Springfield Armory 9mm EMP-4” Lightweight Champion
As originally published in On Target Magazine
Review by Tatiana Whitlock, Photos by On Target Staff Photographer
“Being an all around 1911 fan, and someone who carries one concealed every day, I was excited to receive Springfield Armory’s latest version of the EMP, their new EMP-4” Lightweight Champion in 9mm (also available in .40 S&W). As many 1911 shooters know, finding a compact 1911 in 9mm that can endure hard training, every day carry, and reliably perform under pressure isn’t exactly an easy task. The new 4-inch EMP model exhibits all the everyday-carry attributes of the standard EMP, but with one-inch of extra slide length for a longer sight radius, a half-inch of extra grip length to accommodate larger hands and one-extra round in the magazine.
Shooting the EMP-4” for the first time right out of the box, off the bench, felt a lot like politely test driving a new car. You get behind wheel, familiarize yourself with the controls, and take it for a spin. With great scrutiny you experience its nuances all while trying not to make the salesman in the passenger seat too nervous. Initial feedback? Yes, I’d buy the car. But this isn’t a gun intended for polite use. It’s a gun I would seriously consider for a primary concealed carry pistol which I would be betting my life on for performance and practicality under great amounts of stress. So, a true test is one that works aggressively from concealment and may not be a ride-a-long for the faint of heart.” – Exerpt from full article published in ON TARGET MAGAZINE.