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postheadericon [FIREARM REVIEW] Sig Sauer P250 – ‘Gone With The Wind’ Edition

In another review, I discussed a recent purchase and test of the Sig Sauer SP2022. The SP2022 marked Sig Sauer’s first move towards a polymer-style pistol. The P250 marked its first true step towards complete pistol modularity.

If you’re like any concealed carrier I’ve ever met that gets a funny look on his face after getting hit with a pop-marketing word like modularity, you’d naturally ask:

What the heck does modularity and why is the P250 so important?

If you’ve ever had a pistol you really, really like but unfortunately it’s only chambered in one caliber and only available in one size, you know the pain of having to switch to another pistol.

A modular design allows you to change any part of the pistol to whatever you need it to be. For the P250, initially released in 2007, that meant being able to swap out slides, pistol grip modules, and magazines. This was all due to the receiver being a “drop in” piece you can take out of the pistol grip module.

Sig Sauer P250 CompactThe same receiver could be used on different calibers, different slides, and different grip modules.

The P250 came in three basic flavors: full-size, compact, and sub-compact. It really doesn’t matter which one you get because, as I mentioned before, it’s modular.

I’ve tested the sub-compact of the P250. It was the first handgun I purchased after coming back to New Hampshire in 2013. I bought my P250 sub-compact used for $ 350. The P320 was widely available through 2014 and this caused P250 prices to crash even further down. Unfortunately, the P250 was a pearl before swine… Because I didn’t understand nearly as much about it as I do now. That’s why I’m making this article.

Dimensions At A Glance

  • Trigger: Double Action Only
  • Barrel Length: 3.6 in (91 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.7 in (170 mm)
  • Overall Width: 1.1 in (28 mm)
  • Height: 4.7 in (119 mm)
  • Weight: 24.9 oz (706 g)
  • MSRP: It’s no longer in mainline production so you pretty much can only purchase them used. The going rate appears to be somewhere between $ 350 to $ 499.

The sub-compact model is very easy to conceal and is covered by most holster manufacturers — and it fits the same basic holster dimensions as the P320.

Caliber Exchange Kits Are The Way To Go

Caliber Exchange Kits are what Sig Sauer calls their slide assemblies, barrel, recoil spring and pin for the P250. The different caliber exchange kits allow you to switch between calibers and sizes pretty easily. When I picked up my sub-compact P250, I didn’t realize how modular its design was. I thought I was stuck just using it as a sub-compact and that was it.

I had never heard of modularity and had no inkling what the P250 could do.

I thought I was also stuck with just 9mm.

My P250 literally sat in a safe for a year while I dinked around with the Walther PPS, CZ-75D PCR, Glock 19, and a number of other pistols… All because I didn’t realize just how I could use it.

At a width of just over an inch, it meets the specs of what most concealed carriers prefer – about an inch. The reason why the inch spec seems so important, I think, is because after an inch and a half, I’ve noticed I print heavily unless I’m wearing thicker or loose clothing.

I carried the P250 on a number of occasions as a concealed carry pistol. With a standard capacity of 12 rounds, when chambered in 9mm, I felt confident that I had enough rounds to handle a situation.

The biggest complaint I have is the double action only firing mechanism. I’ve never been a fan. There is an incredibly long trigger pull. And because it’s DAO, there’s no real trigger reset. The hammer has to go all the way back and hit again in order to keep shooting.

The trigger pull was smooth. If it can’t be short and sweet, at least it was smooth. The slide assembly ran extremely well and recoil wasn’t an issue. The P250 was a heavier sub-compact than, for instance, my Walther PPS, but for my carry style, it really didn’t become a factor.

With The P320 Out, P250 Is Forgotten Treasure

Now that the P320 is widely available, the P250 has been nearly forgotten to the annuls of pistol history. That’s a shame. It’s not a bad little gun. But their lose can be your gain. Now that you know a bit more about its modularity, go pick up a full-size grip module and slide assembly and try out the full-size or compact version. Those use the same magazines as the P320 so I see no reason why not slide an extended 21-round magazine up in there and go to town on some targets at the range.

Added bonus: this is one of the few sub-compacts I’ve encountered that handles .40 S&W exceptionally well. I previously owned an M&P Shield chambered in .40 S&W and I was not a huge fan. Sadly, even though I hate DAO, this is one of the few pistols that handles larger caliber ammunition well.

