4-Inch Barrel EMP Adds Carry Contour & Grip Enhancements in a New Caliber
GENESEO, IL, September 11, 2017 – Springfield Armory®'s reputable EMP® 4" with Concealed Carry Contour is now offered in .40 S&W for those looking for another variation on this standout 1911 series.
The EMP line captured audiences with ideal concealed carry proportions in a slim, single-stack design; silky-smooth short action; and enhanced ergonomic features. This series is set apart from the competition by the reduced dimensions of the grip frame. Due to it being designed originally around the 9mm cartridge, Springfield's engineers were able to reduce the diameter and front-to-rear dimensions of the grip frame by 0.26 and 0.14 inches, respectively.
This is immediately evident when you pick up an EMP, especially when you factor in the extra-thin G10 grip panels. Compressing the traditional 1911 .45ACP grip to fit the 9mm and .40 caliber cartridges takes more than you might think. In fact, nine different components were redesigned to produce the EMP, including the frame, slide, extractor, trigger bow, trigger mechanism, firing pin, firing pin spring, plunger tube and spring.
What makes this particular version of the EMP popular is its concealed carry contour design. The heel and mainspring housing of this EMP's grip frame have been rounded off, making the pistol more concealable, because it removes the part of the grip that tends to print through clothing. A contoured grip is typically a custom feature, and adding this to an existing pistol can cost as much as $225. However, Springfield offers a production contour for half the price.
"We are always looking for new ways to offer our customers exactly what they want," Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese said. "Whether it's an entirely new platform or simply an additional caliber offering, such as this model now being available in .40, we take each consumer into consideration and work tirelessly to provide a solution for their individual needs."
In addition to the concealed carry contour, this pistol has all of the same premium features and enhancements you've come to love from the EMP product line. The satin finish 416 stainless steel slide has rear cocking serrations and a 3-dot sight system which employs a red fiber-optic in front and a low-profile, white-dot sight in back. The 4" stainless steel, match-grade bushing-less bull barrel incorporates a fully supported ramp.
Unlike the 9mm version's aluminum alloy frame, the .40 S&W sports a carbon steel frame finished in Black-T® – the same treatment specified on the Springfield Armory 1911s built for the FBI's SWAT and Hostage Rescue teams. The frame's frontstraps and mainspring housing are both treated with an aggressive Posi-Lock™ golf ball dimple texturing. Coupled with thin-line G10 panels featuring the same texture provides a grip designed to offer maximum comfort and control. An ambidextrous thumb safety makes it southpaw-friendly too.
Previously offered in 9mm, Springfield Armory is proud to introduce the EMP 4" with Concealed Carry Contour to the market in .40 S&W. It's the same quality and performance you'd expect from Springfield Armory's trusted brand with yet another option for versatility.
For more information about the new 1911 EMP® 4" Concealed Carry Contour model, please visit www.springfield-armory.com
About Springfield Armory®
Founded in 1974, Springfield Armory Inc. is located in Geneseo, Illinois. Its iconic brand remains unmatched in quality, precision engineering, manufacturing and unparalleled customer service in the firearms industry. The USA facility in Geneseo engineers, manufactures and assembles the legendary M1A™, 1911 and SAINT® AR-15 line of firearms. Since 2001, Springfield Armory has enjoyed a strategic, collaborative partnership with the state-of the-art factory in Croatia working hand in hand in the development and engineering of the multiple award-winning line of XD® polymer pistols that have become staples in the US marketplace. For over 40 years Springfield Armory has been committed to providing customers with trusted and reliable defensive products and a time-honored dedication to customer service excellence.
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