Is there anything easier to carry and conceal than a commander-sized 1911? Not many. Which is why Springfield’s added to their 1911 line with a four-inch 9mm EMP that’s been trimmed for more-than-the-usual stealthiness and tips the scales at a hair over 30 ounces. Here’s their press release:
New Four-inch Barrel EMP® Improves Concealment With Contoured Frame
GENESEO, ILL. (01/17/17) – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce the latest member of the world’s most elegant concealed carry pistol family. Designed for those who emphasize discreet concealed carry, the new EMP® Lightweight Champion™ with Concealed Carry Contour includes a frame shaped for optimal comfort and concealment.
The all new EMP® 4” Lightweight Champion™ with Concealed Carry Contour model extends the EMP® lineup by combining a longer barrel with a frame trimmed for maximum concealment. The new bevel cut on the mainspring housing provides two vital functions that improve both handling and concealment. The rounded contour molds to the shape of the shooters hand, preventing “palm bite” and making the most shootable pistol ever even easier to control. To improve carry discretion, the contoured shape helps to prevent snags during the draw and virtually eliminates the telltale bulge under a cover garment. Now, the EMP® is easier than ever to conceal.
“Customers and industry veterans alike have responded so well to the EMP® family that we’ve decided to focus on providing new models for a variety of concealed carry priorities,” stated Springfield Armory® CEO Dennis Reese. “Everyone’s priorities are different, so we wanted to find ways to meet customer needs without sacrificing the core features that make the EMP® family so popular.”
Back in 2007, the original Springfield Armory® EMP® set a new bar for quality, performance, and style. Combining the near-perfect ergonomics of the time-tested 1911 design with a new patented short-action, the original EMP® redefined what a carry 1911 could be. Among the community of those who know, it has earned a reputation as one of the most shootable compact pistols ever.
The new Concealed Carry Contour model features a four-inch, stainless steel, Match-Grade bull barrel with a fully supported feed ramp. The barrel is housed in a forged stainless steel slide with an exquisite satin finish. The slide assembly is complemented by a black hard coat anodized forged aluminum alloy frame. The front fiber optic sight facilitates instant sight acquisition while the low-profile combat-style rear sight ensures a smooth draw from concealment. The EMP® Lightweight Champion™ with Concealed Carry Contour features ambidextrous safety levers and a five to six-pound aluminum trigger with the same smooth, crisp break that made the original EMP® so popular among the serious shooting community.
“While handgun aficionados appreciate the quality and attention to detail that we put into the EMP® Lightweight Champion™ with Concealed Carry Contour, it’s a pistol that every shooter can appreciate,” observed Reese. “The patented short-action, combined with meticulous fit and polish make this an exceptionally pleasant pistol to shoot. Even new shooters will feel why the EMP® stands tall in a category of its own.”
The EMP® Lightweight Champion™ with Concealed Carry Contour handles even better than it looks. Checkered black G-10 grip panels combine a slip-free hold with incomparable durability. Both front and rear strap frame surfaces feature the smooth, but effective, Springfield Armory® Posi-Lock™ texturing pattern.
The svelte single-stack pistol doesn’t sacrifice capacity with the new carry bevel design, holding nine plus one in the chamber. Three magazines ship with each Concealed Carry Contour Model.
About Springfield Armory®
“The First Name in American Firearms,” Springfield Armory® was founded in 1777, when George Washington ordered the creation of an armory to store ammunition and gun carriages during the American Revolution. In 1794, the armory began to manufacture muskets and spent the next 150 years supplying firearms for every major American conflict. The original armory closed in 1968. In 1974, the Reese family took ownership of the Springfield Armory® name and began making the M1A™ rifle. Today, Springfield Armory® develops many products loyal to the company’s heritage, like the 1911 pistol, while ensuring its future with innovative products, including the XD®, XD® Mod.2®, XD(M)® and XD-S® polymer pistols and now the new SAINT™ AR-15 rifle.