For the February 2015 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, author Dennis Adler got the chance to put the new Walther CCP pistol through a full range evaluation. Throughout Adler’s examination, the polymer-framed, 9mm pistol proved an intriguing combination of new and old technology in one reliable self-defense handgun.
“The CCP was designed to be easier to use than conventional 9mm pistols. It aimed to be smaller, lighter and feel more like a .380 than a 9mm, and achieving these goals began on the inside,” said Adler. “Field stripping the CCP reveals an amalgamation of old and new technology, with a PPK-style fixed barrel mounted to the frame and a single, large recoil spring surrounding the barrel, also like the PPK. That is the old technology that comprises one half of the gun’s action. The overall operation of the CCP, however, is quite modern.”
Adler then detailed the Walther CCP’s unique “SoftCoil” gas-delayed blowback action, which significantly reduced recoil during operation.
“When the gun is fired, a portion of the gas pressure developed by the ignited cartridge is shunted downward through a port in the bottom of the barrel and into a chamber molded into the polymer frame. Think of it as a secondary recoil system that is otherwise passive when the gun is not being discharged,” noted Adler. “When chambering a round, or clearing the CCP, the only resistance to the slide is the single, large recoil spring around the barrel. This lightweight recoil spring reduces resistance, making the gun significantly easier to handle than any other 9mm semi-auto.”
At the range, Adler came away impressed with the smooth-shooting CCP’s performance, particularly during follow-up shots.
“Of course, you never know all of this is transpiring; all you realize after pulling the trigger is that the recoil was lighter than anticipated. The gas-delayed blowback action decreases muzzle lift, and commensurately, the energy transferred to the shooting hand, thus allowing faster sight reacquisition and more manageable control of the pistol.”
To read the full article, check out the February 2015 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands October 28th, 2014. To subscribe, go to https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe.
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