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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by floydster, Apr 10, 2012.

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  1. floydster

    floydster Member

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    What makes the Springfield EMP 1911 in 9mm and .40 cal. so expensive??

    They are at $1200 in the gun stores around me, if you can find one.:eek:

    Thanks, Floyd
     
  2. browningguy

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    I think that's one of their "premium"models isn't it. Getting just a little finer polish on the metal costs quite a lot no matter who you buy them from.
     
  3. Canfield

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    Product differentiation: It's not just another 3-inch 1911. It's redesigned to fit those shorter cartridges. While this might not mean much to some consumers, to others it makes potential substitutes seem less similar. (Less likely to be reliable, etc.) That allows the company to charge more.

    There might also be a difference in production costs (lost economies of scope due to it having a different frame, etc.) and it is a very nice pistol (I want one), but I would be surprised if their profit margin isn't relatively high on the EMPs.
     
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    You ought to check out the price of a Wilson Ms. Sentinal OMG!
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    They're not, for what you are getting, it is really quite a good value.

    1. It isn't a .45ACP 1911 sized platform that is chambered for the 9mm or .40. The action has been re-sized to optimize function with the shorter cartridges.

    2. It's build quality is between the TRP ($1500) and the Professional ($2500)...and cost less
     
  6. 2wheels

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    To repeat essentially what others have said said, it's a "1911"... But it's also not... Springer redesigned it and shrinked it a bit so at least some of the parts are EMP only thus slightly reducing their cost savings per gun and that probably drives up the cost for us a little bit.

    It's also a very well put together gun, I think it's worth the money (And if you have trouble, there's Springfield excellent CS behind it). For build quality it definitely beats my $800 Colt New Agent.
     
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    15 parts are EMP specific
     
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