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Defender becomes EMP

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by hurrakane212, Sep 21, 2006.

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  1. hurrakane212

    hurrakane212 Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    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
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2006
  2. Manedwolf

    Manedwolf member

    Nov 10, 2005
    New Hampshire
    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?
  3. Josh Aston

    Josh Aston Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Mountain Home, ID
    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.
  4. DRMMR02

    DRMMR02 member

    Sep 5, 2006
    I'm gonna hold out for a real EMP pistol.
  5. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    If you are going to micro it, do the whole thing like the LS-9 from STI...
  6. Whirlwind06

    Whirlwind06 Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    North East Ohio
    It looks like a 1911 but it's not.

    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.
  7. Jamie C.

    Jamie C. Member

    Mar 27, 2005
    Tennessee... the top, middle part.
    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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