The Creed pistol has a much nicer slide assembly, drawing from Walther’s flagship PPQ, while maintaining the pre-cocked hammer-fired action of the PPX. Like the PPX and PPQ, the Creed is a mid-size double-stack service pistol chambered for 9mm Luger.
The PPX is Walther’s entry-level handgun. It’s built to be easy on the wallet with a simple design that minimizes machine time to reduce costs. The final product is rough-cut compared to the PPQ and other premium Walther products. It’s perfectly serviceable but not as elegant as other Walther handguns.
The PPX still has a lot going for it, not limited to the low price. It has a solid form factor with a 4-inch barrel and a 16+1 capacity in 9mm and it has a very nice trigger. The trigger is so smooth there are shooters who prefer the PPX trigger to the striker-fired PPQ trigger — even if the rest of the gun is less refined.
That’s where the Creed fits in. It marries Walther’s pre-set hammer-fired action with the good looks and curved surfaces of the company’s higher-end products.
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The Creed pistol’s slide is dehorned to minimize holster drag on the draw. The back of the slide and frame are rounded off for improved comfort carrying. The slide is serrated front and rear and comes standard with low-profile 3-dot sights. The hammer is bobbed and completely recessed to eliminate snagging.
The frame has been updated with a rounded trigger guard and fewer sharp corners in general. It still has the Walther grip contour and texture that’s made these guns so popular. The texture provides a positive grip but isn’t so rough that it makes the gun too uncomfortable to carry. The magazine catch is American-style with a reversible push button.
Like Walther’s other service pistols the Creed has a 4-inch barrel and a standard magazine capacity of 16 rounds. It’s also 7.3 inches long, 5.6 inches tall and 1.3 inches wide. And the trigger pull is rated the same as the PPX at 6.5 pounds. The slide and barrel sport a Tenifer finish.
One PPQ feature that’s absent from the Creed pistol is the backstrap system. The Creed, like the PPX, has a one-size-fits-all grip. Still, as far as ergonomics are concerned, Walther delivers some of the best. People tend to enjoy Walther’s pistols and shoot them well.
The Creed pistol is also like the PPX in another way: it’s price. The Creed has an MSRP of only $399.
It may seem like a small tweak to the company’s catalog but the Creed pistol is going to make a lot of Walther fans happy. And at that price, it’s going to make a lot of shooters new Walther owners.