Review: Walther Creed 9mm Pistol

Walther Creed 9mm pistol left with spare magazine on bed of rocks

The new face of Walther is far more than just a legacy of James Bond’s Walther PPK but a company offering real innovation. The company has leapt into cutting edge designs, which some gun buyers get right away like the fabulous little PPS M1 and M2. Other designs are a bit tougher to understand for the seasoned shooter… that is until they handle them.

Walther Creed 9mm pistol right with a spare magazine and boxes of ammunition
The old PPX was blocky. The new Creed overhauls the PPX design into a sleeker sexier design.

The PPX was one of those guns which could not be fully appreciated until it was handled, gripped, shot, and then really driven the living crap out of it. The PPX was probably the best values on the market, but most shooters felt the blocky looking PPX was not a particularly pretty gun and visually it looked huge. The PPX worked awesome and felt great and was street priced under $400 but it needed a facelift to keep pace with shooter expectations. Walther heard the feedback and retooled the PPX into the Creed, which is essentially a resurfaced and less expensive PPX with the pleasing look and feel of a PPQ. With a very well done remodel of the PPX into the new Creed, the Creed is likely to be a very hot selling gun for 2017 considering the PPX magazines are 100% compatible with the new Walther Creed.

Walther Creed

When I interviewed the Walther team at the 2013 SHOT (Shooting Hunting & Outdoor Trade) show about why a sub $400 Walther was created and now competing amidst their own line of premium $600-$800 Walther firearms. The response was the same as this year regarding the Creed, Kevin Wilkerson Walther Marketing:

“The PPX and Creed models were developed so we could provide a full length, full sized and fully featured Walther at a value price. We really didn’t have a feature rich gun at a value price. The PPX did well in the market as will the Creed. We didn’t sacrifice quality in making the PPX or Creed just some of the features that add a lot of cost. With so many new shooters coming into the sport, we wanted those folks who were just learning to shoot to be able to have a quality firearm with a lot of features at a price they could live with.”

After testing, it is now my perspective that this might be the best value in a home defense/full-sized handgun a first time buyer could reach for if price is a primary consideration. The Creed delivers top quality customer expect from Walther.

Like the PPX, the Creed has a few features, which well-seasoned shooters will appreciate but are useful for the newer or less practiced shooter. New shooters have a very hard time developing proper trigger control and pull. The Walther pre-cocked double action trigger helps easily develop and train good trigger habits with a clearly defined but very soft initial trigger pull take-up followed by a crisp second stage break. This trains new shooters to start thinking about proper trigger staging instead of trigger slapping. Many firearms have dubious feeling stacking trigger stages, which can be tough for even great shooters to control. The trigger delivers confidence to a new shooter.

Close up of the Walther Creed pistol grip including logo
The Creed carries like a PPQ style with ergonomics and looks to match.

The overall design feels extremely comfortable in the hand, and the updated Creed design makes me think that I actually have a high end PPQ in my hands. I am a firm believer that a defensive firearm should not have any external safeties as I have seen shooters forget to disengage them or accidentally engage them during high stress drills. The Creed design did it right and integrated the three safeties into the trigger actuated firing control. If you want a safe gun, leave the chamber empty and draw, charge, and fire, per the Israeli Mossad method.

This brings up another point; the Creed is super easy and smooth to charge due to the ergonomics and smooth action. The simple but effective 3-dot sight system has become industry standard and provide the beginner the perfect sight system to learn by. The gun is very accurate as well, however it is the maintenance, which I think, is targeted perfectly to the novice.

To disassemble the gun for routine cleaning, simply lock back the slide with an empty magazine in the gun and turn the take down lever and then hit the slide release and the slide will slip right off. Pull off the captured slide spring, lift out the barrel, and the parts are ready for cleaning. To reinstall the slide, simply reassemble the barrel, spring and hold down the slide release then slip on the slide, lock it back, and flip the takedown lever back. The new user does not have to deal with any three handed, align this slot with that pin or mark stuff, and then drive out a pin which is held in place by the force of God… just lock back the slide on the Creed and flip the take down lever. Everything about this gun screams “make it easy on the newbie” and gives the pros an inexpensive gun to fall in love with and beat on for not a lot of money.

Disassembled Walther Creed pistol with two boxes of ammunition
The Creed disassembles easily with just an empty magazine and flipping the take down switch

Fit, Finish, Feel, & Features

Side by side testing of a Creed and PPQ confirms there is only a slight difference in feel and fit between the notably different priced guns. It still has all the super precise molding, highly detailed grip texturing, and the metal parts are all still finished with a durable Tenifer finish just like the rest of the higher and lineup.

