Springfield Armory’s 2017 New Products | SHOT 2017

Springfield Armory debuted 6 new products for 2017 at SHOT Show. They had a really nice, large booth  that was packed with people throughout the show. New products include the SAINT 5.56 AR-15 (technically debuted late last year), EMP4 Concealed Carry Contour 1911, TRP Operator Tactical Gray 1911, XD MOD.2 4″ Service Model in .45 ACP, EMP Black Armory Kote 1911 and the XD MOD.2 5″ Tactical Model in .45 ACP. I had to opportunity to handle most of these on the show floor and at Industry Day at the Range.

EMP4 Conceal Carry Contour 1911. I found this to be an awesome pistol. The edges have been “de-horned” and the butt of the pistol would carry well tucked against the body. Though a more compact 1911, I would have no problems running this gun like a full size 1911. The grip felt good, the fiber optic front sight allows for easy low-light operation.

TRP Operator Tactical Gray 1911. Gray is the new black. Awesome pistol. I am going to have my Editor get me one of these to review. Slide was smooth. Trigger was crisp and it was heavy like every 1911 I have ever held. I liked the adjustable sights and the MIL-STD/1913 Picatinny rail.

The SAINT 5.56 Ar-15. My colleague Patrick R got to attend a press junket where he spent several days evaluating the firearm late last year. Patrick R has a legit armorer certification and he had a high opinion of The SAINT. I think that Springfield did a good job with this rifle. Though not “Milspec” the parts and assembly are definitely “military grade”. Pat’s awesome review can be found here.

All in all, Springfield Armory added six new products to its already impressive suite of firearms. Like everything else Springfield does, the execution was impressive and well thought out. I am a big fan of the XDM line. Though a tad late, I am glad they brought an AR-15 to the market, and used decent furniture. We look forward to see where they are taking the SAINT line.

Which of these new products would you like to see The Firearm Blog test?

Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


  • Martin törefeldt

    The EMP4 would be nice.
    I hve heard that it have a smaller grip than a standard 1911, witch would be great for those of us that have small hands.
    So an independent review would be great.

    • QuadGMoto

      Hickok45 just posted a review of the EMP 4.

  • TechnoTriticale

    There’s an opportunity here for some TFB journalism.

    Is the EMP4 any more reliable about feeding polymer-tip HPs (e.g. FTX) than the EMP3?

    It appears that the EMP4 frame is not the same as (what we now need to call) the EMP3 frame – 1 more round?

    If so, that means that although the CT LG-912/G is back in production, it won’t fit the EMP4. The guide rod is unsurprisingly non-standard (as is the EMP3’s), so no guide rod laser. So what’s the laser solution? Do any M1911 trigger guard solutions fit the EMP4?

    Dropping the tritium night sights (vs. the EMP3) makes having a laser option a bit more important.

    If the frames are different, the EMP3 mags clearly won’t fit the EMP4. How about the reverse?

    Does the EMP4 still have that nifty ¼cock shelf on the hammer?

    What would have made this intro more interesting would have been including both ambi and single-side thumb safeties, a rail version, and some words on .40S&W (if not also a return of the .45GAP). If the plan is 9mm-only, that’s fine, but it would be nice to know for those wondering.

    • The relationship between the EMP3 and the EMP4 is akin to the Colt Defender and the Colt Commander. Commander magazines can work in a Defender, but the reverse is not true.

      I know some folks had been hoping that Springfield would offer an EMP-CCO, mixing the EMP4 slide with the EMP3 frame.

      • TechnoTriticale

        Yep. The EMP4 appears to be quite different from the EMP3. The only parts they may have in common are the fire control components and the barrel lug & pin. And many of the f.c. bits are shortened vs. std 1911, due to the front-to-back grip foreshortening (which was the main point of doing the EMP in the first place).

        I do wonder why they did it. Do they see their main competition as the Browning 1911-380?

        Another idle question TFB could look into is parts commonality with EMP3. I’ll more than one person has wondered if the EMP4 barrel fits a 3, and could be threaded. I’ll bet the answer is no (even if one could easily buy SA proprietary parts, which was all but impossible when I last looked into it).

        • The only shortened internal parts should be those that cross the magazine well: the magazine assembly, trigger, stock panels, plunger tube, extractor, firing pin, and firing pin spring.

          I strongly suspect that the EMP barrels share standard M1911 lug dimensions. If someone wanted a threaded barrel for the EMP3, the easiest solution might be to buy a Commander-length barrel (with the appropriate ramp configuration) and then thread it. You’d add a cone for the front lockup and then use the extra exposed length for the comp, barrel weight, or suppressor.

  • Street Detective

    I LOVE a 1911, yes, and carried one for decades, but it’s day as a carry gun is Over…also, they are not reliable unless “tuned” and happen to be running perfect that day and you are gripping out straight that day and using ball.

    • imtoomuch

      Somebody has no idea what they’re talking about. Maybe your “tuning” is what made your 1911 unreliable!

      Sure, polymer, striker-fired guns are all the rage right now, but that doesn’t mean the 1911 is obsolete.

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        I remember like it was yesterday when the 1911 first came out and people were complaining that their single action army’s still worked just fine