Fair warning: If you don’t typically fire a DAO and then decide to go from your normal DA/SA or striker fire to this, give yourself a bit of adjustment time for the trigger travel.

If you find a P250 of any size — full-size, compact, or sub-compact — pick it up for cheap and use it as a beater gun at the range or an occasional concealed carry pistol. It’ll do the job.

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postheadericon Man Who Stopped Rape With Firearm Talks About Incident *WATCH*

AUSTIN, TX — When Josh Williams goes jogging in Austin’s Hike-and-Bike Trail, he makes sure to have at least three things, according to KVUE:

His cellphone, a flashlight, and his gun.

Early one morning in September, Williams heard screams while on his route.

When he investigated, he discovered a woman being sexually assaulted.

“I came up, pulled my gun and told him to get off of her,” he said according to KVUE. “Get on your knees and show me your hands.”

Instead, the attacker bolted. However, that attacker, later identified as 22-year-old Richard McEachern, was later caught by authorities thanks to the description of the man given by Williams and the woman who he attacked.

And for those of you who are curious, Williams was carrying a GLOCK 43 and using a Crossbreed Holster.

Take a look at what Williams said in reflection of the incident in an interview with KVUE:

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postheadericon [FIREARM REVIEW] Kahr S9

Kahr Arms produces several of the smallest and lightest handguns available in today’s market. I find it incredible how they pack so much technology and high end parts into a 20 ounce lightweight pistol. I have carried a Kahr handgun for over six years and I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a reliable and accurate pistol that is thinner and lighter than other pistols in the sub compact single stack magazine class. I admit, over the years, the model I’ve carried has changed however the company I choose to trust my life with has not. I currently carry a Kahr CW9 with a grip textured carbon fiber finish that has served me well over the past year with excellent reliability, accuracy and concealability. When I learned Kahr Arms was producing a “value series” pistol with the same specs as the Kahr CW9 but added some enhanced features to the new model, eyebrows were raised with anticipation.

The New Kahr S9 and ST9 was recently released and I was able to get my hands on the smaller S9 model. I view the Kahr “S” models as request fulfilled by Kahr Arms from their loyal customers. The Kahr S9 has three new features along with a couple new enhancements that separate the S9 from their current line of handguns. Kahr also included two seven round magazines in the case which is a nice addition considering their value series guns typically include one magazine. Let’s take a look at the specifications then we will get into what makes the Kahr S9 a quality CCW choice.

Specifications:

Model: Kahr S9
Caliber: 9mm
Operation: Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech, “Browning – type” recoil lug; Passive striker fire block; no magazine disconnect
Barrel: 3.6”, conventional rifling; 1 -10 right – hand twist
Length O/A: 5.9”
Height: 4.5”
Slide Width: .90”
Weight: Pistol 15.8 ounces, Magazine 1.9 ounces, loaded with 7 rounds 21.5 ounces (my scale)
Grips: Textured polymer with ID tag
Sights: Drift adjustable Two – dot rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight
Finish: Black polymer frame with accessory rail, matte stainless steel slide with front serrations
Magazines: 2 – 7 round, Stainless
MSRP: $ 477

When I get a new Kahr pistol, I first wipe off the shipping grease, spray cleaning solvent on the internal parts and manually rack the slide about 100 times. Kahr pistols are machined very tight. The stiff recoil spring aides with soft shooting while keeping the muzzle from rising which allows the shooter to consistently remain on target. After some rounds fired downrange, the pistol will loosen a bit. Now let’s talk about the new Kahr S9.

The first noticeable feature that stands out with the Kahr S9 is the addition of front slide serrations. This is the first model in the Kahr handgun line of pistols that offer front slide serrations. Many people have their opinions about press checks and whether they are an effective way to check the chamber condition. I have attended several advanced training classes where press checks were highly recommended. Realizing that the main safety resides in the shooters head, a press check offers additional assurance of the gun’s status. If anyone doesn’t agree that is a good thing, they need their brain examined.

I press check the gun by wrapping my thumb around the front of the slide away from the muzzle and pressing the slide back a half inch to check the chamber status. The front serrations on the S9 makes press checks an easier process. I consider the addition of front serrations an excellent feature along with making the pistol look super cool.

