Walther Arms has a fairly lengthy and illustrious history in the handgun world with its development and production of classic designs such as the manufacturer's PP series pistols, the venerable P38, the P99 and many others. In recent years, however, the company has turned its attention almost exclusively toward polymer-framed pistols and the ever-burgeoning concealed carry market.
It is in that spirit that Walther introduced the Creed pistol back in 2016. The polymer-framed Creed, priced at $399, featured a pre-cocked double-action trigger and most of the features you'd expect on polymer-framed guns costing $100 to $200 more.
During this year's Industry Day at the Range ahead of the 2017 SHOT Show, I was able to put a few mags through the Walther Creed. I can't offer a full review, but I can present some general first impressions.
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One of the things I've always appreciated about Walther pistols is how they feel in the hand, and the Creed is no exception. The ergonomically designed grips on most of Walther's pistols have always felt grippy to me without being textured to the point where extensive shooting induces discomfort, and the contours generally seem to fit my hands very well. The same is true of the Walther Creed, and although I only ran a few magazines through the gun, I feel confident that I could've shot it all day without becoming uncomfortable.
The Creed's pre-cocked double-action trigger also felt perfectly fine and in line with similar polymer-framed pistols. The pull was pretty smooth, and I didn't have much trouble hitting the steel targets set up downrange. I wasn't able to measure the weight of the trigger pull; however, Walther lists it as approximately 6.5 pounds on the company's website – again, plenty adequate for a pistol designed for carry or general range use.
Speaking of carry, the Walther Creed features a bobbed hammer for no-snag drawing from concealment. Obviously, I didn't get a chance to test this feature, but it should certainly be a consideration for those looking for a carry piece.
On a similar note, the gun utilizes low-profile, steel three-dot sights, which should also help on the draw. These, too, are plenty sufficient, and I had no trouble using them at the range.
Other features on the new Walther Creed include an ambidextrous magazine release, front and rear cocking serrations for slide manipulation and an extended slide stop lever for easier operation, even when wearing gloves. Every metal component on the Creed is also treated with Tenifer coating for a corrosion- and abrasion-resistant, matte black hardened surface.
The Creed is available in 9mm and comes with a 4-inch barrel with a 1:10 twist. Capacity is 16 rounds, and the gun ships with two magazines. Overall length is 7.3 inches, and weight with an empty mag is listed at 26.6 ounces.
The MSRP on the new Walther Creed is $399. For more information, check out the specifications below or visit the Walther Arms website.
Type: Semi-auto, pre-cocked double action
Barrel: 4 in.
Overall Length: 7.3 in.
Height: 5.6 in.
Width: 1.3 in.
Weight: 26.6 oz. (empty mag)
Sights: Three-dot, low profile
Trigger: 6.5 lbs.
Finish: Tenifer black
Capacity: 16 rounds
Manufacturer: Walther Arms