What good is a carry pistol that’s not enjoyable to shoot? In the race to produce ever-smaller carry guns some of the single-stack 9mm pistols have contracted to the point of being simply unpleasant to shoot. If you don’t want to practice with your carry gun, how can you know the gun works? Walther has found the middle ground with its CCP M2.

The Walther CCP M2 strikes a balance between enjoyable on the range and comfortable to carry. The CCP M2 is larger than many single-stack 9mm pistols, which is a positive attribute. A highly-ergonomic grip accommodates most hands, mostly thanks to an aggressive undercut of the trigger guard. Walther didn’t design the gun be minimalist. So, it provides comforts that others simply can’t offer.

Creature Comforts

These comforts include a slightly wider grip than most single-stacks. A wider grip makes for more contact with the hand. This provides a more reassuring grip and softer perceived recoil, as that energy is transferred across a larger area. While being slightly more difficult to conceal, the stock also provides an easier form to grab during the draw. Therefore, it is easier to obtain, particularly if the shooter slightly misses with the grip.

Softer recoil comes not just from the wider grip, but also from Walther’s Soft Coil technology. This uncommon system delays recoil using a piston. In the hand it feels almost as I the recoil energy is stretched in duration and dissipated into more of a gentle push than the violent snap sometimes affiliated with small guns.

This operating system also permits Walther to use a softer recoil spring and fixed barrel. This results in a gun that is easy to rack without fighting the spring or shifting the barrel. A fixed barrel is also inherently more accurate.

These features are important in a carry gun because shooters should spend a lot of time at the range with the gun. Walther understands this and makes guns on which you can stake your life. For that reason, Walther backs CCP M2 with a lifetime warranty and a service department known for averaging 48-hour turn-arounds.

Additional Features

Continuing the theme of a gun that serves for concealed carry, the CCP M2 has the reassurance of an external safety. However, the safety doesn’t stick out so far from the pistol that it might snag or become accidentally disengaged during carry.

Additionally, the striker is always single-action ready and even protrudes from the slide to let the operator know its condition. Single action makes for a clean break and yet the trigger remains safe thanks to a slightly longer and heavier pull than most Walther pistols. The dust cover features three rail slots to accommodate lights or lasers; both useful for training and carry.

All attributes combined, the CCP M2 makes for a great carry gun that can also be enjoyed at the range. It comes with positive controls, soft recoil and easy-to-rack slide. It also comes in a size that is more comfortable to shoot that most other single-stacks, while being easier to conceal and lighter in the holster than a doubles-stack.

Walther CCP M2

  • Action: Semi-auto striker
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Length: 6.41”
  • Barrel Length: 3.54”
  • Width: 1.18”
  • Height: 5.12”
  • Weight: 22.33 ozs. (empty)
  • Finish: Cerokote black or stainless
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • MSRP: $469

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