One will also notice more detailed engraving work on the slide. I wouldn’t call this enhanced engraving a feature however it sure is a nice touch that Kahr added to this “value series” pistol.

Another feature on the Kahr S9 and ST9 is the 1913 picatinny rail. I have noticed that many people have been adding lights and lasers to their carry and home defense guns. Those who carry Kahr pistols will now have the ability to install their favorite accessories on the rail of the new “S” models.

Those of us who own several Kahr pistols understand that the bar-dot sight system was quite standard with their models. Of course, three dot night sights has always been an option however the bar-dot sights were typically what one would expect with their pistol. The S9 offers a three dot sight system with a metal drift adjustable two dot rear sight and a pinned in polymer front sight. Shooters who are used to a three dot sight system will find the Kahr S9 to point and shoot with a familiar sight picture.

Another change to the S9 is the placement of the serial tag. Traditionally, Kahr put the serial tag under the forend of the frame. The serial tag on the S models is placed on the bottom left side of the grip. I wouldn’t call this a feature however it is a change that one will notice at first glance.

Let’s get to the heart of this review. I took the S9 to the range with the full expectation that it would perform as excellent as my other Kahr pistols and it sure delivered. The smooth 6.5 pound double action trigger was exactly what I was used to along with the slender grip that helped with complete control of the gun. Right out of the box I was able to tag my targets with ease from 10 yards with both two hands and one handed shooting. I then stepped back to 16 yards and once again, the S9 was on target as I expected. Watch the video above and notice how the muzzle hardly rises when shooting. I put 150 Federal 115 grain 9mm FMJ rounds downrange and each round fed, fired and ejected without any issues.

The MSRP for the Kahr S9 is $ 477 which is only $ 28 more than the standard Kahr CW9. At the time of this review (Aug 2017), I have seen the Kahr CW9 selling on various websites for under $ 300 which is an amazing deal. The Kahr S9 and CW9 share the same size and weight specs however as mentioned in the review, the S9 offers one more mag along with additional features. I’m not entirely sure what the street price will be for the Kahr S9 but my guess would be in the mid $ 300’s which I think is an incredible bargain for a featured filled pistol of this quality.

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postheadericon Veteran Takes Hit With Firearm, Shoots Three Intruders And Makes It Out Alive

THEODORE, AL — In an unbelievable testimony of just how tough our United States armed servicemen and women can be, a Marine veteran fended off a 3-man burglary into his home single-handedly, and with a gunshot wound.

62-year-old Michael Irving, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, was attacked by three individuals, Chasatie Dulabhan, Casey Ray Gann, and Joseph Heathcock, armed with a shotgun and a handgun.

They looked for an easy burglary. They looked in the wrong place.

“I walked right here to open the door, and that’s when he shot me right there,” Irving recalled according to WALA.

“They cut loose on me, and that’s when I went to the cabinet here and back behind the coffee was an old time pistol. I opened the door and smoked ’em.”

It gets even better.

Keeping in mind that this man has already been shot, he managed to shoot all three of the suspects — and do so deliberately, with non-lethal shots.

“I tried not to shoot any of them in the chest. I didn’t want to have to kill ’em,” he said.

Although you really shouldn’t listen to anyone who says anything other than “shoot to kill” in a life-and-death scenario like this, it’s hard not to admire this guy’s incredible clarity under both pressure and pain.

All three suspects, and Irving himself, were hospitalized. All three are expected to survive, and the three suspects are in jail.

Chalk one up for the good guys.

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postheadericon Irresponsible? Gun Owner Jumps With Firearm Inside Trampoline Park

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, GEORGIA — A man is not being charged after Roswell police arrived in response to reports of an armed man jumping on a trampoline in a kid’s amusement center. The Sky Zone is a place for people to bring their kids and includes a section of trampolines. The man had a gun visible in its holster when he jumped atop one of the trampolines and started hopping. Parents became worried at the sight and told the manager who then asked the man to store his gun in his car.

The man refused. At which point, according to Kiro 7 News, the manager called police. However, police quickly determined that the man had done nothing legally wrong.

“I guess the guy felt that since there wasn’t a sign up, that he could carry his gun in there,” resident Vincent Freeman said.

The man told the manager he always keeps his gun on him to protect his children.

