Brand new semi auto Walther Creed chambered in 9mm. This Creed features a firing pin safety & drop safety, a black finish, a 4 inch barrel, low profile 3 dot metal sights (rear adjustable for windage), two 16 round magazines, ergonomic Walther black polymer grips, Tenifer coating on the slide and barrel, a smooth 6.5 pound trigger pull, a pre-cocked double-action trigger system and a bobbed hammer that ensure a no-snag draw from a concealment, a picatinny accessory rail, front and rear slide serrations, an ambidextrous magazine release, a reinforced polymer frame, a weight of 27 ounces, and an overall length of 7.3 inches. The new Walther Creed makes a statement in modern polymer-frame handguns that all of these features can be achieved with an economic price-tag.
WALTHER CREED 9MM
Featuring a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail, the Walther Creed 9mm Pistol boasts low-profile 3-dot sights and a double-action design. With front and rear slide serrations, this pistol is designed with a cross-directional grip and a concealed hammer.
Features and Benefits
Concealed hammer design
Double action with a 16-round capacity
Low-profile 3-dot sights
Firing pin and drop safeties
MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail
Front and rear slide serrations
Slide stop lever
Trigger pull (lb.): 6.5
Barrel length (in.): 4
Front sight: 3 dot
Product weight: 27 ounces (with empty magazine)
Product length (in.): 7.3
Manufacturer warranty – general: Lifetime limited
Magazine capacity: 16
Rear sight: 3 dot
What’s in the Box
Walther Creed 9mm Pistol
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Walther Creed, Semi-automatic Pistol, Double Action, 9mm, 4″ Barrel, Polymer Frame, Black Tenifer Finish, 16rd, 2 Magazines 2815516 Model: Creed Product Type: Double Action Finish/Color: Black Accessories: 2 Mags Frame/Material: Polymer Caliber: 9MM
Manufacturer: Walther Arms
Vendor: Approved FFL Dealer
The Creed is a polymer-frame pistol like the PPQ, P99 and other modern offerings from Walther. In fact, at first glance, you might think it is a PPQ. It comes with two 16-round magazines and is packed in a hard plastic case. It’s a full-size gun with a 4-inch barrel and a 7.3-inch overall length. The unloaded weight is 27 ounces.
That makes it about three-quarters of an inch shorter than the Glock 17, mostly because that Glock has a 4.5-inch barrel. It’s also two ounces heavier than the G17, but that’s not a bad thing when it comes to handling recoil.
The important metal stuff like the barrel and slide are Tenifer-treated for durability and corrosion resistance. You’ll also notice that the slide has cocking serrations in the front and the back. If you’re one to check the chamber by grasping the front of the slide, you’ll appreciate that feature. If you’re not, the serrations probably won’t get in your way.
The barrel and slide are Tenifer-treated for durability and corrosion resistance.author photo
The sights are standard three-dot in white. The dots have no tritium nor do they glow after exposed to light. However, the sight housings are both made of steel, so they’ll be plenty durable. The Creed does not offer interchangeable backstraps, so the grip size in the box is the size you live with. I’m not sure if I just don’t care or if my hands are universally sized, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually switched to a different backstrap on any of the pistols I’ve used. So, for me, that’s no big loss.
The operating controls are what you would expect for a pistol in this class. The generous magazine release button is installed on the left side of the frame just behind the trigger. Without adjusting my firing grip, I can easily reach the release and drop a magazine, so swaps are quick and it’s easy to get the first shot of a new magazine off quickly.
If you shoot left-handed, you can easily swap the magazine release button to the opposite side. There’s a takedown lever on the left side. That’s not ambidextrous nor does it need to be. To field strip the Creed, just remove the magazine, lock the slide back, and rotate the lever. The slide will come right off, and there is no need to press the trigger, which is a nice safety feature.
The grip extremely ergonomic with a not-too-aggressive texture pattern. The Creed also features a generous trigger guard and large operating controls.
Forward of the trigger guard, the frame has an accessory rail with two cross slots for attachment of your preferred lights and lasers.
When you start to press the trigger, a hammer appears out of the back end of the slide. It’s shaved, so there is no spur or way to cock it with your thumb. So, technically, this is a hammer-fired pistol which might imply that’s it’s a double-action. As a refresher, a double-action pistols do two things (hence the name double) when you press the trigger: they cock the hammer and then releases it to fire the shot. However, this design is a bit different. It uses a pre-cocked hammer. Here’s what that means for the shooter.
The Creed does not offer interchangeable backstraps, so the grip size in the box is the size you live with. When you press the trigger, since the hammer is pre-cocked, you don’t have to do all the work necessary to fully cock the hammer with your trigger finger. To put numbers behind that, normal double-action pistols require 10 to 12 pounds of trigger pressure for a double-action shot. The Creed, with its pre-cocked hammer, only requires 5.5 pounds.
Because of this design, there’s no ability to just press the trigger again if you hear a click instead of a bang, which is sometimes called second-strike capability and you can do with a DAO or DA/SA pistol (so it’s like shooting a striker-fired pistol in that regard).
While some people get all cranked up about having “second strike capability,” I could care less. In fact, to me, it’s a completely meaningless “feature.” When shooting a semi-automatic pistol, my instinctive response when hearing a click is to smack the magazine, rack the slide, and try again. Doing a second trigger press instead is a personal opinion preference, but I don’t see the lack of it as a big deal.
When you start to press the trigger on a Creed, a shaved hammer appears out of the back of the slide. But despite having a hammer, the Creed is not a double-action-only (DAO) pistol. Instead, it uses a pre-cocked hammer.author photo
Even when shooting a revolver, you’re not hitting the same cartridge again when you pull the trigger a second time – you’re in a sense “ejecting” the one that didn’t go bang by moving it out of the way.
The Creed has a generous accessory rail with two cross slots so you can lock lights or lasers right in the position you want.author photo
The trigger face itself is wide, about three-eighths of an inch, and smooth with rounded edges. It’s perfectly comfortable during longer shooting sessions – not like some other pistols that’ll give you blisters. I know, first-world problems.
Shooting and Accuracy Testing
The Creed is an exceptionally soft shooter. That extra couple of ounces on the overall weight, combined with the well-rounded grip profile, make this a comfortable gun.
The 9mm isn’t exactly an abusive monster of a caliber, but compared to some of the new polymer lightweight sub-compacts on the market, this one is a pleasure to shoot. You know how it goes, larger and heavier guns are usually easier (and more pleasant) to shoot, but perhaps not as pleasant to carry.
The author tested the Creed with this Comp-Tac International holster using the belt loop mount, which was rock solid. The International also comes with paddle and offset belt mounts. The offset kit is handy if you’re wearing additional gear.
For the accuracy test, the author mounted a Bushnell Elite 3500 Handgun scope using a UM Tactical Rail Mount and proceeded to shoot five-shot groups from 25 yards.author photo
These days, modern handguns are more accurate than most of us shooters, so the degree of mechanical accuracy isn’t a big problem. However, I do find that’s it’s a good indicator of general fit and attention to detail. If parts are precisely sized and placed, and of good quality, then that tends to show at the range with accuracy performance. Since most guns are more accurate than my eyes are at 25 yards, I mount a handgun scope using a UM Tactical Rail Mount when trying to shoot small groups. This nifty invention allows you to put a scope or red dot on just about any pistol with an accessory rail up front. Since the Creed has that, I was good to go. I stuck my trusty Bushnell Elite 3500 2-7x Scope on the Creed for testing. While it looks kind of “interesting,” it’s an effective way to see what a pistol can really do.