WALTHER CCP M2 .380 Pistol

The newest offering from Walther for concealed carry is the CCP chambered in .380. This makes it a direct challenger to the venerable PPK/S handgun. The original CCP was in 9mm.

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The CCP, however, uses a delayed gas blowback system similar to that of the old Heckler & Koch P7 to mitigate recoil (what they call the SoftCoil system.) This allows a fixed barrel which gives the pistol good accuracy and control. The magazine takes eight rounds. Thedownside to an otherwise excellent package is the long trigger pull and reset. For those used to some of the modern handguns, and especially Walther’s superlative triggers on the PPQ and Q variants, it’s loooooong and makes for slower follow up shots, or more jerky ones, affecting accuracy. Operation is flawless with most types of ammunition.

The pistol is well designed to fit the hand and is almost as comfortable as the PPQ (maybe more so for smaller hands.) The grip is textured for decent grip, and is a bit taller in the grip than the PPK/s, otherwise they are almost the same size. The CCP also has a curious take down system due to the gas system, requiring the shooter to push on the plate over the striker and flip a small switch to allow the pistol to be taken down. Putting it back together is a bit tricky at first, trying to line up the piston to its seat.

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Fired side by side, the .380 version has almost no recoil and is easy to handle, as well as slightly lighter. Size-wise, they are almost identical save for a hair’s lighter frame for the .380, with an 8 round magazine for both. Shooters will notice after extended time firing (30+ rounds on the 9mm, 50+ on the .380) that the frame gets quite warm directly above the trigger finger — where the gas pistol is positioned — much like the old H&K P7.

PM: +1   S/R: 2   AMMO: 8   DC: E   CLOS: 0-3   LONG: 9-12   CON:-1   JAM: 99+   DRAW: +1   RL: 1   COST: $400

GM Information: The 9mm version has the same specifications as the .380.

(The trigger on the new CCP isn’t gritty or heavy, but it is long, with a tragically long reset that is vague and unlike the other Walther products, not audible. Otherwise, it’s an accurate little shooter with very mild recoil and an easy slide to manipulate for weak or arthritic hands. SCR)

Introduced in 2017, the P-10-C is the latest striker-fired offering from Česká zbrojovka or CZ, the famed (and highly underrated) firearms manufacturer in the Czech Republic. It is slightly larger and heavier that the popular Glock 19, but with a more natural grip angle that makes for more comfortable shooting and better accuracy than its Austrian competitor.

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The P-10 series has a polymer frame with interchangeable backstraps for different sized hands, highly aggressive grooving to aid in control of the pistol in wet conditions, and an ambidextrous magazine release and slide stop. It also has a similar trigger safety to the Glock pistol, and a firing pin block that prevents the pistol from accidental discharge. Unlike other CZ pistols it does not feature a magazine disconnect safety that renders the pistol safe when a magazine is out of the gun. The barrel is stoutly designed with a black nitride finish that is weather and water-resistant, and the slide rails are all-metal, not metal pin embedded in the polymer, unlike the similar PPQ or Glocks. Robust would be an excellent word for the build quality. The trigger press is four and a half pounds with a reset comparably short as that of the Walther PPQ and with an audible reset. This makes the pistol very quick for follow up shots, but can lead to accidental second shots for those unused to the reset.

If can be had in 9x19mm and .40 S&W.

PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 15   DC: F    CLOS: 0-4   LONG: 10-18   CON: +1   JAM: 99+   RL: 1   COST: $550

GM Information: In .40, the P-10-C has an S/R of 2 and a AMMO of 12.

Black Campbell comments: This is one of the better striker fired pistols I’ve shot. The trigger is damned close to as good as the Walther PPQ, which is hands-down the best out of the box, and as good — if not better than — aftermarket triggers for any striker fired pistol. I find you have to use your first joint on the trigger, rather than the middle of your trigger finger pad, when shooting, but that could just be me. The grip is aggressive but the pistol doesn’t squirrel around in your hand, which some of the old CZ-75s could. It seems to like 124-grain ammo the best; 115 shoots a bit high. Accuracy seems to tighten a bit at longer ranges (20-30m). 

The James Bond: 007 Role Playing Game was written back in the early 1980s, and while it remains an excellent engine for espionage roleplaying, some of the mechanics are getting a bit like Roger Moore in A View to a Kill — a bit too long in the tooth.

One thing I’ve noted is that the firearms damage ratings, much like the structure points for electronic do-dads and performance modifiers for modern vehicles, do not take into account well the serious improvements in technology. I thought I would address the first in this post.

There’s one way to correct for this: hit the interwebz and find out what the ammunition the character is using has for muzzle energy. For instance, most modern 9mm is going to be running in the 330-360 ft/lbs. range. Using the Q Manual as a guide, you’ll see that most 9mm firearms of service weapon size (4″ to 5″ barrels) should be throwing lead with a DC of G. The Walther PPK in either .32 or .380 would have an E. Both 10mm and .40S&W run in the H range, etc… +P and other hot loads push this even further, but should lower the S/R by at least one due to recoil, and depending on the weapon, might increase the JAM rating, as the weapon takes a heavier beating than was intended.

For instance, running .32 +P through a Kel-Tec P32 is pretty inadvisable. It might do alright for the occasional firefight, but a steady diet with kill the weapon pretty fast. You might kick the JAM from a 98+ to a 97+ and add a GM Information tag that the weapons suffers a malfunction on 99 and 100, instead of just 100. Another good rule of thumb is that if the pistol has longer than a 3″ barrel, bump the DC up one. This holds pretty true for rifles, as well.

