Gun Report

Springfield Armory 1911 EMP Conceal Carry Contour PI9229L 9mm Luger, $1220

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GUN TESTS GRADE: A
The EMP delivered accuracy and ergonomics on par with more expensive custom guns and simply outclassed the other pistols.

Springfield Armory 1911 EMP Conceal Carry Contour PI9229L 9mm Luger, $1220

Gun Details

Manufacturer
Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Recreational
Price
Caliber/Gauge
Weight Unloaded
Warranty
Magazine
Slides
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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One of the many custom upgrades on the Springfield EMP was the light-gathering-filament front sight made popular by practical shooting competitors. Spare filaments in both red and green were supplied.
The dimpled texture that wrapped the grip panels, front strap, and mainspring housing of the EMP proved to be extraordinarily skid-proof and kind to the hands. Note the "sliced" rear corner. This removes the edge that typically spoils concealment.
Takedown required an L-shaped pin that fit into a pre-drilled hole in the guide rod. Lock back the slide, drop in the pin, and release the slide. The slide-stop pin is now aligned with the takedown notch and is ready to be removed. A piece of wire (arrow) can be substituted for the supplied takedown pin should it be misplaced.
When loaded into a belt holster, the bobbed grip frame of the Springfield Armory EMP Concealed Carry greatly reduces the chance of telltale printing beneath one's cover garment. The $80 Defender holster from LAGTactical.com is an example of today's thin-walled Kydex holsters that can be worn IWB or on the belt.

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