by B.B. Pelletier

Read the first part of my review of the Walther CP88 Tactical

Velocity
The temperature was 95 degrees. The first four Gamo Match pellets shot single-action through the chronograph registered an average of 392.7 f.p.s., with a high of 399.9 and a low of 383.8. The next four were fired double-action, with an average of 372.1, a high of 374.4 and a low of 369.0 That’s with a fresh CO2 powerlet.

For the benefit of all you velocity freaks, I shot a clip of Gamo Raptors. Single-action averaged 461.1 f.p.s., with a high of 469.4 and a low of 454.8. Double-action got an average of 431.7 f.p.s., with a high of 437.7 and a low of 426.4.

So, shooting single-action nets a little higher velocity than double-action, which is normal on Umarex airguns. The rated velocity of 393 is right on the money, although I tested the gun on a very warm day. The higher numbers with Raptors should be considered a benefit, as we sure don’t want manufacturers testing their guns with them and then using those numbers in advertising!

I got four clips of very powerful shots (32) and another 13 good shots for a total of 45 good shots from one powerlet. I expected a few more shots; but, for the velocity, 45 is fine.

What I like BEST about this pistol
What makes the CP88 Tactical a “tactical” model is the Walther red dot sight and a fake silencer/compensator. I unscrewed the fake can immediately, but the red dot sight is the best feature of this model. It’s well-made and very clear with lots of features not seen on red dots in this price range. For starters, it has the popular picture window style instead of a conventional optical tube. When Bushnell pioneered this look, they charged $500 for the pleasure of their company – Walther charges you about $85.

Then, there’s the switch that lets you enlarge the size of the dot! Most red dots get larger as the intensity of the light increases, but Walther keeps the intensity separate from the switch that enlarges the dot! That gives you more control of the sighting situation. This sight would be welcome on a firearm, as well as a pellet pistol.

The one drawback on the dot sight was that the elevation screw was mismarked, but that became evident the moment I adjusted it. The instructions in the dot sight manual that come with the gun were correct.

Trigger
The trigger on this pistol is really good. On single-action, it breaks cleanly at 6 lbs. but feels like 4. Double-action goes off at 7.5 and is as smooth as a fine DAO firearm pistol. The blade is quite wide and smooth, and that probably contributes to the good feel.

Grip
The P88 firearm has a double-stack magazine, so the grip is very wide and full. That carries over to the pellet pistol, and it feels as large as a Colt .45 even though it’s just a 9mm. That’s probably what spelled the end for the firearm, but in a pellet pistol, who cares?

Not quite finished yet. Tomorrow for sure.