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From Springfield Armory . . .

Springfield Armory is proud to announce the newest addition to its award-winning family of 1911’s—the Emissary. Bridging the gap between duty and custom handguns, the Emissary delivers a bold and capable 1911 pistol with defense-minded features intended for serious use.

The new Emissary blends form and function seamlessly in a firearm built for defense and loaded with custom-grade features. It’s constructed with a forged stainless steel frame and forged carbon steel slide, with a beautiful two-tone finish. The blued carbon steel slide pairs with a stainless steel frame featuring a distinctive squared trigger guard with additional room for ease of operation with a gloved hand.

The slide’s “Tri-Top” cut gives the Emissary custom styling, while a flattened top strap is finished with 40 LPI serrations to diffuse light and reduce glare. On top, the tritium and luminescent front sight on the Emissary pairs with a Tactical Rack U-Dot™ rear sight for easy target acquisition in all lighting conditions.

Inside the slide, a bushingless heavy stainless steel bull barrel delivers maximum accuracy while reducing felt recoil and muzzle flip. In addition, the Emissary’s skeletonized hammer delivers ultra-fast lock times and combines with a solid-body, flat-faced trigger for top-end performance.

The forged stainless frame’s front strap and mainspring housing are wrapped in a grenade-pattern texture for firm engagement in adverse conditions, which are matched with slim line grip panels by VZ Grips machined from G10. At the front, a Picatinny accessory rail is integrated into the steel of the frame and is ready to accept a light, laser or combo of your choice.

Each pistol comes with two top-quality 8-round stainless steel magazines with base pads. MSRP is $1,279.

“This newest addition to the 1911 family of pistols provides an excellent option for a defensive handgun with an additional measure of refinement,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “The modern features on this classic pistol platform make this a must-have for 1911 lovers and anyone who wants a top-of-the-line defensive pistol.”

The Emissary is truly a refined 1911 built for self-defense that blends the best elements of a tactical handgun and a custom pistol to create a gorgeous and capable firearm that stands ready to deliver.

Emissary 1911 .45 ACP | PX9220L

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    • I could care less how good or bad their product is.

      Springfield Armory sold us out to feather their own nest, and then to add insult to injury lied about it after they got caught.

      Until there’s a change in SA’s ownership and management, I don’t forget, and I don’t forgive. Hard pass.

      • CEO, Dennis Reese said:
        “Springfield Armory has always fought hand-in-hand with the NRA, NSSF, ISRA and many others for legislation that fiercely protects the Second Amendment, individual rights and the industry as a whole. Our fight continues today as some members of the Illinois legislature are pushing to overregulate the industry through Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657).”
        “At the time of my initial statement to the media, I was ill-informed of the ramifications of this bill and its detrimental effects to the Second Amendment, which I have personally fought to protect my entire life. I can tell you now, we at Springfield Armory are unequivocally 100 percent against this bill and will continue to work with the NRA and others to ensure that it is defeated,” said Dennis Reese, Chief Executive Officer, Springfield Armory.
        The Illinois Firearms Manufacturers Association (IMFA) alone is to blame for that group’s decision to remove opposition to the bill, and early assertions made by another firearms news site claiming that Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms directly and intentionally screwed over the citizens of their state as well as smaller manufacturers and gun dealers, would almost appear to be libelous.
        Sounds more like someone BOUGHT OFF the IFMA…

        • Caca de toro.

          The IMFA was the creation of Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms, which wholly owned and controlled it at all materials times. Its directors were from those companies and it had a grand total of one lobbyist. The only people who could have “bought off” the IFMA were the people who owned it and paid its lobbyist at all times: SA and RRA.

          The sellout was to trade no opposition for the bill in question for a carve-out that exempted . . . Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms! Are you saying that was a coincidence?

          And if Reese’s post-facto ass-covering statement is the actual truth, then pray tell why did he lie about SA’s role in and control over the IMFA’s when it first came out? What of all the IMFA’s contributions over the years to anti-gun politicians? If you want to buy Reese’s Sergeant Schultz defense here, fine, but anyone who looks at it rationally sees what it is.

          As far as a libel suit, Springfield was apparently rattling its saber about that when all of this blew up. Why didn’t they file one? Probably because the lobbyist that they threw under the bus has said “I did what they (SA and RRA) paid me to do.”

          I suspect Reese knows his former lobbyist has the proof that the IFMA’s one employee was keeping his board of directors informed of what he was doing.

  1. I can see that one in my modest “collection”… A bit pricey for EDC, most likely the occasional foray to an indoor range…

  2. “Award winning family”? Who’s giving out the awards, the Governor of Illinois, for conspicuous capitulation?

  3. If I could get one with adjustable sights I’d be a happy camper. I don’t want to be wed to what ammo fits the sights. I want the sights to fit the ammo. I’ve carried sunken BOMARS for years without incident and if an OTC pistol had them I would be inclined to be much more interested.

    • My thoughts exactly.
      I have 12 1911s. All except one came with adjustable sights. The one that didn’t, had a Novak rear. I very quickly replaced it with an adjustable Novak. All is good with the universe once more…lol
      The 1911 for me is just about the ultimate competition gun. I personally don’t carry a defensive handgun with any external safeties. That is what a Glock was invented for. But for pure fun and nearly unequaled accuracy…give me a nice 1911 👍

  4. Even if Springfield didn’t conspire with the enemy, it will never be seen by us here in Komiefornia by us common folk.

  5. Make this in a forged steel frame double stack in 357 sig and I might actually forget Springfield sold out the gun community

    9MM , 45ACP ,, ?? 4″ , 5″ B ?

  7. I actually like that TTAG is reviewing something made in America.
    VZ Grips makes nice grips machined from G10.
    That being said I was heavily CENSORED over that TARA garbage gun.
    I had two links that showed the gun was junk and not drop safe.
    Things awaiting moderation for 24 hours to never show up?
    The trolls get treated better. TTAG, the Facebook of gun websites.
    This Springfield would be nice in 10mm but I might change the backstrap.

  8. It looks nice but I bought a roughed up G.I. model a few years ago from a person and it does the job.
    I got it cheap because the individual who sold it couldn’t understand how to assemble it once it got cleaned and there’s a good idiot mark on it.
    He also admitted to dropping it a few times. So I rescued it. Shoots just fine but looks like the ugly GF you try to hide from people.

  9. That trigger guard can come in handy squared off like that. I shot one for years and still like them if I have to deal with certain barricade situations.


  10. Any newly designed full-sized pistol that costs $1,279 and doesn’t even have an optics cut-out for an RMR can GTFO and go home. These days, even the inexpensive, pocket-sized Ruger Max 9 has an optics plate!
    It costs practically nothing for the gunmaker to machine an optics cut-out during manufacturing. But if the gunmaker is too ignorant of today’s gun owners to include one, it can cost hundreds to get one custom-made by a gunsmith.


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