3 Things That Make the Walther CCP M2 a Top Concealed Carry Gun

We’re sharing the top three reasons to put Walther’s CCP M2 on your belt.

Those of us who want to discreetly carry our handguns, for whatever situation might arise, have a growing number of options. That’s especially true in the 9mm category. Walther’s specialized offering, the CCP (Concealed Carry Pistol), was instantly popular upon its first release in 2014. Now, after listening to customers’ feedback, Walther has released an improved model: Walther CCP M2. This is an excellent piece of equipment that deserves its place at Walther’s flagship concealed carry gun.

The CCP M2 boasts many quality features, but three in particular distinguish it from competing options both inside the holster and out.

1. Purposeful Construction

In designing the CCP M2, Walther’s engineers paid particular attention to the concealed carry use case. Its shape and weight distribution help maintain a low profile with minimal printing. The pistol is also built to be highly adaptable to many holsters and feel well-balanced while you’re carrying. Of course, a good holster is always necessary, but Walther has ensured that if anything’s getting in the way of your comfort, it isn’t the gun.

The CCP M2 is only 1.18″ wide, fits smoothly with many holster types and materials, and has a less bulky shape than competing models.

2. Simplicity

The CCP M2 has a well-placed manual safety without also having a hammer, de-cocking lever, or any other feature that could get in the way of emergency use. Especially for civilian carriers, this is an ideal setup. The 5.5 pound trigger with a trigger travel of .27″ is appropriate (not too sensitive) for carry. After listening to customers’ feedback, Walther also simplified the takedown process of the CCP: your hands are the only tools you’ll need to disassemble the gun.

Additionally, with the CCP M2, you can take for granted Walther’s rock-solid reputation for reliability. It goes bang when you need it to, and it doesn’t when you don’t.

3. Ergonomics

Any new gun, but especially a striker-fired 9mm, needs to set itself apart from the others. Walther as a brand has mastered ergonomics, as you can tell immediately by the signature slide design, with serrations on the front as well as the rear. The controls are located in the right places and will feel familiar very quickly, if not immediately. The magazine release is ambidextrous.

Like its predecessor, the CCP M2 also features the SOFTCOIL? gas-delayed blowback system, which slows the time it takes for the slide to move rearward. This means that the slide is substantially easier to rack than those of most other pistols, and the recoil is softer than you’d expect for a pistol of this size. This aspect makes a big difference on the range. For some, SOFTCOIL? tips the scales between carrying and remaining unarmed.

All in all, Walther set out to build a pistol specifically for concealed carry, and they delivered admirably. As you look for the perfect carry pistol, make sure you try shooting a CCP M2 before making your ultimate choice. Try it on in a holster, too – you just might find that other pistols don’t feel quite right in comparison.

comments

  1. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    I had a bit of trouble with Walther
    Hard choices. The CCP or the PPQ SC. I went with the SC. No softcoil gas system or cocked indicator. But almost as soft shooting.

    1. avatar TheUnspoken says:

      The PPQ SC is basically a standard striker fired, Browning action, sub compact duty pistol, double stack mags, the usual ~$500 price, this would be like a Glock 26, VP9SK, sig 320 sub compact, etc. It has mag compatibility with the full size PPQ M2 right?

      The CCP M2 is definitely a different gun, with the P7 style gas retarded blowback, fixed barrel, single stack mag, narrower width, etc. And it is only a tiny bit thinner, 1.18 for CCP, vs 1.3 for PPQ, vs 1″ for PPS. Because the action and lock up (or lack thereof) is different, it would be flat shooting, easier to work the slide… But also most likely runs hotter and requires frequent cleaning of the gas system, guessing since that is the same situation for the P7. So probably not for shooting a ton of ammo in a rapid fashion compared to the PPQ.

      I only have a PPS ( and p38) on the Walther side, but I would only use it for super deep concealment, as I usually go for a compact size or subcompact, so I would probably go for the PPQ SC or maybe something in between the PPQ and PPQ SC, if a PPQ compact existed. That is the right balance of concealment while still being a shootable, fighting pistol.