The question we’re asking our readers: was this an irresponsible practice?

As concealed carriers and writers of concealed carry topics, we constantly push responsibility and accountability for our firearms. After all, you can’t protect yourself or those you love if you can’t maintain control over your gun.

Nothing in the article suggested the man was jumping wildly or otherwise in danger of losing control of his firearm but the issue of public perception is a big one. It is this man’s right to carry a gun onto a trampoline inside a children’s amusement center. Until he loses control of that firearm, he’s not in danger of hurting anyone.

The question is: will other people trust him to jump around on a trampoline when their own children are potentially at risk?

It’s an interesting debate and I’m really curious to see what our readers make of this event. Nothing bad happened to anyone. No one was arrested. At most, I think the manager could have asked the man to leave if he is in a position to speak for the lease holder of the property.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below and, as always, carry responsibly everywhere you go, everywhere you legally can.

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postheadericon Child Shoots Self After Accessing Firearm In Purse: Why We’re Responsible

DETROIT, MICHIGAN — Some people love the off-body carry. I have been told by peers that they find it more convenient and more comfortable. This story is exactly why I disagree with them.

In Detroit, MI, a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the hand after coming across a concealed firearm in his mother’s purse, according to WDIV.

“The child was going the parent’s purse possibly looking for candy, came across the weapon,” Chief James Craig said.

The child pulled the trigger and seriously injured himself. As of March 25, he was reported to in the hospital in critical condition.

Chief Craig finds the fact that this child was able to access this weapon entirely unacceptable.

“I do support law-abiding citizens, Detroiters, to have CPLs, but I’ve also indicated in a very strong way the importance of training,” he said according to WDIV.

“You’re not a responsible CPL holder if children gain access to your weapon.”

For that matter, you’re not a responsible gun owner of any kind if a child can access your weapon or weapons.

Craig isn’t going to leave the situation alone, either.

“My position is simple: We will vigorously go after the parent or adult that allows a child to gain possession,” he said.

“The child is in critical condition. We’re prayerful that he’s going to pull through, but we are going to make sure the parent is held responsible.”

Look, people make mistakes. People make mistakes carrying concealed.

You cannot make these kinds of mistakes when you are responsible for the lives of children and what happens with your firearm.

This woman knew better, and now someone is hurt.

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postheadericon [FIREARM REVIEW] ReX Zero 1 Compact Pistol

I had the opportunity to review the Rex Zero 1 last year at Shot Show 2016 and became very interested in it’s design and function. Immediately I thought this pistol was a Sig copy for a couple hundred dollars less but the more I looked into the pistol, I learned the Rex Zero 1 was a one of a kind handgun that was getting amazing reviews. As it’s popularity grew over the past year, reviewers were raving over it’s reliability and accuracy. To top it off, many people on my channel were requesting a Rex Zero 1 review based on all of the positive coverage.

I thought, how great could it possibly be as it is joining a crowded class of alloy framed double action – single action hammer fired pistols? Oh sure it has some nice features, feels great in the hand and has a smooth trigger but is it really in the same class as CZ, Sig Sauer and Lionheart? Yet the reviews for this gun were overwhelmingly excellent as the requests continued to pour in. Flash forward one year later and what did Arex Arms feature this year at Shot Show 2017? A Rex Zero 1 CP compact model and I have to admit, yes it was of the same class as the top pistol makers. The slightly smaller compact model spiked my interest and I just had to check it out.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Caliber: 9mm Luger (9x19mm)
Operating Principle: Short recoil
Action Type: Modified Browning linkless locking system
Trigger System: Single- and Double-action, Hammer fired
Length: 7.1 in / 180 mm
Barrel Length: 3.85 in / 98 mm
Height: 5.1 in / 130 mm
Width (slide): 0.98 in / 25mm
Width (frame): 1.1 in / 27mm
Mag Capacity: 15 Rounds
Weight (unloaded): 30 ⅜ ozs (my scale)
Weight (w/15 rds): 36 ⅝ ozs (my scale)
Trigger Pull SA: 5.5 lbs
Trigger Pull DA 13 lbs
MSRP: $ 670

At first glance, the Rex Zero 1 CP is impressive with very nice machining and packed with features. Also, Arex Arms says that the service life of 30,000 rounds can be expected. That is certainly intense however after shooting this gun, I have to say, it has lived up to all the hype over the past year. Let’s take a more in-depth look at this pistol.