Now if game balance is your thing, you might find a close analogue to a weapon being used in the Q Manual or Black Campbell’s own Q2 Manual (and yeah, you’ll find it pirated on other sites…it’s my work) and riff on that. I’m planning a new gear manual in the future that addresses some of the changes the world has wrought on this venerable game system.

My new acquisition made me check the blog to see if I had covered this before, a lo! I had not. So without further ado…

Walther PPQ 9mm

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Introduced in 2011 as a follow on to the P99, the new PolizeiPistole Quick Defence, or Police Pistol, Quick in English is a 9mm striker-fired semiautomatic pistol with a 15 round capacity. Unlike the P99, there is no “single action” mode, rather the pistol functions similarly to most striker fired pistols. The trigger safety is modeled on the Glock, with a small trigger lock that is depressed when the trigger is pulled, but which should not catch on clothing and cause an accidental discharge. This trigger is exceptional for a striker pistol — the weight is about four pounds, with an incredibly short reset that makes it is very fast to string follow up shots. The polymer frame is topped by a heavy slide which mitigates much of the felt recoil, and the grips have palm swells with slight finger grooving to improve handling. The backstrap is interchangeable with three different sizes to adjust for the shooter’s hand size. The magazine release was originally a German styled paddle on the trigger guard (now the M1 version), and a later M2 release swapped this for the American-style magazine release…because learning a very easy manual arms was too hard. Extended ambidextrous slide releases and large gripping grooves on the slide make this easy to use with gloves and along with the paddle-style magazine release make it easy to use with either hand.

The accuracy of the pistol, out of the box, is hard to beat, and the speed and ease of follow up fire makes this an excellent combat handgun. The grip shape and thin width of the weapon make it easy to conceal. Magazines with longer buttplates allow for a 17 round capacity.

PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 15   DC: F    CLOS: 0-3   LONG: 8-18   CON: +1   JAM: 99+   RL: 1   COST: $550

GM Information: With the extended magazines, the AMMO is 17 and CON: 0.

In .40S&W the PPQ stats are as follows:

PM: 0   S/R: 2   AMMO: 12   DC: G   CLOS: 0-3   LONG 8-19   CON: +1   JAM: 99+   RL: 1

Black Campbell comments: This is, hands-down, the single best handgun I’ve ever used in 30ish years of shooting. The trigger is on par with the 1911 for crispness and reset, the accuracy is top-notch out to about 30 yards. (Free standing, I did a sub 3″ group last week!) The ergonomics can’t be beat, and the size and shape of the pistol, being on par with the Glock 19, but more rounded and thinner hides well and comfortably in an IWB holster. I cannot recommend this Walther enough. If you don’t like the German-style magazine release on the trigger guard (and I’m a leftie, so it worked much better for me), there’s the M2 version that has the usual American-style “bullet button”.

HUDSON H9 9mm

Hudson manufacturing in Temple, Texas wanted to combine the best features of the old 1911, striker fired pistols, and create a firearm with a very low bore axis to aid in mitigating recoil and muzzle flip. they succeeded with the H9, a 15 round 9mm semi-automatic with a crisp, straight-pull trigger, excellent grip angle, and a unique locking system that helped get the recoil impulse channeled into the shooter’s hand. The result is a highly accurate pistol capable of quick follow-up shots. The weight of the pistol is on par with a 1911 or CZ-75 steel service firearm, but it does have a larger front end. The Hudson features an accessory rail for tactical light or laser on the underside of the recoil spring chamber, and it uses the easy to find S&W 5906 magazines.

Hudson_1.jpgPM: +2   S/R: 3   AMMO: 15   DC: F   CLOS: 0-4   LONG: 12-18   CON: +1   JAM: 99   DRAW: -1 COST: $1200

Note: Aaaaaand like all good things, this too shall pass. Hudson has declared bankruptcy, which is a damned shame, because I got to shoot one of these and it was fantastic. Keep an eye peeled; the prices will plummet, then tick up hard in a few years as they become a collector’s item, like the Bren Ten.

I previously posted on the SIG_Sauer P320, the handgun platform that the new M17 Modular Handgun System is based on, but with the official acceptance of the M17 by all of the US services as the replacement to the M9, I figured I’d give it another showing…

The new M17 MHS is based on the P320 family of handgun and features interchangeable grip modules and panels, has suppressor support with a threaded barrel, interchangeable slide lengths, and an integral optics mounting plate and a rail system. Instead of the double/single action hammer-fired mechanism of the M9 pistol, the M17 uses a much simpler striker-fired design pioneered by the Glock.

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M17 Modular Handgun System 9mm — PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 17   DC: F   CLOS: 0-6   LONG: 12-18   CON: +1   JAM: 98+   DRAW: 0   RL: 1   COST: $700

Here’s a little something from the way-back machine for those of you who set your campaign in the classic era of the early Cold War. The Maserati A6 was a fantastic example of Italian grand touring cars from the 1950s, and was a popular platform for taking a car and having custom coachwork made for it. The most popular variant for this was the A6G two-seater coupe, which had bodies from Zagato, Pininfarina, Pietro Frua, and Ghia, to name a few.

Made from 1949 to 1956, it featured a 1.5 liter, and later a 2 liter inline-six cylinder motor that turned out between 80 and 100hp, depending on the model year. The 2L version was used in the A6GCS and produced 170hp that, through a 4-speed manual transmission, had a top speed of about 130mph.1024px-Maserati_A6G_2000_Zagato_white_vl_TCE.jpg1953 Maserati A6GCS

The car above is a prime example of a Zagato-bodied A6GCS with the larger motor.

PM: +1   RED: 5   CRUS: 60   MAX: 130   RNG: 200   FCE: 2   STR: 5   COST: (new) $2,050; (in 2017) ~$2.3 million