The Walther Creed at first glance looks to be an oversized PPQ. But when you see the price tag, you may find the urge to get one. I got my Creed for a mere $344 at my local gun shop. I had to have it special ordered since it is still just now getting out to distributors in large numbers to where people can begin to get them. This Beauty stands at 5.6″ tall with a 16 round capacity, for under $400, yet carries the Walther name.
The Walther Creed is the latest evolution of budget friendly Walther pistols to hit the market. Previously you had the PPX, which is practically the same in weight and mechanics, but not quite in presentation. The Creed however seems to have adopted alot of the PPX internals, which I think is very smart. Even the magazines are interchangeable between the two pistols. In my testing, I found the PPX to have some of the most robust internals. No reason to change when the PPX proved to be very durable, despite its ‘Hi-Point’ profile, which initially turned off alot of potential buyers.
The recoil spring of the Creed is the same design as the PPX where the spring is captive on the polymer guide rod by two spring cups that resemble the striker spring cups on the Glock. The barrel on the Creed is 4″ and adopts the same barrel design as the PPX where it is made of several components. And yes, it can safely fire a steady diet of +P ammo. Walther warns that it accelerates wear in all their firearms, but will tell you that it is fine to use in this, and all of their other pistols.
There are a few things that the Creed does have that the PPX did not have, just from a quick look. The first thing is that the pistol adopts the profile of the PPQ, which is just more visually pleasing overall.
The disassembly lever, slide stop, and mag release all seem to be lower in profile more secure.
The hammer on the Creed is noticeably smaller than the PPX, which was almost as long as the slide was tall. The Creed seems to utilize the full stroke of the smaller hammer, unlike the PPX that used a bigger hammer.
The grip seems to actually be a step up from the PPX. Though you can not switch out the backstraps, the grip seems to be an improvement. The finger grooves are a bit more subtle, and the palm swell is not as aggressive. The texturing seems to be a bit less aggressive, but covers more real estate.
The Walther Creed has a few other minute differences from the PPX that really give a more refined, and well thought out appearance. But I will save it for a more detailed comparison once I have had the opportunity to run this beauty through it’s paces. I am very excited to have my Creed, and so impressed that a pistol like this comes for under $400.