The MSRP is $ 670 however when I looked at various sites I found the average price to be around $ 600 which is right in the ball park for alloy framed hammer fired handguns. The two piece polymer grips are slightly textured as the grip itself offers a full three finger hold on the gun with the help of the magazine baseplate. The two magazines included hold 15 rounds with clear sight holes. The magazine release is ambidextrous and positioned to be reached without having to alter the angle of the gun. The thumb safety is also ambi making this pistol left handed friendly. The thumb safety could be utilized for those who prefer to carry “cocked and locked.” The slide stop lever also serves as the pistol’s decocker. The Rex Zero 1 is the only pistol, that I know of, to have a dual purpose slide stop lever and I find the dual function to work very well. The metal three dot sights are bright and the slide has a loaded chamber indicator bar that is slightly raised when a round is loaded. The slide also has deep cut front and rear serrations for a strong charge and/or press checks. The frame is made of hard coat anodized aluminum with a matte graphite black finish. Arex Arms also offers foliage green and flat dark earth cerakote finishes that look beautiful. A 1913 picatinny rail located on the forend is nice for those who enjoy attaching lights and lasers to their handguns. The double action trigger pull is a deliberate 13 pounds and the single action is 5.5 pounds. I was able to shoot the single action very quick and on target. The SA trigger has a little take up with a fairly short reset. It’s not the shortest single action trigger I have fired but it certainly works well with this gun. I also like the serrated external hammer that allows the user to easily cock back the hammer to move the trigger to single action mode.

To disassemble the Rex Zero 1 is an easy process that requires no tools. Once assuring the gun is unloaded along with removing the magazine, lock the slide back, push down the takedown lever to release the slide and remove the upper assembly with no need to pull the trigger. One will notice the full length frame rails that connect the slide. Then remove the uncaptured recoil spring and metal guide rod and then the 3.85 inch barrel. The pistol is then completely field stripped. To reassemble, simply perform the same steps in reverse order. It is worth mentioning that once the slide is positioned on the frame, by pulling back on the slide will automatically turn the takedown lever in horizontal position which locks the slide in place (see video).

I took the Rex Zero 1 CP to the range and put 150 rounds of Remington UMC through it. I really liked the way this pistol shot. It was comfortable and pointed very well. I had a couple other guys with me and we all agreed that it was extremely accurate. All of us made contact with the 10 inch steel target with ease. I moved back to 15 yards and easily hit the target within the first couple shots with continued accuracy throughout the afternoon. The pistol shot consistently smooth and accurate with each mag we ran through it. The double tap follow up shots were extremely quick with very little movement of the gun. To sum it up, the Rex Zero 1 CP performed excellent and I really enjoyed shooting this handgun. It is quality made, feature packed, left handed friendly and very accurate. I now understand why so many people rave about the Rex Zero 1 and look forward to many more range sessions with this pistol. Arex Arms has a winner here and I am proud to have it in my possession.

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postheadericon Nevada Voters Push For Background Checks On Private Firearm Sales — The FBI Admits It Doesn’t Have The Funding To Enforce It

CARSON CITY, NEVADA — Last month, voters approved a measure which would require a federal background check prior to the transfer of firearms between private parties. The Nevada Attorney General admitted in his recently published opinion that the ability to enforce such a measure wouldn’t be feasible.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the FBI responded with a formal admission it would not conduct background checks on the private transfer of firearms. Despite the passage of Nevada’s Background Check Act of 2016 by voters, the mechanisms in place to enforce such an action would prove to be impossible at this time.

The Nevada Attorney General conceded that, “citizens may not be prosecuted for their inability to comply with the Act unless and until the FBI changes its public position and agrees to conduct the background checks consistent with the Act.”

So, as of right now, the FBI is unable to comply with the state of Nevada’s request. That means the private transfer of firearms, as of this moment, is not governed under the newly minted Background Check Act.

This is another example of people wanting to enact legislation that “shoots first, asks questions later”.

You’ve probably run into such a conversation at least once on social media. Someone says, “hey, why can’t we do (X)?”

Where “X” may signify anything restricting the sale or transfer of firearms, the answer is “lack of funding”.

