by Walther.

  8. Not sure if I mentioned this but the new gun Walther issued me has a very smooth trigger out of the box, much more so than the first CCP I had; no grit in the trigger at all. Also, the slide action is smoother.

  9. i think the CCP is a waste of money. For that you might was well buy the Walther PPS (preferably the Mod 2). Its a lil smaller but the ergo grip swells at the handle for a better feel grip. I can feel strip it in 4 secs with 5 fingers and no tool. Accurate as can be. Perfect EDC width and has the same mag capacity as the CCP.

  10. So this pistol uses the walther name, but isn’t a true walther pistol. I’ve read in multiple places that it’s built by Umarex, which is a company that builds airsoft guns, and just happens to own walther at this time.
    That being said the one I purchased gave me a lot of grief right out of the box. I fired about 50 rounds at first, and only had one issue. Then I took it to a class where around 200 shots were fired it malfunctioned almost every magazine. Took it home and put it through the ultrasonic cleaner and the 50 shots fired since then not a single issue. My guess is I just had something in it that needed cleaned out. Not unusual for a new pistol to jam as it wears in, so I’ll just have to see how it goes.

    If you have issues with your hands and need a pistol with a slide that is really easy to manipulate, then this is the one for you. The advantage of this particular delayed blowback system is it doesn’t reply entirely upon the spring to keep it together, so it can use a softer spring, which means easier to rack the slide.

    Looking inside the magwell does look like there’s a lot of empty space, but it’s one of the most comfortable grips I’ve held (which isn’t saying much as my normal carry is a glock)

    I did have to file down the front of the trigger guard just a little to mount the laser I put on it, as it does come out to a point at the bottom for a solid finger purchase if you wrap your hands like that, but the laser in question is equally at fault for being the shape it is.

  11. I love mine, if you can follow directions then disassembly is not that difficult. I fired mine last weekend for the first time and shot thru a half box of cheap round nose ammo, then a full clip of Hydrashock hollow points, followed by a clip of mixed ammo. No issues, failures, and decent grouping. Overall quite pleased with it, and ergonomically it has a great feel. My one complaint is mine has a little creak to the trigger pull and I plan to have a gunsmith polish it out. In my opinion it probably has a burr on one of the firing components.

  12. Once the warranty shop replaced my first cranky CCP, the second has been fine so far with one box of White box.
    The disassembly/reassembly does get easier with repetition, trust me.
    Once I reach a trust level with it, I do plan to use it for CC.
    Overall, I’m glad I bought it – I’d say 5 of 5 stars due to the complex take down.

  13. I was looking at the ccp, but decided on the ppq. Excellent pistol! I have ran every thing through the ppq with out issue. Very light, very accurate! The reset might be too quick for some. The ppc was only 5/8″ shorter then the ppq. I could not see giving up a 15 or 17 round mag vs 8 for 5/8″

  14. This is NOT an issue with the CCP; other things may be, but not its disassembly. I can do it in less than 15 seconds & reassemble even faster and without the tool. I use my fingernail for putting it back together. I’ve done the operation many times and do not understand the complaints I see online.

  15. I would suggest that anyone considering the CCP visit and read through the various sticky threads….especially ones dealing with issues. The CCP as reported by many of the owners has experienced ammo failures with virtually every commercial manufacturer’s brand and in every 9mm weight available. Some owners were fortunate and had virtually no issues…..others had failures with strikers, striker springs, slides launched forward off the pistol and to the ground…..the stories go on and on.

    It is ergonomically sound and accurate. As described the disassembly has caused a few owners to sell their CCP. Be cautious with t he CCP.

  16. Bought a Walther CCP and loved shooting it but absolutely HATED putting it re-assembling it after cleaning it. Had to take to the store where I bought it: it took 3 guys behind the counter over an hour to put it back together. Not sure why they designed it in such a way as to make it so hard to re-assemble.
    One of the counter guys said that he would never have sold me that model, had he been the one doing the selling. Traded it in for a Springfield XDS 3.3.

    Love it

  17. I bought my first one when they first came out. Liked it so much I bought a second one. The first few times taking it down and reassembling were a bear. Once you’ve done it a few times it gets easier. Have run over 1500 rounds thru my first one. The only ammo I had a problem with was the Blazer aluminum cased. I guess the angle of the feed ramp is such that it pops the bullet out of the casing and causes a dangerous bullet in barrel situation. The first couple of times this happened, I thought it was a defective batch of ammo. After getting in touch with Speer, and them being very good to work with, sending me a new batch of ammo, it happened again. Never had a malfunction one when shooting with brass cased ammo.

  18. 1st firearm that I purchased as soon as it hit the store. The salesmen at the store hadn’t even fired it yet. Less than a 2in shot group of 5 at 15 yds. The only con: disassembly is a beast but, I love it anyway

  19. My son & I both have CCP. His has worked well since he bought it, but mine gave a lot of problems, FtoF, FtoE, stovepipes, failure to cock the striker, etc. To make a long story short, I returned it 3 times to Walther (they paid shipping), and the 3rd time they sent me a brand new gun. I haven’t had time to take it to the range yet, but I’m writing to assure everyone that Walther DOES stand behind its warranty. The turn-around time was only a week on all 3 occasions. That’s fast!

  20. The article claims the SIG P225 is out of production, but it was reintroduced earlier this year as the P225-A1. Perhaps the author was referring to the H&K P7, from which the CCP borrowed the design of delayed blowback via a gas piston.

  21. I’ve had my CCP for a little over a year now. I initially purchased it because of the relatively unique gas retarded blow back system. However since then, I have found it to be a great little shooter and my go to carry gun for when my CZPCR is too big and my Kahr p380 is too small. The gun is remarkably easy to conceal even during the summer with just a t shirt and shorts.
    My CCP has not had any feed issues with factory or reloaded ammo 90-136grains.
    Two of the 3 of my friends who have shot it have purchased one. The gun itself comes with two mags and a few front sites that allow for a good range of adjustment. It is a very comfortable gun with many quality features for a great price.

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