Walther CCP M2 Pistol is All New ~ VIDEO and Range Review

YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video review of the Walther CCP M2 Pistol.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- The original Walther CCP offered reduced recoil and an easy-to rack slide in the world's most popular handgun caliber; 9mm.  The original CCP had potential to serve anyone looking for the common availability and wide load variety of 9mm but who might be more sensitive to recoil of struggle with the slide on smaller handguns.  Where the CCP met trouble was that takedown required a tool.  Unfortunately, those looking to conserve hand strength were also unlikely to want to need a tool for disassembly.  If Makarov could make a fixed-barrel pistol with tool-less disassembly why couldn't Walther?  Now they have.

Walther CCP M2 Pistol

Walther CCP M2 Pistol
Walther CCP M2 Pistol

The Walther CCP M2 Pistol is updated with a simple take-down that any engineer would appreciate.  The challenge comes from having a fixed barrel.  the slide either needs to split in half (done by no one I know of) or it has to come back, up, and forward to get free of the barrel.  The Glock-like field strip that we have all become accustomed to works with the Browning tilting barrel system, not a fixed barrel.

So why does the Walther CCP M2 Pistol have a fixed barrel?  The answer is the trick to a softer-recoiling blowback system.  Just beyond the chamber, the barrel has a small port that vents some of the expanding gasses into a cylinder occupied by a piston attached to the slide.  So long as the pressure is high slide is locked closed.  Once those pressures drop the recoil energy can overtake the light slide spring and the slide operates.  It's an intelligent design.  The CCP wasn't the first gun to try this feat and I like to think that with time comes improvements so I was eager to get the gun on the range and try a variety of different rounds.

Just like the challenge any semi-auto firearm has, each load generates its own recoil impulse both in dwell and peak energy.  It's safe to assume the CCP M2 was calibrated to work with 124gr  NATO loads and the softer 115gr we enjoy in the US, but what about the other loads?  In classic GBGuns style the, “What's for Dinner?” test was a smorgasbord of load options.  The tests included a range from 165gr to 65gr.  Aluminum, brass, and steel cases.  The loads tested came from American Eagle, Federal, Fiocchi, Freedom Munitions, Gecco, Hornady, Liberty Munitions, Remington, TulAmmo, and Winchester.  To see how they did watch the video below.

I must clarify that the initial full-mag +1 test failure could not be replicated later.  I also had a significantly better grouping later after spending more time with the gun.  What's seen in the Shooting Impressions video were the absolute first tries with a handgun that had not been broken in or even oiled.

For the numerophiles out there here are the specifications as taken directly from Walther's website.  Those of you familiar with the original CCP [now on sale for a low price] may be pleased to see that the specification remain the same:

Walther CCP M2 Pistol

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 3.54″
  • Trigger Pull: SA 5.5lbs
  • Trigger Travel: 0.27″
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • Overall Length: 6.41″
  • Height: 5.12″
  • Width: 1.18″
  • Weight Empty: 22.33oz

As you can see the dimensions, weight, and trigger pull of the Walther CCP M2 Pistol are all very new-shooter friendly.  The size fit both my large and model Gretchen's small hands comfortably.  While I may be too accustomed to shooting a variety of handguns Gretchen was new to them.  In an experiment I had her shoot the CCP M2 and PPS M2 back to back.  She preferred the CCP M2 noting that recoil felt softer in her hands and she felt more secure with the more generous grip size.


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About Graham Baates:

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

  • 6 thoughts on “Walther CCP M2 Pistol is All New ~ VIDEO and Range Review

    1. Be very careful with the plastic cup that sits on the end of the striker spring. It is brittle and will break. Mine broke. Walther does not have replacement parts. To me it does not appear to be a good design or maybe just a faulty part. Walther said if the CCP M2 is used with the part missing or broken the pistol will lock up.

    2. Any news on Walther having a trade-in: 2 yr old CCP for a new CCP? I know I’d loose a lot money if I sold and bought a new one.

    3. I have one of the first issue guns (not recalled version). I have had no problems at all shoots was well as I can (the gun is not always the accuracy problem. I lost the tool but a small screwdriver works fine. I emailed Walther and if the get enough interest they may do a CCP1 upgrade. Lets hope I would go for that.

    4. I own a 1st generation CCP, and I like it very much!
      The take down as so many complain about is not really that difficult. I watched a video of a fella break one down one handed when I first got it and hadn’t grasped the trick to it. Once I saw him do it, I thought I am making this a pain to do. I soon learned how to do it easily now.

      As the pretty young lady described the sites and long reset seem to have been forgotten again!
      It seems Walther concentrated on making it easy to break down but forgot about the crappy sites on the thing.
      Those need very much to be improved!
      But this pistol is a very nice shooter, very accurate, and feels really good in ones hand. Walther seems to have a knack for feel good grips, because my Walther Creed another fine shooter but with better sites is a favorite of mine at the range.
      From what I have seen though, I probably won’t be opening my wallet for this new CCP. They didn’t fix some of the old issues for me on it. And I can break my CCP down very easily too!

    5. Most interesting ! I’m an ancient of days Walther fan and bought one of the early original CCPs ,which was promptly recalled 🙂 Once reworked it functioned fine but is a true pain in the rear to clean. I have never been happy with carrying a striker fired gun concealed and the tiny safety , while nice can be a problem in rapid response situations. Accuracy was fine , recoil was sharp but usable for a CCW .
      Bottom line …back to a PPK or PPK/s .380 .

      This year Remington reissued their P-51 +P 9×19 . It sells for $300.00 around my neck of the woods . So being cheap I bought one ! Surprise , surprise! It’s all metal ,hammer fired with a grip safety and has the overall feel of a Walther PP ! Using +P ammo from a police issue Federal HP recoil is sharp but accuracy is great for the first few rounds ; after that it’s flinch time from recoil . Nice gun , not to use but good protection in a small package.

      Final word PPK or PPK/s and really hot 88 grain JHP is back in my pants 🙂

    6. Hello I believe that no pistol or revolver should be give the name or put in the category of a learning gun . There is no such thing as a learning gun , I can only imagine what a creative lawyer would do with the term learning gun . Why weren’t you carrying your learning gun you have only had your permit for 3 years aren’t you still learning ? your skills are still so basic you should have used a learning gun not a regular gun . It opens a lot of doors for the misinformed or unknowing .

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