And it’s no exaggeration. To enforce such a measure in Nevada, where guns are not registered, would be nearly impossible.

Say if you have a Glock 19 Gen 4 you’re looking to transfer to your cousin. That firearm isn’t necessarily registered in any official way to your name. If you transfer that firearm to your cousin, the only thing you’d need is probably some written bill of sale (if sold) or confirmation of transfer. This would be predominantly for your records so, should that firearm be stolen or lost, you can demonstrate that the firearm was not in your custody.

But even in that outright unlikely scenario, in the state of Nevada you are not required to maintain any paperwork related to the private transfer of a firearm so long as that transfer doesn’t require you to mail it anywhere and the person you’re transferring the firearm to has every right to possess a firearm.

Out of good habit, I always recommend keeping some sort of evidence of a transfer out of custody. I live in a state that is also unregulated in the private transfer of firearms. Any time I’ve sold a gun to a family member, friend, or known acquaintance, I’ve always done my own due diligence to ensure I’m on the right side of that transfer.

You do your business as you see fit.

And in Nevada, you can do it without the necessity of requiring a NICS check for the present time.

Should the FBI decide it DOES have funding or IS ABLE to comply with the Background Check Act, then it will be a different story.

I can see where this bill would have been needlessly cumbersome.

Imagine the scenario where you’re transferring a hunting rifle to a family relative that you know is able to possess a firearm. Now you have to run that family member through a background check — added money — on top of the fact you’re gifting that person a working firearm.

Firearms are expensive! The act of giving a firearm to someone who has every right to possess one shouldn’t cost you a dime more than you’ve already spent.

In either case, the federal government is presently unable to enforce a measure passed by voters. Hopefully it will be a lesson to future administrations to not attempt to restrict the private transfer of firearms amongst people who have every right to possess them.

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postheadericon Two Burglaries, One Night — Two Very Different Results. Are You Ready To Keep A Firearm Yet?

BANGOR, MAINE — In one night in Bangor, two households were broken into and the homeowners threatened. In the first incident of the evening, 12:37 a.m., the homeowner sent the intruders running after he presented a gun while calling police. In the second incident, the homeowner didn’t have a gun and instead decided to fight the intruders. The intruders beat him up and he luckily was able to flee to a neighbor’s home and talk to police.

Guess which one was easier? The one that doesn’t end with bruises, cuts, lacerations, and general health intact.

According to WCSH 6 News, the homeowner who confronted the suspects with nothing but his bare hands ended up with minor injuries that were treatable. The suspects broke in through his back door and demanded money or drugs or both. They didn’t seem quite sure. We’re going out on a limb here and say they probably aren’t the type of guys to think their actions through. If one of them had inclination to do real damage, he likely would have.

For that first home, though, the guy with the gun didn’t even have to break a sweat before it was over. No sooner than the two suspects saw he was armed and on the phone with police, they knew time was a short commodity. Plus, from the sounds of it, they knew a second place they could break into anyways.

That second guy… Those two hoods chose right. If they had stuck with Door #1, they both would have been lucky to leave walking upright. In Door #2, however, was a homeowner who thought he could go toe-to-toe with two unknown men in his own home with nothing more than a macho attitude and a mean left hook.

Say it with me. Guns. Save. Lives.

It’s okay to say it. As concealed carriers and gun owners, we know damn well why we carry a gun in the home and outside of it. It’s because when faced with multiple attackers who are obviously too dumb to think their actions through, we don’t want to have to wonder if they’re going to play nice and leave on their own accord.

No. That’s what the gun is for. And with some training and a bit of intestinal fortitude, you can join the countless others who have successfully defended their homes with a gun. Added bonus points if you take it to the outside world and defend yourself no matter where you go.

Consider it. Door #1 or Door #2. Which one would you rather have to go through?

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postheadericon [FIREARM REVIEW] Walther Creed Review

When Walther began to introduce their new pistol, much anticipation ensued over what it would be and what direction Walther would take. Walther fans were excited as the daily puzzle pieces were removed on Walther’s facebook page exposing what would eventually lead to the introduction of the Walther Creed. The name “Creed” was adopted to differentiate Creed from the Walther PP family. They felt the Creed was a great gun to bring people into the “Creed” of Walther. Creed stands for, “a set of fundamental beliefs.”