So why is the gun less expensive if it looks and feels like Walther’s higher and models? Walther noted the pre-cocked double action trigger is less expensive to produce and assemble than the striker fired models. The absence of the interchangeable/adjustable grips and no ambidextrous controls greatly reduce manufacturing costs as well. Add in a stamped vs. milled slide release and a few other polymer based internal parts and you have a $400 street priced gun that would seem to perform terrifically well all wrapped up in a very easy-to-use ergonomic format.

Though from a distance and pictures the Creed looks pretty much the same as the PPQ, but the Creed deceptively looks more like the larger heavier brother but it really is not. It is a little longer, heavier and taller. The visual bulkiness apparent on the PPX is concealed well on the Creed due to the overall redesign.

Where most manufactures have focused on exclusively standard striker fired designs, Walther has developed a “Pre-cocked double action” firing control system which blends the best of striker- and hammer-fired mechanism. Like nearly every striker-fired system, the striker/hammer is partially pre-cocked by either manually cycling the pistol or automatically pre-cocking after a round is fired. In this case, the Creed has a small snag-free hammer, which is partially pre-cocked just like a striker would be. As the trigger is depressed, the three internal safeties are disengaged, the hammer is pushed to a fully cocked state (extending only ¼ inch from the rear of the gun) and the hammer hits the firing pin to detonate the round. The end result is a handgun with an awesome trigger pulls… probably the best of any striker fired or pre-cocked firearm I have handled. It has a definitive ½ -inch of take-up and then a sharp crisp 6.1-pound break. Greatly improving the trigger feel was a primary reason Walther decided to move to this Pre-Cocked double-action hammer-fired design.

Walther Creed 9mm pistol left with spare magazine on bed of rocks

The features of the new Creed are impressive; steel three-dot steel sights, 16+1 round capacity, a 360 degree beveled chamber for reliability, 2-magazines are included with a hard TSA approved case, 1913 spec Picatinny accessory rail, front and rear slide serrations, excellent grip texturing, and even a reversible magazine release for all the lefties out there.

Functions & Accuracy

Functionally the Creed shot and spit out over 400 rounds of my worst reloads. The Creed slipped into my Glock 19 Crossbreed Supertuck holster for testing just fine.

Federal and Hornady were nice enough to spare me a few rounds of really nice defensive ammo for accuracy testing after I burnt up 400 rounds. The PPX is very accurate for a defensive semi-auto 9mm. With the Federal Guard Dog, and Standard Hollow points, and Hornady defensive rounds, I was able to consistently deliver 1.25” 25-yard groups off the sand bags. At defensive 7-yard distances, I was able to essentially deliver single, ragged-hole groups during slow controlled offhand shots. Definitely what sets this gun apart and enables the accuracy is that incredible trigger and firing control mechanism. Walther may have focused on developing a great defensive handgun, however I may have to hunt rabbits this year with this 9mm.

Final Thoughts

For under $400 the Creed is arguably one of the best gun values on the market. It delivers superb quality and features well above many standard firearms lines with proven Walther reliability and accuracy. Everything you would expect from Walther. The Creed was a significant makeover from the legacy PPX improving look and ergonomics while preserving all the great aspects of the original design.


Walther Creed
Caliber: 9mm
Finish: Black
Trigger Pull: 6.1 pounds
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Capacity: 16 rnds
Overall Length: 7.3 inches
Height: 5.6 inches
Width: (B2 = Slide) 1.3″ B2 = 1.14″
Sight Radius: 6.3 inches
Weight: 1.7 pounds
MSRP: $399
Additional Features:
  • Low profile three dot polymer combat sights – (Note mine were metal)
  • Rapid aiming and target acquisition. Rear sight drift adjustable for windage.
  • Tenifer coated slide and barrel – Resists corrosion
  • Loaded chamber viewport
  • Front and rear slide serrations
  • Hammer fired action
  • Slide locks back on empty. Slide stop is extended for easy gloved operation.
  • 3 safeties – Two drop safeties and a firing pin block for safe carry.
  • Ergonomic Walther grip
  • Reversible push button thumb-operated magazine release
  • Constant 6.5 lb. trigger pull
  • Mil-std-1913 Picatinny accessory mounting rail
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The price, quality, and performance of the Walther Creed look to be pretty hard to beat. What have your experiences with Walther pistols or the Creed been? Is the Creed a pistol in your future? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (29)

  1. The gentleman talking about saving up for a sig best wait the yr after so all the recalls are fixed.
    I own the ppx, is it pretty no but the reliable and straight shooting makes up for it. And don’t forget 17 round capacity.

  2. Mr. Kent: If there is one thing you’re not, it’s Superman; Lois Lane, perhaps, but certainly not Superman. That is evidenced by your limited intelligence and use of coarse language. Let me be as charitable as I can: You’re merely a guttersnipe and deserve no explanation of any kind. Get lost, chump.

