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    Taurus G3 versus Walther Creed Battle of the budget pistols

    The sun was out, the temps were moderate, no wind. It must be time to let two of my favorite budget pistols battle it out.
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    Today's match up is a Brazilian up and comer versus another German surprise contender. The Taurus G3 and the Walther Creed. Both of these pistol's street price is similar. I paid $259 OTD for the G3, and $289 OTD for the Creed. Man do we live in the golden age of pistol consumer choice or what. The list of sub $300 pistols seems almost endless, and most are quality offerings from reputable companies.
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    Here are the contenders specs:
    Taurus G3 1-15 &1-17 round mag Walther Creed 2- 16 round mags
    Trigger pull = 5.5lbs Trigger pull 5lbs
    1/2" takeup 3/8" takeup
    3/16" reset 3/16" reset
    4" barrel 4" barrel
    L - 7.28" L - 7.3"
    H - 5.2" H - 5.6"
    W - 1.26" W - 1.3"
    All metal guide rod/spring Plastic guide rod/metal spring
    Front & rear cocking serrations Front & rear cocking serrations
    3 slot pic rail 2 slot pic rail
    Tenifer slide finish Tenifer slide finish
    Single action with re-strike pre-cocked hammer
    Weight - G3 w/empty mag 24.5oz Weight - Creed w/empty mag 26.7oz
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    The Creed is a bit wider and longer at the grip. Both pistols come with a three dot sighting system, the front dot on the Creed is larger.
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    The creed uses a take down lever to break down, the G3 has the Glock style takedown tabs. The internals are similar in function, but each manufacturer approaches the mechanisms in a slightly different way. Both slides are beefy, the G3 has a bit more frame rail length. Take down and reassemble is easier with the Creed. The G3 slide needs a little wiggle to find its way home.
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    I ran 150 rounds through both with no problems using a mix of reloads and factory brass. Both pistols eject the empty magazines with authority, both grip frames are beveled to assist in stripping a jammed magazine out of the gun.
    Shooting impressions:
    The Taurus G3 has a bit less recoil flip
    Both grip frames are very comfortable (although I did install traction grips on the Creed)
    Both slide stop/release levers release the slide easily - however the Creed is more tactile
    The sights on the G3 are a bit small and dim ( I did paint the front with orange Flouresent paint ), the sights on the Creed are perfect.
    Magazine releases are average, both can be activated without breaking your grip with training.
    Both pistols are accurate, as the target above shows. With the edge going to the G3. I shot this target at 20 yards.
    The G3 slide is easier to pull back then the Creed. But the Creed is easier than many other full size guns, just a bit gravelly.
    G3 total round count - 620 - with 0 malfunctions. Feeds Sig V-crowns very smooth
    Creed round count - approx 500 with 1 malfunctions. Feeds Sig V-crowns ok, but the first round did jam up on the smaller feed ramp, however the remainder of the mag ran well. I find Sig V-crowns will usually cause feed problems on barrels with narrow feed ramps or unsupported chambers.

    To wrap this up, both of these budget guns exceeded my expectations for what little money I had to pay. I am so impressed with the Creed it is one of my bedroom guns. With over 600 flawless rounds through the G3, it is going into my carry rotation. you can't go wrong with either of these examples of quality budget offerings.
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    Sorry gang, TA.net had a dbase error when I submitted. I force added the pics to the end of the review, but they are in sequence. Arghh. 90 minutes to create a review and 30 minutes trying to save it from the dbase gremlins.
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    This is an excellent review and analysis...Thanks!
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    Great review. Thank you!
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    FANTASTIC REVIEW

    I wish Taurus made the G3 in .40 S&W
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    Great comprehensive comparison review here. So many gun comparisons on the Internet are lacking in some of the most obvious ways, it makes me wonder if they even had both guns (or even one).

    It's nice to see that you don't discriminate on the basis of...CREED.
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    Great Review. Thank you for taking the time to both write it as well as save it from the internet gremlins.
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    Great review! Although, I haven't experienced the issues you speak of with the sig V Crown. That's my go to for ammo picky pistols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DA-Auto View Post
    FANTASTIC REVIEW

    I wish Taurus made the G3 in .40 S&W
    Give Taurus time. They made sure the G2c worked well in 9mm before introducing it in .40 S&W, so it's possible that a G3 in .40 is down the pike.

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    Silverstring beat Guns & Ammo magazine to the review

    Guns & Ammo magazine in the Dec issue has a review of the G3 , just picked it up today

    They also called the Taurus TX .22 " GUN OF THE YEAR "

    OKNEWSHAWK I hope you are right , I have enough of 9mm and I love the .40 S&W format
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