The Walther Creed is a 9mm compact size polymer pistol that holds 16 rounds and shares the same cross directional ergonomics that Walther enthusiasts have come to know and love. Many have compared the Creed to the Walther PPX mainly due to it’s size. The Creed and PPX mags are interchangeable and work well with each other. Personally, I think the Creed measures well with the PPQ. The Creed is just a little longer in the slide and grip but they share a similar grip feel that I would have trouble telling the difference. Either way, the Creed has it’s own set of features that marks its place in the Walther line of pistols.

Specifications:

Model: Walther Creed
Caliber: 9mm
Finish Color: Tennifer Black
Barrel Length: 4”
Trigger Pull: 6.5 lbs
Trigger Travel: 0.3”
Capacity: 16 rds
Overall Length: 7.3”
Height: 5.6”
Width: 1.3”
Weight (empty mag) 27 oz
Weight (Loaded) 33 ⅜ oz (my scale)

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Let’s begin this review with the price. Walther lists the Creed MSRP at $ 399. I think that is a great price for a pistol of this quality. As we know, the local gun store price should be lower than the MSRP so I would guess the Creed will be available at your local gun store for around $ 350. That would put the Creed in a “budget” category without sacrificing budget quality. Watch the range video attached to get a better idea of what I mean.

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As mentioned, the grip Walther uses on the Creed is the same cross directional, slip free texturing as many other Walther pistols that delivers excellent ergonomics. It has a fixed backstrap that fits my average size hands perfectly. The mag release, located on the left side of the gun is a serrated button that is positioned similar to the PPQ M2 model. When pushed, it delivers a strong magazine deployment for quick mag changes that competitors and self defense training people will enjoy. The mag release button can be switched to the opposite side making the Creed left handed friendly. The grip also has a cutout on the bottom to allow for the serrated magazine base plate that fits flush to be manually removed if needed. The magazine itself holds 16 rounds of 9mm which I consider very good capacity for a compact handgun.

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The Creed’s trigger, in my opinion, is what sets it apart from other Walther models. It’s a hammer fired pre-cocked double action pull that somewhat feels like a single action gun. The initial trigger pull has a very light take up (pre-cock) then hits the wall until it breaks at 6.5 pounds. Upon the break, it feels like a quick snap of the trigger when firing. The bobbed hammer is slightly exposed at the rear of the slide. I find this action to fire very quick making rapid shooting and double taps immediate and energetic. At this point, I cannot pick which trigger action I prefer more between the Creed and the PPQ.

The slide has a tennifer black finish with both front and rear serrations. It has that specific Walther look and feel that so many Walther owners have become accustomed to. The top of the slide has a loaded chamber viewport for a quick inspection for the status of a loaded round. The slide stop is located on the left side of the gun and will lock open with an empty mag. The extractor is an internal claw that is located inside the slide. The metal 3- dot sights are low profile and quite large for quick target acquisition. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and the front sight is pinned. The Creed also has a 1913 picatinny rail on the forend of the frame for the shooter’s favorite tactical devices.

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Disassembling the Walther Creed requires no tools and is easily managed. Once assuring the gun is unloaded and safe, simply lock the slide back and push the front lever down to a vertical position. The slide can be removed from the frame upon release of the slide stop lever. There is also no need to pull the trigger to release. The captured recoil spring/guide rod and four inch barrel are then removed. To reassemble, simply do the same steps in reverse order.

My shooting impressions of the Creed were impressive. It fed and fired 100 rounds of Speer Lawman 124 grain 9mm without any issues. It was very accurate. Right out of the box I was able to hit my 10 inch target with ease from 10, 12 and 15 yards. I really enjoyed the pre-cocked double action trigger. It felt like a natural trigger pull that was just right for this gun. The action just snapped with each shot and reset with little travel. Many of the handguns I’ve shot in the past required a bit of a learning curve to fully understand the trigger pull however I felt like the Creed was a pistol that I’ve owned for years.

The Walther Creed pistol is a quality made handgun for an affordable price. It offers most all of the features of the other Walther pistols while still maintaining a personality of it’s own. My range session proved to me how reliable and accurate the Creed performed. A gun of this quality for this price is in my opinion, a great deal. Check out the Walther Creed and I assure that you won’t be disappointed.

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