Easier to field strip, the CCP M2 makes routine maintenance a snap.
What the CCP M2 offers:
- Tool-less takedown.
- Gas-piston delayed blowback operation.
- Cocking indicator.
- 3.54-inch barrel.
- 5.5-pound trigger pull.
- 1.18-inch width.
- 8+1 capacity (9mm).
- 22.33-ounce weight.
Smooth shooting and svelte aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when talking blowback 9mm pistols. Yet, it’s what Walther achieved in 2014 with the release of the CCP. Innovative, the pistol utilized a piston system (in Walther argot, SoftCoil Gas Technology) that delayed the blowback, deadening the recoil along the way. Quite a feat, the CCP was a kitten to operate and shoot, all without boat-anchor heft. All ideal for concealed carry.
So much going for it, you’d think the spry little single-stack nine would have few nits to pick. Overall, it didn’t, save one — takedown. Almost an afterthought with most handguns, field stripping was a bit more arduous with the CCP, requiring something dreaded among all handgunners — tools. Not a deal breaker, but certainly less convenient than a takedown lever. Though now it appears the days of the pistol’s special disassembly tool (or at a bare minimum a screwdriver) are numbered.
Eagerly anticipated by Walther fans, the newly released CCP M2 requires little more than a functional finger break down. Now, a simple flick of a lever at the aft of the pistol springs the slide from the frame, making routine maintenance much less sigh-inducing. Maybe not an out-and-out gamechanger, but unquestionably tool-less takedown does make the pistol more appealing.
Outside of easier takedown and a blaze-red striker indicator, there isn’t a ton of difference between the CCP M2 and the original. Not necessarily a bad thing. Walther improved where it needed to and left what worked with the striker-fired, including its slim 1.18-inch width, 22-ounce weight, 8-round capacity and, of course, utmost shootability. Also, price; the CCP M2 has an MSRP of $469, same as the first generation pistol.
Other notables on the CCP M2 include a 3.34-inch barrel, 5.5-pound trigger pull, .27-inch trigger travel, Picatinny rail on the frame, manual thumb safety, three-dot polymer sights and ambidextrous magazine release.
CCP M2 Specs:
BARREL LENGTH: 3.54″
TRIGGER PULL: SA 5.5 LBS
TRIGGER TRAVEL: 0.27″
CAPACITY: 8 RDS
OVERALL LENGTH: 6.41″
SAFETY: MANUAL + 1 AUTO
WEIGHT EMPTY: 22.33 OZ
For more information on the CCP M2, please visit: www.waltherarms.com.
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