The Walther CCP
Concealable and user friendly, the Walther CCP was designed to be fast into action with its rounded edges and it is a natural pointer with its ergonomic grip. It has a unique gas-delayed blowback system that uses gas when it fires a round to slow down and delay that rearward motion of the slide.
This means that this soft-recoiling pistol has less muzzle flip so that it can shot more round in a rapid fire motion.
Easy to Use Slide
The slide is easy to manipulate with the gas-delayed blowback system as it makes the recoil spring assembly lighter. Many small pistols are difficult to operate, but the Walther CCP has the benefit of an easily racked slide.
The Walther CCP has the three-variety sights and additional safety features such as an internal firing pin and a manual thumb safety. You can also reverse the magazine release to accommodate either a left or right handed shooter.
Concealable and User-Friendly
The Walther CCP also has a single-stack magazine that holds eight 9mm cartridges, plus a floorplate that has a built-in finger rest. With a carry weight of a little over 22 ounces and an 8+1 capacity, the Walther CCP is an easy to conceal and user-friendly pistol.
The Belt Holster
A belt holster is mounted to your belt with loops or slots, or it can use a paddle which makes it a lot easier to remove. Many users prefer the belt loops though over the paddle holster as it stays on the belt better in case you are in a struggle.
They are also easier to conceal as a paddle holster can tilt the butt of your firearm inwards with the barrel out creating an awkward looking lump on your hip.
Usually made of Kydex, leather, or nylon, belt holsters can be made of just one material or as a hybrid. Kydex and nylon are usually cheaper than leather, but they create a bulkier holster. Leather conceals better than the other two, but it can require a “break in” period.
Inside the Waistband (IWB) Holsters
The inside the waistband holster will give you more concealment than the belt holster will give you, and they are usually made from either nylon, leather, or Kydex.
You will find that leather is the most secure, but gives you a slower draw while the Kydex gives you a faster draw, but is less secure. The IWB holds your firearm closer and lower to your body which makes it harder to be disarmed.
Features to look for:
- To get a full hand grip on your gun, make sure the gun grip is sitting high enough above the belt. If it is sitting too low, you may have to readjust your grip when you draw causing you to fumble your gun.
- Reinforce the mouth of your holster to make sure that it stays open since you can’t re-holster one handed.
- Do not use spring steel clips that let you draw the holster along with the gun.
- Do not choose a one-size fits all holster. Choose one specific to your gun to make sure it will work well.
- Avoid spring steel and cheap plastic clips for IWB holsters that are mounted onto your belt. Use clips made by Galco and Alessi for clips that will work well.
- You can also use J-hooks that fasten underneath your belt, and some of the m will even let you tuck them into your shirt.
- Remember that holsters that use clips and loops right over the gun are less easy to conceal than those that use offset clips and loops.
The IWB holsters are carried by most people behind their hip on the strong side. Some people prefer to carry them in the appendix position which is in front of their hip on the strong side. You can purchase specially designed holsters to carry your firearm in Appendix that are more comfortable, but really any IWB holster can be carried that way.
A pocket holster is another common way to carry a small concealed pistol instead of just throwing it in your pocket.
Pocket holsters are great for:
- Keeping your firearm correctly oriented so it doesn’t get turned upside down in your pocket
- Reduces accidental discharges by covering the trigger guard
- Dust and debris is kept out of your weapon
- The gun’s silhouette is reduced in your pocket
When you draw, make sure your pocket holster stays in your pocket. When you are in a gunfight and your gun is drawn, you may not have the time to rip the holster off.
Ankle holsters can be a useful place to carry your concealed weapon. If you spend a lot of time seated, it can be a faster draw than a belt-line carry, and it is also a great place to conceal a second gun. However, if you are standing, it can also be a slow draw that requires two hands, and it can put you in a bad defensive position.
Wearing an ankle holster is a personal preference, some people are comfortable with it and some aren’t. Most people have to try it and see. The rule of thumb for using an ankle holster is that you wear the gun on the inside of the leg that is opposite of your main shooting hand.
Boot wearers can wrap the holster on top of or around their boot which makes it a lot more comfortable to carry and create an awkward lump in the leg of your pants. Those that want to wear it with normal shoes can pull up their sock to cover the bottom of the holster to hide it effectively.
Our Top Pick: DeSantis Apache Ankle Rig
One of the few Walther CCP ankle holsters available, the DeSantis Apache Ankle Rig has a wide elastic leg strap that helps to spread the weight over a wide area.
It is designed with a genuine, soft sheepskin lining that gets rid of any discomfort you may feel from the hard edges of your firearm.
The Apache Ankle Rig is versatile and can be used for both semi-automatics and revolvers. It was designed to hold small, medium, and large frame semi-automatics and small frame revolvers. If you are right-handed, you will need to order the right-handed holster which will attach to the inside of your left ankle.
It also features an adjustable hook and loop thumb snap, plus an elastic design that holds your firearm snuggled up against your ankle for an extra degree of concealment. The DeSantis Apache Ankle Rig is a secure and durable concealed ankle holster for your handgun.
- Has a comfortable belly band
- Well-made and durable
- Hardly noticeable and it conceals well
- Add on ankle holster can be uncomfortable for some
- Ankle holster has a square design so doesn’t fit around your ankle well
Other Great Holsters for the Walther CCP
For a unique holster, the DeSantis Mini Scabbard will not disappoint. It has a simple, open top design that comes in either tan or black leather. This right handed OWB holster fits belts up to 1.5″ wide, and it is recommended that you buy a good gun belt to help keep it secure when you are carrying it.
The Desantis Mini Scabbard gives you a sure grip due to the exact molding and the tension device that is adjustable. This holster has the barest of essentials, but it still features quality leather construction that sites on your belt comfortably while securely holding your firearm.
- Well worth the price tag
- Good quality and design
- Durable, well-made, and functional
- Not very fancy, but does the job
This is a tuckable holster that has an adjustable cant, and it offers extra Kydex half-bodies for different weapons. This isn’t the most attractive holster since the fasteners aren’t covered, but it does the job and saves you some money.
The same Kydex clips that are found on the Comp-Tac CTAC holster are also found on the Spartan Holster. The holster body is offset with the clips so that it is easily concealed when your shirt is tucked in between your pants and the holster.
You can also use this holster with guns of different lengths when you use the “Slide” version. Typically longer than the shortest gun of the series, the Slide is left open so the extra length of the barrel on long guns can slide into the end of the holster.
The Comp-Tac Spartan Holster is a good IWB with a slim profile that has both adjustable cant and ride depth. It also comes with two attached 1.5″ black standard clips.
- Easy height adjustment
- Very strong and secure
- Has a small footprint
- Could be more comfortable for some users
This highly concealable carry holster is another one of the fine products produced by DeSantis who never sacrifices on gun handling and safety.
- Holds guns securely
- Comfortable to wear
- Good service and it fits perfectly
- Gun can fall out when you bend over if you are not careful