Springfield EMP Price?


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Match14
January 14, 2009, 12:59 PM
I was at a gun store one day and saw that Springfield had come out with a smaller version of the 1911 called the EMP. Originally I was thinking about getting a used colt .380 or a ppk, but am not a huge fan of the .380 caliber.
Anyway I looked around online a bit and it seems that the Springfield EMP is retailing for upwards of $1000??
Is that correct?
I can't image how that small pistol can be almost twice the price of their full size 1911's.
If it is correct how long do you think it would be before the price goes down to affordable levels like $6-700?
Thanks.

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Olympus
January 14, 2009, 01:07 PM
They're high quality little pistols. But I'm like you and don't get the reason for the high price. The ones I've seen around the $1100 mark. I don't think you can expect to see prices down on them for quite some time, I'd say don't expect it for at least a year.

orchidhunter
January 14, 2009, 01:46 PM
Match14, The little 1911s look good, but they are not as reliable as the full size 1911. If you want a reliable pistol of the 1911 type the full size is the one to get. orchidhunter

kd7nqb
January 14, 2009, 02:53 PM
Yea, 1k is about right my ex girlfriend bought an EMP as her carry gun and she spent just under 1,000 on it. By the way it shoots great but not worth the price in my mind.

Walkalong
January 14, 2009, 03:36 PM
They are awesome, pricey, but awesome. :)

CPshooter
January 14, 2009, 03:49 PM
I don't get the price either! Although they are praised as excellent shooting guns, I think they are a rip-off.

The smaller frame IMO is a bad thing. I don't have extremely large hands, but more of a medium/average sized hand, and I find that a regular micro/3" 1911 feels perfect. The EMP's shorter frame (front to back) makes the trigger reach feel weird. Then there's the fact that it's actually taller than a regular 3" 1911 with that factory SA 9mm magazine. Ambi safeties aren't my cup of tea either. Unless you are left-handed, you are just asking for the safety to be disengaged on accident.

I'd rather buy a Kimber UCII in 9mm. I'd save a few hundred bucks and get a better gun. Obviously, I'm just sharing my opinion and this isn't meant to offend anyone. Just my 2 cents on the subject...

Walkalong
January 14, 2009, 05:48 PM
My EMP feeds everything flawlessly. It is a top end gun as far as I am concerned. Fit and finish is excellent. It is as tight as any 1911 I own, tighter than most, and still runs 100%.

I can see why folks would balk at the price, unless they just love 1911's and have to have one. I paid as much for my Kimber, so what the heck.

franconialocal
January 14, 2009, 10:27 PM
I own an EMP 9mm and I love it. They just came out with it in .40 as well if you prefer!! I think they justify the price (I paid $1,100 for mine when they first came out) by way of the marketing. They had to "re-design over 11 parts to make it the smallest short-action 1911 style auto on the market". I've paid every penny of it MANY times over by way of how fun it is, how concealable it is, stylish, and just a great sidearm. Shoots like a dream, consistent, feeds ALL kinds of ammo, VERY high tolerances right out of the box, etc. This will be one that I "pass down" without hesitation. Yeah...it's that good. Check it out below.....

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=89389&d=1229397597

Guns and more
January 15, 2009, 04:07 AM
I have the S/A Micro Compact in .45 and love it. I bought it before the EMP came out. It's maybe 1/4" larger and much cheaper (at least mine was) I think I paid about $750-800. It's a great shooter, and if you carry it IWB it disappears.

Shovelhead
January 15, 2009, 06:55 AM
I paid $850 for my "Used" EMP.

I've seen them come up a few times in the Gun Trader section of this site for the same price.

Deals are out there, you gotta be paying attention, and be patient. ;)

CDH
January 15, 2009, 07:15 AM
Match14, The little 1911s look good, but they are not as reliable as the full size 1911. If you want a reliable pistol of the 1911 type the full size is the one to get.

With regard to the EMP, that is absolutly untrue.

My EMP is one of the very early ones with serial number in the "3xx" range.
With a little hiccup at first caused by a magazine but then corrected by Springfield, it has fed everything I've put through it including Gold Dots and HST plus the usual suspects of cheap range ammo.

The EMP isn't a "downsized" 1911. It was designed from the ground up as a smaller platform 1911 (upsized, if you will), and the inherent design problems that come from downsizing a 1911 do not exist in the EMP.

Mine's a 9mm, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

A person has to actually handle an EMP and a compact 1911 (such as the Kimber CDP) at the same time to appreciate the difference between the two. The EMP is a really sweet pistol, and worth the price, from my perspective.

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