Last week I traded my Glock 26, S&W 340PD, and some cash for this beauty. The Springfield Armory 1911 EMP4 Concealed Carry Contour 9mm. I’m not going to go over all the specs, but you can check them out here, if interested. For those not into guns, or just getting into them, or just reading this because you’re bored and inquiring minds want to know, EMP stands Enhanced Micro Pistol and the 4 means it has a 4″ barrel.
It’s basically their Lightweight Champion Model, but as the name says, made for Concealed Carry. The major differences between the two are the grips and the contour on the backside of the main spring assembly (as seen in the above pictures). That contour may not seem like a big deal, but it’s huge when it comes to concealed carry as that’s the part of the gun that will print before anything else. In simpler terms, that’s the part of the gun that will cause your shirt to poke out, especially when you bend over.
Some of you are probably wondering why I got rid of my Glock 26 and S&W 340PD. Well, I have a Glock 19, which is the big brother to the Glock 26. In fact, Glock 19 magazines work in the 26. I originally got it because it’s easier to conceal than the Glock 19. The more I fired it, carried it, and practiced with it, I didn’t like the smaller grip. So I bought a Glock 43 to carry and the Glock 26 became my nightstand gun. As for the S&W 340PD, well, it basically came down to the fact that it was worth way more money than the Glock 43, which meant I didn’t have to pay as much out-of-pocket for the EMP4.
Why the EMP4 in 9mm? First, I absolutely LOVE the 1911 platform. I have a Ruger SR1911 as well, that is chambered in .45Auto and its a joy to shoot, and i’m extremely accurate with it. As a carry gun though it just isn’t my first choice. It’s heavy. In fact, it may be heavier than my Glock 19, but I’m not positive on that. Plus with .45Auto, you are giving up capacity for knock down power. Which is fine by me. Sometimes short, fat, and slow gets the job done though, which is why the ‘ol Ruger has her place, strategically located in the house, should her services ever be required. Second, I’m more accurate putting rounds on target quickly and repeatedly with 9mm. Plus with the advancements in ammunition technology, 9mm isn’t the “wimpy” round it used to be. So, there are those out there that will call me an idiot, and that’s ok. I would suggest before you do that though, you may want to do your research on the ballistics of .45 vs 9mm first.
As with any weapon I purchase, the first thing I do is bring it home and give it a good cleaning, then lube it up. Yes, I just said lube it up. Lubricate accordingly is probably more appropriate, but I just like saying lube it up. Ok, focus Ty…..
Today, I took her to the range and I gotta say; What a phenomenal gun and an absolute pleasure to shoot. The contour on the main spring housing not only helps with concealment, but also helps when firing, You don’t have the point “digging” into you hand now the way you do with the standard 1911 design. The trigger on this gun is just so crisp. Now, keep in mind I’m used to shooting Glocks, which are notorious for “spongy” triggers. So, my idea of crisp, my be different than yours. That being said, there is virtually no take-up before it breaks, and the reset is short, which allows for fast follow-up shots. Im not a big fan of the fiber optic front sight, but it works. I prefer Trijicon HD Night Sights, but the sights currently on the gun function as they should.
I put 100 rounds of Federal Target Ammunition (115gr) and 25 rounds of Horanady Critical Duty (135gr). I didn’t have a single issue with the target ammunition. However, I had three stoppages with the Critical Duty. All three were failure to feed. One was when releasing the slide after a reload, and the other two were while firing. I’m not completely sure why it was happening, but will try the Critical Duty again prior to saying it was due to the ammunition. They, meaning the experts, say it usually takes 200 rounds to “break-in” a 1911. Whether I believe that or not, I’m not sure. What I do know is, if it happens again, I won’t be caring Critical Duty ammunition in her. That’s part of buying a gun though and being a responsible carrier. You NEED to know what ammunition works reliably and consistently with your gun. If you don’t, then you’re just asking for problems.
So, my bottom line is this: I don’t have a bad thing to say about it. If you’re in the market for a new gun, like the 1911 platform, and want a 9mm, then you can’t go wrong with this beauty.
Finally, I’ll leave you with the paper damage I did today. I will add that the first shot out of her this morning split the “1” in the circle. Yeah, the sights are dead on. So, anything outside the circles is all me and my mistakes. I wasn’t worth a shit with my weak hand only on that first target (circle 8). I got better with target #2 though, and that’s what matters. Plus it was our first date, so awkwardness and missed shots are to be expected. Target #3 is the Hornady Critical Duty. All targets were at 3yrds.