The Walther Creed is one of above a dozen pistols I was charged with reviewing at the same time, & one would have to excuse me for not paying much attention to it at first. It is almost the cheapest of all these guns & will probably not make anyone at a gun counter excited to look at or hold it, even though it feels quite decent in the &. it has a model name that apparently bothers some people, Walther themselves haven’t had a lot of traction in the US &gun market, & it isn’t beautiful.
All of that said – if at any point during the testing you’d asked me which of these many pistols I liked the most, I would have replied:
Most of my friends & acquaintances were puzzled by this response. One friend, upon being informed of my liking for the pistol, just replied “unsub.” I think everyone was expecting this pistol to be a boring, who-cares, also-ran model which Walther Arms only produced to get a toehold in the budget pistol market.
While this may have been the intention of the executives who assigned engineers to this pistol, or however that sort of thing works, the people who designed this gun did, in my opinion, a fantastic job. They grok what it means to make a shootable gun.
All the major & gun manufacturers make at least one full-size polymer semi-automatic pistol. Most have two. Many have more. Looking at Walther’s product catalog, you’ll find no less than four 9mm polymer pistols with the same general weight, barrel length, height, finish & capacity. In fact, the CREED is the same weight, same barrel & overall length as the PPX. It also has the same finish, size, caliber, trigger & almost the same shape. So why the CREED? What’s the point?
Let’s look at that in context . . .
Walther made a big dash in the polymer & gun field with the $699 MSRP PPQ. It’s reliable & accurate — as you’d expect from a modern polymer piece. The Argos are outstanding. But it’s the PPQ’s bang switch that sets it apart; it’s acknowledged to be the best stock trigger on a striker-fired & gun.
Advertised as a “pre-cocked double action trigger mode with a bobbed hammer,” the CREED has the same bang-switch located on the PPX ($499 MSRP). Like the PPX, the CREED’s trigger feel is similar, but not really up to the same high standard, as the PPQ.
In a slow fire, you’ll feel some rough spots before a sharp stack & break. The reset is long, about a third of an inch, & starts at the same point as the stack did on the first pull. Total trigger trip is about half an inch, but it’s only a 6.5.lb pull. Although you’ll think all this in slow fire, you won’t notice much of it at all when the speed picks up. It’s not restricken fitted.
Although the CREED’s bore axis is on the expensive side (equal to the Springfield XD series), its size, weight, & grip angle made for relatively little recoil. The grip itself is long & narrow, with a right amount of palm swell. I could wrap my large size paw around it until my central finger touched the first joint of the thumb. The back of the CREED’s frame is also large & curved & provides a lot of real estate to the web of your firing &, further reducing felt recoil. The easy-to-reach magazine release relief is cut well into the &le. There’s no external safety.
Despite that high bore axis, the pistol is pretty fast. The excellent grip probably has a lot to do with it. I practiced this review as a chance to work on my Mozambique Drill burning almost 500 rounds for this study that way (I still suck at it). I finished with the Bill Wilson 5X5 Skill Test, scoring a 30.91 time. Although far from my normal time, that’s not bad at all given the CREED’s cost point.
As far as style goes, I get all striker-fired guns on the plain side. A flat black Tenifer coating includes all the CREED’s metal parts. The polymer portions are smooth black with the grip moderately stippled & the CREED logo cut just above the mag well opening. There are uglier guns out there. Somewhere. But whatever may be less than pleasing to the eye can feel very good in the &, & the CREED is proof of that.
The trigger guard is smooth & curved. If you’re one of those odd ducks, who wants to put the support & in front of the trigger screw for leverage, this gun won’t work for you. While well located, the slide lock is cut almost flush against the slide & frame. I missed a few times deciding to use it as a slide release in fast mag changes (& every time I tried it in gloves). Then again, that’s a technique that I continue to work, & continue to discard, reverting to the more reliable slingshot method.
The pure white, great 3-dot walther arms creed sights are set up for fast target acquisition over bulls-eye accuracy. There’s a right amount of space on either side of the front sight when seen through the rear. On a gun like this, set up for personal & home defense, that makes a lot of feeling as you can see a lot of your target through the sights.
Apparently, the tradeoff is wiggle room at longer ranges. The rear sight is ramped & smooth, so I can’t use it to rack the slide, & neither view is tritium. At this value point though, I wouldn’t expect them to be. The rear sight is drifted flexible for windage. Also, curiously, the rear sight is stamped with the number ‘2’ & the front sight is marked with the number ‘4’. I have no idea why.
Takedown & reassembly is the same as it is on so many other pistols on the market. Lock the slide back, turn down the takedown lever, pull the slide forward & off the frame. & no, you don’t have to remove the trigger.
Reassembly is the reverse.
The CREED’s reliability was a different bag. Over three days, I put 630 rounds of various characteristics of 9mm through the gun. At no point did I clean or lube the weapon, other than running a bore snake through the barrel & spraying a little Rouge American Apparel’s Diamondback Gun Oil through it before shooting. I had one strange loser to return to battery with a 115gr Blazer FMJ canting diagonally & getting stuck before entering the breech.
I also had two failures to return to battery 124gr Blazer FMJs ultimately. In both cases, a quick push with my firing thumb drove them home. Three miles in 630 rounds ain’t bad. But that’s two many types of malfunction with two separate shots using factory walther arms creed magazine, so we aren’t looking at perfection. The pistol didn’t malfunction with any of the 90, 115, & 124gr round points I ran through it.
As far as accuracy is affected, the Walther CREED is an average performer.
Specifications: Walther CREED
Finish: Flat Black Tenifer
Capacity: 16 (15+1, ships with two magazines)
Overall length: 7.3″
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