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Springfield EMP: Direction of Safety?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Aristides, Dec 5, 2009.

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  1. Aristides

    Aristides Member

    Jul 29, 2008
    On a Springfield EMP, to dis-engage the safety and fire the gun, do you push it DOWN, or flip it UP?

    I don't own this gun, but I'm considering it. My current semi-autos (Sig P238 and Beretta Tomcat) but have a safety that you push DOWN to fire. I want a small 9mm whose safety functions the same way.

    I know that the EMP is a short-action 1911. Do ALL 1911's have the same type/direction of safety?

  2. HuntAndFish

    HuntAndFish Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Kansas City, MO
    Down is off safe or fire. All 1911 pattern handguns work the same way.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    The shorter OAL comes from shortening the mag well.

    Yes, down to fire.
  4. Lonestar49

    Lonestar49 Member

    Feb 17, 2007
    So. Calif.
    Great SAO sc gun IMO


    As mentioned above, flipping the "slide safety-lock-lever down" is one of 2 safety's that must be met, the other being the palm-grip-safety, in order for the gun to fire.

    Many do have both type safety's built in, many don't and have the traditional thumb (activated) slide-lock-safety only.

    Once you hold one in your hands (EMP) you will see how the thumb-slide-safety works as it goes up (locking the slide) into a cut in the slide and it prevents both, the slide from moving and the trigger, at the same time, from being pulled.

    The EMP (which I have owned one, 9mm, for just over 1yr) is reliable as they come IMO, along with, a joy to own and shoot 9+1 (very accurate) and carry, locked and cocked, with no doubts, having both palm-grip and thumb-lock safety's which both have to agree (gun is in one's grip depressing the the palm-safety) and upon drawing out, one must flip the slide-lock-safety down which is a very natural movement (goes with the flow, so to speak) for the shooter..

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