1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Springfield EMP questions...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Balrog, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Balrog

    Balrog Well-Known Member

    I have been thinking about getting a Springfield EMP in 9mm... and was wondering... how reliable are these guns? Are they prone to any failures to feed or eject?
    Has yours been reliable?
    Does it feed hollow points well?

    Also, do they shoot +P ammo? or does it need to be standard pressure 9mm ammo?
  2. Quack

    Quack Well-Known Member

    they are reliable, but there may be initial issues when you get a new one. mine had the extractor tension too tight, but i fixed it at the range after the first 50 rounds. It's been good ever since then (2 years ago).

    I use 124gr +P Speer Gold-Dots and haven't had a problem. i've also used Hornady and Cor-Bon ammo as well.

  3. Balrog

    Balrog Well-Known Member

    Does it really carry and conceal any better than a 1911 with equivalent barrel length?
  4. Quack

    Quack Well-Known Member

    same as any 3" alloy 1911, but it's a 9mm/40S&W
  5. Balrog

    Balrog Well-Known Member

    Is it thinner than a standard 1911 through the slide area?

    If it isnt thinner and doesnt conceal and carry any better, I am not sure I am interested.
  6. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Well-Known Member

    iirc, it's not any thinner than any other officer's frame 1911. the dimensions that are shortened are the width of the grip, not the thickness (so therefore the reach to the trigger is smaller than an officer's frame 1911).

    mine should be here in a day or two :D
  7. Quack

    Quack Well-Known Member

    the width difference is negligible.
    the key point of it is that it is RELIABLE since it's designed around the shorter 9mm/40S&W round.

    reliability in the .45ACP 1911's goes down when you start shortening the length, more so when you go below a Commander length. Have you ever noticed that NONE of the semi-custom builders have a 3" 1911? Why? reliability.
  8. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Well-Known Member

    actually, the EMP was designed for .45GAP. then springfield realized nobody gave a crap about .45GAP, rechambered it in 9mm, and released it.

    if it had originally been designed for 9mm, i think the slide could be a bit thinner, as could the grip.
  9. Fastcast

    Fastcast Well-Known Member

    :) Congrats Harmon!......Be sure to post a range report.
  10. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Well-Known Member

    I ordered it from Dawson Precision and had them do an action job on it first. So, I expect my range report should be glowing :D This is my christmas present to myself... and the most expensive gun I have ever purchased :eek:
  11. Fastcast

    Fastcast Well-Known Member

    Haha....Just placed an order for my Christmas present to myself :).....A Woolrich Original Stag jacket. It does piss me off they're not made in PA anymore but it's still a great jacket.

    BTW.....My present cost much less than your EMP. :cool:
  12. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Mine runs like a Swiss watch. Great little 9MM.
  13. wgp

    wgp Well-Known Member

    Bought a 9mm EMP, put 150 or so rounds of 124 gr FMJ and then several magazines of Hornady 124 gr JHP. No malfunctions of any kind, like it a lot, seems like a beautifully made pistol. I also have a Para Carry 9 and they are very similar in dimensions (and my Para is also a very good pistol) but it seems to me that the EMP is noticebly shorter front-to-back in the grip, which I like. I also like the ambi safety. Expensive but I am very happy with it.
  14. Inspiribomb

    Inspiribomb Well-Known Member

    I loved my EMP 40 when I had it. I switched over to 9mm and sold off all my 40's. Been wanting to pick up another in 9mm ever since. Probably a birthday present to myself, looking for the right deal. Its a lot of money, but it an exceptionally well made firearm.
  15. Balrog

    Balrog Well-Known Member

    How much are EMP's in 9mm going for?
  16. BamAlmighty

    BamAlmighty Well-Known Member

    the few places I checked wanted $1000 +/- $50
  17. duncan

    duncan Well-Known Member

    A few guys over at AR15.com are having problems with their extractors AND its a two year old thread.

    I'd be concerned if it was orginally designed for 45 ACP with it's heavier recoil.

    A few of those guys tinkered with them and then sent their EMPs back.

    I'd look for an older SA Ultra Compact in 9mm. Miss mine. Fed everthing.
  18. Lonestar49

    Lonestar49 Well-Known Member

    Story time


    Couple of thoughts for ya all..

    The 9mm EMP 1911 was built from the ground up specifically for the 9mm - thus the very thin grips and the thin mags, holding 9, 9mm bullets fit snug, like a glove.

    See here:


    And watch here:


    Now, I'm not sure, haven't a clue, but maybe the EMP 1911 "40cal" may have been "cut" down from their Champion/Micro line of 45, really don't know.. but the EMP 9mm was, and is, built from the ground up and IMO, is one of the reasons they command such a high price along with their dependably, be it 2-hand grip or one handed shots.. Mine has gone, just over 7k flawless rounds with an occasional weak or bad bullet from time to time, but other than that clearing drill, I have full confidence with my SA EMP 1911 9mm.

    As far as that 2yr old thread and, some, early owner's with guns in the serial numbered 2649 and back could, well, have had feed problems or extraction problems - as SA changed the angle of the feed ramps starting from 2650 up with the feed ramp issues, to-tight chamber issues, and some extractor issues..

    As was told to me by an SA gunny via SA's outstanding CS over the phone (first class operation IMO)

    And was assured, if I just polish my feed ramp and chamber, my occasional FT^Feed problem should clear up and he was right and that was from 1450 rounds on up, now, thru, as mentioned, just over 7K blissful rounds.

  19. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    My 3 digit EMP had a tight chamber. SA fixed it for free. It has never failed to feed or fire anything that would fit in the chamber. Since being fixed any commercial ammo will fit, as well as my reloads, as long as I gauge the sized brass to get rid of over sized brass. If it fits the gauge, the EMP runs with it like a finely tuned machine. I polished the ramp and chamber after SA opened it up a hair with a reamer. It feeds any bullet shape.

    Last edited: Dec 19, 2010
  20. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Well-Known Member

    Since this is an EMP thread, can someone tell me if the wood grips are thinner than the G10 grips? My EMP came with the G10 grips, and they seem to add a lot of width to the grip that doesn't need ot be there.

Share This Page