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My new favorite pistol the emp4 1911

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by bakersman345, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. bakersman345

    bakersman345 Camas wa Well-Known Member

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    I've owned and shot just about every popular pistol in the market (trading around has it's benefits ) it used to be my fallback pistol was always the glock 19 because of it's size, capacity, and ease to shoot well. Now I have a new favorite pistol. The Springfield EMP4 9MM 1911.

    it was built around the 9mm and the grip is a good bit thinner then a standard 1911, The front strap has agressesive dimples but they are smooth in the hands a firm grip is easily accomplished. checkered mainspring housing, thin profile cocobolo wood grips and a nice beavertail grip safety adds up to a superb grip that fits my hand like a glove.
    The gun points as if it were an extension of my hand.

    Throw in a match grade trigger, match grade 4inch 9mm bull barrel, with a fiberoptic front sight and it's a target shooters dream come true. I can easily triple tap the bulls eye at 10 yards. This gun is accurate. I'm a normal shooter and this gun hits better then any other pistol I've ever fired. Recoil is next to nothing and the gun is very well balanced.

    Don't forget about how pretty this gun is. The aluminum frame is black annodized and the slide is a nice stainless. The edges are all rounded and smooth making it snag free and nice for conceal carry.

    It ship's with 3 10rd mags, plastic holster, mag holster, green and red fiberoptic inserts, in a huge case.

    Oh it has a ambi safety as well and not some little nub on the right sight but a full on safety with positive on off clicks that hold solid unlike several other 1911s I've had. This is great for a lefty like me.

    I only fired 250 rounds of cheap perfeta ammo from wall-mart. The only issue I have with this gun isbthay I can't find anyone that sells 10 round mags. I'm sure of I called Springfield they would point me in the right direction. You get a coupon for all kinds of stuff from Springfield the mags are only $25 and the pistol has a lifetime warranty.

    As a side note but an important one this pistol is made in the USA unlike their line of XD pistols. I paid a little more locally then I would have if I ordered it off the internet. I paid $1065 At sporting systems downtown Vancouver. They are very friendly, they had cold beverages, snacks, a nice staff and toys to keep my 2 year-old busy while i was inspecting and filling out papers. Worth the little extra to keep support a good place plus I would have had to pay shipping and a transfer fee anyway.

    Here's some pictures.

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  2. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Congrats! Looks like a gem.
     
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  3. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Good looking pistol.
    As a lefty I like that it comes with a lefty friendly safety.
    Andy
     
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  4. JSJPDX

    JSJPDX East Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I have the original EMP and it is
    now my EDC. Give it a while and factory spare mags will be easily available for a decent price on eBay. It took a while for the EMP when it was new.
     
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  5. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    I really want one of these.
     
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  6. bakersman345

    bakersman345 Camas wa Well-Known Member

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    I'm telling you, you won't be disappointed. I'm gonna go out to the woods tomorrow and let loose another 3-400 rounds I'll update if anything goes wrong. But I doubt it will :)
     
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  7. Nightshade

    Nightshade vancouver,WA Well-Known Member

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    Very nice C
     
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  8. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's a beautiful little pistol! I read the American Rifleman test report and it sounds like a keeper! Congratulations, enjoy your 1911!:)
     
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  9. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Very archaic handgun design.

    Will your next pistol be a 1851 Colt Navy??

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  10. mcfoto

    mcfoto Newberg Active Member

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    Thanks for the review. It's on my short list to be a birthday present to myself in October. The lack of aftermarket mags is the only down side I've found so far. I showcased one at NW Armory and was very impressed. Of course, they haven't kept one in stock since so I should have gone for it...:s0008:
     
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  11. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    But but but that's a 1911, and its not plastic....How can this be a favorite..;)

    I had a chance to shoot one of these last week, and I also loved it! Springfield really did a good job.:D
    Now if they only made it in 10mm!
     
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  12. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    That is exactly my point. How can a gun still be revered and loved so much that is 105 years old? Sure, a lot 1911's have been modernized and improved in a few areas. But it still comes down to the pistol's design being ancient.

    Is anyone still shooting a rifle or a shotgun that is that old?

    Remember, we are now living in the 21st Century. I've been hoping that we would have more modern handguns by now.

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