The other day, I was walking through C-A-L Ranch — which is essentially Wal-Mart for cowboys — and I made the mistake of going past the gun counter. To be honest, I need another gun about as much as my wife needs another kitchen gadget. However, as I was browsing the guns on display, I noticed the Walther Creed:
I own a lot of guns — Glocks, Smith & Wessons, Sig Sauers, Rugers and more — but I don’t own a single Walther.
The Walther Creed is a compact 9 mm handgun with the option of 16-round or 10-round capacity magazines. Weighing about 27 ounces when empty, the Creed has a reinforced polymer frame with a 4-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.3 inches. It also boasts a flat-black, anti-corrosive Tenifer finish; three-dot sights; a precocked, double-action trigger; and a bobbed hammer so the gun won’t snag when you draw it.
Now that you’re familiar with the specs, I want to share a few reasons why I love shooting this gun:
- Size: It really feels like this gun was designed to fit perfectly in your hand. It’s not too small or too big, so it can be used as a home-defense weapon or for concealed carry.
- Grip: Walther is known for producing firearms with exceptional ergonomics, and the Creed lives up to this reputation. The overall design affords you a good grip that should improve your overall accuracy. The rear of the frame also helps you achieve a solid grip, which will reduce recoil while still allowing you to manipulate the magazine release.
- Safety: There is no external safety on the Creed, but there are three integrated trigger safeties: two drop safeties and a firing pin block for safe carry.
This brings me to one of the most important factors when choosing a new gun: the trigger pull. The truth is many less expensive guns have cheap triggers, meaning the trigger pull is too light, feels inconsistent and sticks in places.
That being said, one aspect of the Creed that I really like is the smoothness of the trigger pull throughout the entire range of motion — which is a hallmark of firearms produced by Walther.
The Creed has a double-action trigger system with a 6.5-pound trigger pull, meaning it requires 6.5 pounds of pressure to pull the trigger back until it releases the hammer. The Creed also features an ambidextrous magazine release.
If you’re a big gun person like me, then you know it’s a great time to buy a new gun. The Walther Creed normally sells for around $399 new, but right now you can find it for around $350.
In previous years, gun prices seemed to be going up, but under our new president, prices have been steadily dropping. Clearly, fewer Americans are concerned about increasing gun restrictions, which has slowed gun sales. Recently, I was talking to a friend who owns and operates a gun shop and his exact words to me were, “The gun market is in a recession.”
So whether you are a new shooter or have been shooting for years, I recommend checking out the Walther Creed. Walther has been producing quality firearms for over 100 years, but they really impressed me with the Creed. You simply can’t beat the value of this reasonably priced handgun.