Gun Review: The New Walther CCP M2, Your Perfect Concealed Carry Pistol

Walther Arms listened to their consumer base and improved the already incredible CCP.

The new CCP M2 is proof that big things come in small packages.

There is no shortage of great pistols and handguns on today's firearm market. There are countless options that perform and provide consumers with a quality gun. But if you are in search of an exceptional option for concealed carry and self defense at a price point that would make a gun enthusiast grin from ear to ear, the CCP M2 from Walther is saving the day.

Unfortunately, the world we live in makes the concealed carry and self defense concern a much more serious issue than it has ever been in our country. With that being the case, consumers have taken a big interest in having a pistol that fits what they want in case a scenario ever emerges that they would need to use it. Walther feels they have created just that, and after testing the semi-auto CCP M2 from Walther, I have to agree.

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I will be honest, my gun knowledge and interest has always been sparked from the hunting standpoint. I grew up around guns since I could walk. My father taught me and my siblings the importance of gun safety and how to properly use them as a tool.

My love of guns grew more towards the questions of 'How I could hunt with them?' and 'How could I provide organic meals?' It didn't necessarily come from the sport of target shooting or the need for a self defense weapon. Naturally, I had a strong interest towards bolt action rifles and shotguns, and didn't really give pistols enough attention.

As I've grown older, I've seen what's changed in our society, and now have a family of my own. Needless to say, the switch happened pretty fast, and I bet a lot of you can relate. I now wanted to seek out a quality pistol for self defense and concealed carry.

When I started that search, I had a few things in mind.

I wanted to have a pistol that felt good and comfortable in my hand, is built with quality, has easy to use features so my wife wouldn't be overwhelmed, and didn't make me cringe when I saw the price tag.

Not too much to ask, right?

Compact Fit

Obviously, when you're choosing a concealed carry pistol, you want it to feel great in your hand while being as compact as possible. The CCP M2 is a 9mm with an exceptional fit that you can feel right away. It has a few features that make it sit well in your hand and hold true to those compact wants.

Walther CCP M2

The CCP M2 comes in a total weight of 22.33 ounces when the pistol is empty and not chambered.

The grip has a visually appealing design that gives the pistol some flare. Although the grip is great look and very entrancing, it was designed and placed with a purpose beyond just style. The cross-directional and rugged edges leaves the grip with a very secure, non-slip feel and allows the shooter to have a comfortable hold with great control.

The molded grip lets my fingers sit within a pistol grip better than most handguns I have ever shot. This facet of the gun was something I really wanted to like. The Walther CCP M2 most certainly succeeds in that department.

Walther CCP M2

With an overall length of 6.41 inches, a height of 5.12, and width of 1.18, the CCP M2 is super easy to conceal without any disturbances. With a short barrel length of only 3.54 inches, it doesn't bulge or extend a holster. There wasn't even much of an adjustment period. I wasn't carrying every single day prior to testing out the CCP M2, and I still don't, but getting used to carrying this gun wasn't much of a task at all. It happened naturally.

Beyond the easy concealment and low profile, I wanted a pistol that my wife would feel safe handling. The CCP M2 is absolutely perfect for that scenario, because it isn't huge and intimidating to my wife, yet it still provides the punch needed for legitimate self defense. Overall, Walther nailed the design for compact functionality with the CCP M2.

Standout Features

There are a couple of key features on the CCP M2 that I really like. The manual thumb safety is very smooth and firm, and is extremely accessible to the thumb. Walther has included a striker indicator to show if the gun is cocked, an added and appreciated safety measure.

This cocking indicator is present on the back of the gun. When the gun is cocked and ready to fire, you will see a red dot on the back end of the M2. This allows you to be able to quickly acquire and identify whether or not your pistol is ready to fire.

Below is a side by side photo of the CCP M2 not ready to fire on the left, and then ready to fire on the right.

Walther CCP M2

The CCP M2 has a picatinny rail on the bottom side of the barrel that allows the owner to mount a flashlight or laser. The gun has three dot sights, but if you want to add a laser for another aiming solution, that option is available because of the picatinny rail.

The magazine release is also very well placed and can be targeted smoothly and easily with your thumb. The thumb release is capable of being swapped out to fit for left handed shooters as well. This ambidextrous magazine release is just another example of how Walther outdid themselves while looking to make the best product for a wide consumer base.

Tool-Less Takedown

Walther enhanced the assembly and disassembly on the M2 by bringing tool-less takedown features to the table. Without needing any extra tools, you can quickly take apart your gun for cleaning and disassembly without the extra hassles associated with some other pistols.

Rather than trying to explain this and provide pictures, Walther has a video that portrays the process from start to finish, and shows you just how quickly this can be done. It brings a whole new outlook on the term "field strip."

Super simple, this tool-less takedown is just one of the many facets of the CCP M2 from Walther that make it the ultimate concealed carry option.

SOFTCOIL Gas Technology

Most of the buzz around this firearm has been related to the new soft-coil gas technology that is incorporated into the pistol. Essentially, the CCP M2 uses expended gases from when the round gets fired to reduce the recoil. Compared to other 9mm handguns, the reduction in the recoil is quite noticeable. It's another prime example of why the M2 is such a great concealed carry option for both men and women.

Walther CCP M2

Here is an excerpt from Walther's website on the technology behind the SOFTCOIL design.

The CCP's SOFTCOIL™ gas-delayed blowback system uses gas pressure from the ignited cartridge by directing it through a small port in the barrel in front of the chamber to slow down and delay the rearward motion of the slide. This is accomplished by means of a piston contained inside of a cylinder located under the barrel that opposes the rearward motion of the slide until the gas pressure has declined after the bullet has left the barrel. This allows the slide to end its rearward motion, opening the breech, and ejecting the empty cartridge case.

Walther has manipulated the slide in a way that creates a very user friendly experience when pulling the 5.5-pound trigger. It's like no other 9mm on the market.

Ammunition of Choice

Maybe you're curious what rounds I have been firing from my Walther? As I do with the majority of my firearms, I went the Hornady route.

Walther CCP M2

Hornady just seems to be the most reliable ammunition across the board from all my experiences, so I don't venture out beyond the Big Red H very often. With my CCP M2, I wanted a round that would be sufficient in both self defense, plinking, and small varmint shooting.

The Custom 124 gr XTP fit the mold perfectly. I can get the great accuracy that Hornady is so well known for while still having the knock down power I would need from a handgun load.

They come in 25 round cartridges and after burning through a couple hundred rounds in a day's span, I never had any issues with the casings or cycling the rounds. The CCP M2 has honestly worked like a dream, and I have been recommending it to anyone who has asked my opinion.

Walther CCP M2

Final Thoughts

The CCP M2 from Walther really is a great gun for the consumer market that is looking for an affordable firearm that's built for concealed carry. It is a superb mixture of size, ergonomic design, concealment capabilities, and functionality. It's just what I was looking for.

It seems that you can find the CCP M2 at around $400, and that is a steal for what this carry gun entails.

Walther couldn't have said it better themselves...Comfortable, controllable, precise. Took the words right out of my mouth.