  3. Utter, complete and total BS. Just as many unintentional discharges occur during the attempt to load an empty chamber. Firearms safety resides BETWEEN THE EARS, not upon an empty chamber or the presence of a safety mechanism.

  4. I agree that a round in the chamber is only for those who’ve practiced (a lot) and who understand exactly how the gun functions. I make an exception for revolvers with some kind of transfer bar and a shrouded hammer. There’s simply no way short of pulling the DAO trigger to have a discharge.

    1. Firearms safety resides BETWEEN THE EARS; not upon a mechanical safety or an empty chamber. Off target, off trigger!

  5. A agree that this is a good pistol but I can’t stand that pretentious name, “Creed”. It’s almost as bad as Springfield Armory’s “Saint”.

  6. It’s too big and clunky, I should have bought a PPK while they made them, especially in stainless, my father got the TPH, which is a PPK in .25ACP, now they only sell the PPK in .22LR and not stainless. Why mess with perfection? I guess I’ll go with a Bersa.

    1. No matter what anyone else tells you, the 22 LR, 25 ACP and 32 ACP are WORTHLESS for self defense purposes. They all FAIL TO STOP THE LETHAL THREAT PRONTO.

  7. I have two Walther P-99c Anti-Stress pistols. To me, those are the best pistols on the market. Walther shouldn’t give up on those guns, that “double stage” trigger the P-99 Anti-Stress models have reduce the possibility of accidental discharges IMO. And the decocker built into the top of the slide is a great idea.

  8. This is simply a money grab for Walther – trying to replace the CCP which has such bad rap now. When this one fails they will come out with another model.

    Walther is no longer the quality once was – beware of positive reviews – CCP had one too!!

  9. I agree with Tarnished Copper. My son & I both bought the CCP. He’s had better luck than I. My gun has been back to Fort Smith 3 times, twice for “repair” and once for complete replacement, and now sits there again (along with my son’s gun) because of a somewhat mysterious general recall. It’s my first and last association with Walther. Just as the R-51 has ruined the Remington name, this “innovative” CCP has trashed totally the Walther name. My advice? Stay away from the Creed and all other products from Fort Smith. Save a while longer & buy something from SIG, because, my friends, you get what you pay for.

  10. How can you write an entire review without telling us what the frame material is? It would seem to be yet another polymer frame POS.

    1. If you think a Glock is a ‘polymer POS’ I have a bridge in New York city I would like to sell you.

  11. Im starting to believe the desiner of todays walther guns might be the same designer that created HI Point pistols. Walther’s peak of good looks was the 1996 original P99. Now they have continually been ruining the handsone features of their guns like the round trigger guards, the weird taper where the trigger guard meets the picitinny rail, they make the slides less and less sharp looking, less machining. Each year their pistols look queerer and queerer.

  12. But no external safety and no decocker? I was floored when I first saw one and the price. I immediately called my gunsmith to get his thoughts on the Creed model. It does look and feel good. I didn’t know about the polymer parts or the action which the article is correct, it would make a good home defense or range beater. But newbie gun would worry me without a safety. They should learn to operate the controls of a gun from the start and this one doesn’t really have any.

    1. Firearms safety with ANY firearm resides BETWEEN THE EARS OF THE OPERATOR, not on any manual mechanism.

  13. I have a PPQ which I like very much, so I figured that when I saw a Creed for almost half of what the PPQ was selling, I popped for it at a local gun show. The Creed has the same operating system as the PPX, which I also picked up for a nice price at another local gun show. So…..with the PPQ, the PPX, and the Creed, I am having a pretty good time comparing them. Oh yeah, I also got a CCP a while back, and it makes for a nice little pocket pistol. So…..along with my P38 and my PPK/S I have the Walther field pretty well covered……for now, anyway.

  14. And what do you think the threat will be doing while you draw and then charge your gun ? I say they will shoot you with the gun they already have

    1. Ordinary folks should NOT carry a round in the chamber. A chambered round is an accident waiting to happen. Only the very experienced, such as LEO, and those in combat zones, should carry round chambered. I’ve seen too many unintentional discharges from ordinary folks to scare me shirt-less.

    2. Utter, complete and total BS. Many unintentional discharges occur when attempting to load the chamber. Firearm safety resides BETWEEN THE EARS, not upon an empty chamber or the presence of a safety mechanism.

  15. Let’s see how long before they recall this model. Lets see the PPK/ PPKS, CCP, and PK380 have all been recalled now.

    That’s the kind of thing that happens when you try to improve on perfection and cheapen manufacturing.

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