Gun World - - Contents - By Clint Thomp­son

With this hand­gun, Walther shows its fun­da­men­tal be­lief that you should have a high-qual­ity hand­gun for un­der $400.

Many peo­ple, per­haps you are among them, are look­ing for a per­sonal-pro­tec­tion firearm; a firearm you can de­pend on. You have most likely set­tled on buy­ing a semi­auto pis­tol in .380 ACP or 9mm.

As you al­ready know, a firearm is just an­other tool, much like a ham­mer or screw­driver. But a firearm can be used for more than hunt­ing and self-pro­tec­tion. So, if you are con­sid­er­ing pur­chas­ing a per­sonal-pro­tec­tion firearm, you must first iden­tify what this tool is to be used for.

Are you go­ing to keep it for home pro­tec­tion, pro­tec­tion while trav­el­ing or for ev­ery­day carry? Some other uses could be for back­pack­ing, trail hik­ing or camp­ing. If this firearm is go­ing to be used to keep you and oth­ers safe, it should have suf­fi­cient power to get the job done.


As a pro­fes­sional law en­force­ment of­fi­cer who has served dur­ing chal­leng­ing times in Kosovo and Iraq, I strongly sug­gest that you buy a 9mm cal­iber—at min­i­mum. The .380 ACP is too small, in my opin­ion, for bat­tling bad guys but bet­ter than go­ing bare-knuck­les. On the other hand, the .40 S&W cal­iber is a lit­tle too ram­bunc­tious for a lot of shoot­ers.

For these rea­sons, I highly rec­om­mend a qual­ity 9mm cal­iber semi­auto pis­tol such as the Walther Creed.

Now, if you would like to be able to grab your CCW and walk out the door with it in your front jeans pocket, the Walther Creed is not for you. But if you would like to have a de­cent, full-sized semi­auto with which you can shoot tin cans and plas­tic milk jugs but still serves as a se­ri­ous de­fense tool, the Walther Creed is your pis­tol.

The Creed fit nicely in my av­er­age-sized hand. The er­gonomic, re­in­forced poly­mer frame made hold­ing and shoot­ing this pis­tol en­joy­able. The trig­ger de­sign is such that you must pull

The Creed is a new 9mm semi­auto 16-shot pis­tol from Walther. The over­all look does not vary much from other Walther semi­auto pis­tols. (Photo: Walther Arms, Inc.)

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