Whenever I think of Walther firearms, I think of James Bond (it doesn’t matter if he’s Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or the new guy, Daniel Craig, because I find all of them to be plenty sexy versions of the iconic figure) using a PPK, P5 Compact, P99, and/or PPK/S. Those are Bond’s kind of guns. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bond drawing Walther’s latest offering for the concealed carry market, the CCP (for “Concealed Carry Pistol”). The CCP simply fits the Bond criteria: It’s cool, smooth, fast, and accurate.
I love the Heckler & Koch P7, as it offers so many engineering features to geek out over. Some of those features appeared on a handgun for the first time with the P7, only to become ubiquitous thereafter (3-dot sights, for example*). A few of those great features have never been reproduced on another pistol. One of them is the gas-piston delayed blowback system, which hasn’t seen use again until the Walther CCP here** and its resurrection is a big reason why I was so excited to get my hands on this new Walther Concealed Carry Pistol. Does it deliver on Walther’s promises of soft recoil and easy slide manipulation? . . .
At first glance, you’d think the Walther CCP was a PPQ that someone left in the wash and the result of the dry cycle was that it shrank.