Defender becomes EMP


September 21, 2006, 02:22 PM
So we have all been wondering about the "Defender" that Springfield advertised and the gun rags drooled over right?
Well it appears they have re-tagged it the EMP
*From SA's site*

The First … The Smallest … Soon to be copied by everyone:

Get a good look at the new Springfield Armory EMP, because soon it will be copied by everyone. And when you see their pistols that look almost like ours, you will say to yourself, "You know ... that looks a lot like a Springfield Armory EMP."

Get a good look at a whole new class of pistol -- the short-action 1911. The new Springfield Armory 9mm Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) is the first production 1911 made from the ground up to shoot short cartridges like 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 GAP. The result? The smallest, most concealable 1911 you can buy.

Previously, when 1911s were chambered for short-action calibers like the 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 GAP, this was done on guns built around the longer 45 ACP cartridge (Essentially, long-action 1911s). Spacers were placed in the magazine to align the shorter cartridges. The EMP is the first production 1911 designed specifically for these shorter cartridges.

The world got its first glimpse of the short-action 1911 in 2005 with a prototype Springfield gun called the "Defender." Chambered in 45 GAP, this rare gun received rave reviews from numerous firearms publications. We decided to launch this new class of 1911 in the more popular 9mm caliber in the EMP.

3 inch EMP
NEW FOR '06 PI9209LP Enhanced Micro Pistol
Caliber: 9 mm
Capacity: 9 + 1
Barrel: 3"
Sights: 3 dot tritium
Size: 23 ozs., 6.6" overall length
Trigger Pull: 5 to 6 lbs.
Magazines: 2

Thoughts anyone? If they are good (EDit: Good, not God...whoops!) I may get one for my wife's CCW (She's a 1911 gal)~Nathan

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September 21, 2006, 02:23 PM
That seems awfully heavy for a 9mm these days. :scrutiny: 23oz? That's 3oz heavier than my Taurus .45 ACP.

Wouldn't call that "micro". The Rohrbagh, that's micro.

How's the Springfield going to be anything better than an old Star BM, out of curiousity?

Josh Aston
September 21, 2006, 02:40 PM
If they are god

I wouldn't exactly call them god. :D

While I think it's a good idea I wouldn't have much use for one seeing as the standard 1911 is already too small for my hands.

September 21, 2006, 02:50 PM
I'm gonna hold out for a real EMP pistol.

Brian Williams
September 21, 2006, 03:40 PM
If you are going to micro it, do the whole thing like the LS-9 from STI...

September 21, 2006, 04:07 PM
Reading the description they say it has something like 15 re-designed parts.
Which means 1911 stock part won't fit.
So it will be another XD line. If it breaks you gotta send it in for repair. If you want something custom send it to their custom shop. etc.

Jamie C.
September 21, 2006, 08:09 PM
If they turn out to be worth a damn, I'll probably have to have 2 of 'em; one for me, and one for the wife, so I don't lose custody of mine. ;) :rolleyes: :D
( Both of us like small-ish SA 9s )


P.S. The EMP could stand to lose the ambi safety though... Those make me a bit paranoid on a cocked 'n locked SA.

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