    2. avatar Matt(TX) says:

      I really like my PPQ, the 1/10 inch reset is (really) just made for follow up shots.

    3. Yea, I had a bit of trouble with the CCP also. The spring went flying 20 ft, the day I went to pick it up in Plainfield. I asked them to show me how to take it apart. I’ve never cleaned it; afraid it will fly again. Love the gun, love the grip, only used it a few times.

  2. avatar Victoryman says:

    I have to vote for my PPS 2. Great pistol.

    1. avatar Parnell says:

      I agree.

  3. avatar JasonM says:

    SOFTCOIL?

    Are they not sure what it’s called, or do they just not understand how charsets work on the web?

    Also a tiny, poorly placed, single sided safety lever and a 5.5lb trigger pull? Sign me up…for continuing to carry a Dan Wesson ECO 9mm.

  4. avatar Free Texas says:

    I’ll stick with my PPS M2 as well, though I might have gone with this pistol if it had been out. I like how it can hold a light or laser unlike the PPS.

    The brief article ought to have included more specs like “single stack,” how many rounds it holds, weight etc. But interested parties can always go to Walther’s website I suppose.

    1. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

      “Article”? Advertisement, I think you mean, unless one of TTAG’s writers is truly named “Sponsored Content” (in a world where someone actually named their child “Reality Winner”, I suppose that it’s possible).

      1. avatar former water walker says:

        “Sponsored content” Mr. Vision…

  5. avatar little horn says:

    lol

  6. avatar Dan Fisher says:

    No ambidextrous safety………..No sale, sorry.

    1. avatar Jay in Florida says:

      Ambi safeties aren’t always a plus.
      I also have a Sig P938 that I carried before getting the PPQ-SC.
      One reason I switched guns was because of the ambi safety. I carry my ccw IWB. I cant tell you how many times I had accidently knocked off the safety. Walked around for who knows how many days with a Cocked N Unlocked gun.
      Since I very rarely except to clean out the dust bunnies. I dont unload my daily carry nightly.
      Off comes the jeans gun stays in holster at night.
      Morning on go the pants and Im off to work.
      Gun fully charged cocked and no safety on.
      This might be OK for striker fired guns. But for true single action guns. It might be a little disconcerting to some.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        I actually prefer to roll with the safety off regardless of the gun. If the trigger is covered by the holster it’s good to go IMO. The safety is for re-holstering or administrative handling in my book.

        The only exception is my Ruger .44 but that’s because I find manually letting down the hammer on a live round to be a bit sketchy so I try to minimize doing it.

      2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        jif, all you’ve said is true for me except i still carry my 938. sig offered to remove the ambi safety but i toy with the idea of milling off a portion of the right side tab instead.
        strick, some may be confused into thinking your ruger has a safety. you’re saying you carry a revolver in double action mode rather than cocked, yeah?

  7. avatar former water walker says:

    I’ll keep my lowly(and perfect) Taurus 709. Top finisher in Guns & Ammo single stack shootout(but Taurus stupidly discontinued it). Oh and it cost me 230bucks. BTW I rarely see any Walther’s in any LGS…

  8. avatar Cloudbuster says:

    I dunno, this Spencer Content guy seems a little biased.

  9. avatar RedRed says:

    I do know that should you ever shake the gun, at least the bullets in the magazines rattle. At least they do in the Walther Creed. And the company tells me that is normal, as the bullets are double-stacked. Funny, my S&W M&P 45ACP magazines don’t rattle no matter how hard you shake. If you ask me, poor design.

  10. avatar Fudds Mckenzie says:

    Only 1.18”? Come on that’s average for a doublestack duty gun.

    I like this Walther, it looks compent all around with a couple of unusual, valuable features. Please don’t screw it up by trying to make it something it’s not. I mean, it’s not thin, it’s not a flintlock horse pistol either, let it go.

    1. avatar Cloudbuster says:

      You’re taking to a Walther company ad writer. Let it go.

  11. avatar raptor jesus says:

    Everyone I’ve talked to says this sucker heats up FAST and makes shooting uncomfortable.

  12. avatar Eva says:

    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.

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