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New Compact Walther CCP

New Compact Walther CCP

The last couple of years several pistol manufacturers have been going head to head for customer concealed carry dollars with several variations on the easy-to-carry single-stack 9mm pistol. Ruger may have started the recent ruckus with their LC9 pistol, and Remington just got on board with their retro-styled R51. Now Walther Arms is getting off of the bench with the launch of their new CCP 9mm pistol. But rather than making another hard-kicking , blow back operated pocket pistol, the company has developed an unusual reverse piston gas system they’re calling SoftCoil Gas Technology.

When the pistol is fired, the slide moves backwards against a barrel-mounted recoil spring, just like other semi-auto pistol slides. But a portion of the propellant gas is siphoned off to actuate a piston located under the barrel. The piston presses forward against the slide, acting like a break to slow it down in its reward movement. According to Walther, the Soft Coil system not only reduces felt recoil, but it allows for a lighter recoil spring so that the slide is easier to cycle manually. This pistol has an 8+1 shot capacity, weighs just over 22-ounces unloaded, has a very comfortable grip, and it has an affordable suggested retail price starting at $469. We are looking forward to seeing how the new Walther CCP performs in the field.

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