NEW: Springfield Armory EMP4 Concealed Carry Contour in .40 S&W

EMP4

The Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) series of carry guns by Springfield Armory has been a hit for 1911 lovers. Especially so with the new EMP4 Concealed Carry Contour. By offering a longer barrel and sighting radius, a fiber optic front sight and curb appeal to match its utility, the newer 4″ version has made its way into more people’s safes than even previous offerings. The original 3″ models are offered in 9mm and .40 S&W. Now the EMP4 will follow suit. You can officially add a Springfield Armory EMP4 Concealed Carry Contour in .40 S&W to your arsenal.

For those who are uninitiated to the EMP pistol, Springfield Armory further elaborates what all exactly goes into building one compared to a normal 1911 pistol:

The EMP® line captured audiences with ideal concealed carry proportions in a slim single-stack design, silky-smooth short action, and enhanced ergonomic features. This series is set apart from the competition by the reduced dimensions of the grip frame. Due to it being designed originally around the 9mm cartridge, Springfield’s engineers were able to reduce the diameter and front-to-rear dimensions of the grip frame by 0.26 and 0.14 inches, respectively. This is immediately evident when you pick up an EMP®, especially when you factor in the extra-thin G-10 grip panels. Compressing the traditional 1911 .45ACP grip to fit the 9mm and .40 caliber cartridges takes more than you might think. In fact, nine different components were redesigned to produce the EMP®, including the frame, slide, extractor, trigger bow, trigger mechanism, firing pin, firing pin spring, plunger tube and spring.

EMP4To the untrained eye, you might just believe, ‘Hey, its a smaller 1911,’ but in actuality there were a lot of engineering changes that needed to occur to create an EMP.

To go from the EMP4 9mm to the EMP4 .40 S&W was not a reinvention of the wheel, but just a matter of time to appropriately fit the body of the EMP to the .40 S&W cartridge.

The specification list for this stout carry gun reads as follows:

  • Recoil System: Flat Wire w/ Full Length Guide Rod
  • Sights: Fiber Optic Front & Low Profile Combat Rear
  • Slide: Forged Stainless Steel, Satin Finish
  • Barrel: 4″ Stainless Steel Match Grade, Fully Supported Ramp, Bull; 1:16″ LH Twist; 6-Groove Channel Rifling
  • Frame: Forged Carbon Steel w/ Concealed Carry Contour, Black-T® Finish
  • Magazines: 3 – Blued 8 Round
  • Grip Type: Slim Line G-10
  • Height: 5.5″
  • Length: 7.5″
  • Weight (Empty Magazine): 37 Ounces
  • MSRP: $1,222.00

 EMP4The Springfield Armory EMP4 Concealed Carry Contour, now available in .40 S&W, should be available at the time of the this writing. If not on the shelf at your local, brick ‘n mortar shop then available for order.



The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • Guest User

    Anti 2nd Amendment companies should be punished. Everyone reading this, do not buy any more springfield armory products.

    • QuadGMoto

      Geez, give it a rest already! It was their lobbyist who betrayed us, and Springfield promptly fired them. You guys that keep beating this dead horse refuse to understand how corporate boards work. (Board members aren’t necessarily involved in day to day activities, and in this case they clearly weren’t.) Plus it would be stupid for a company to agree to legislation that hurts its own sales!

      Go ahead, hold onto your anger. All you’re doing is poisoning yourself. I long thought it was only the left that got bent out of shape over things they didn’t understand. You guys keep proving otherwise.

      • Red Dot Shooter

        I am not a big SA fan and don’t have any of their guns so don’t have a dog in the SA are traitors issue. However, my understanding of the whole issue was SA was involved in anti 2A legislation through “their” lobbyist and were to receive a “cut out” deal to prevent them from having to comply with laws that would effect other gun companies. Seems to me, the deal would improve their sales vice hurt their sales as stated above? Am I seeing this wrong?

        • QuadGMoto

          Illinois was trying to place obnoxious restrictions on dealers and manufacturers in an attempt to reduce sales. The deal the lobbyist came up with or agreed to was to limit those obnoxious restrictions only to the dealers, making it harder for the dealers to actually sell guns. (The dreaded “beat you half to death, this time” “compromise.”)

          Where the lobbyist failed was in failing to realize that the only reason such an option was on the table was because the bill couldn’t pass without such an exception. That was proven by Springfield teaming up with the NRA after this was discovered to put out the word about the bill. Their efforts totally squashed that idiocy, showing just how wrong that lobbyist was.

      • Steven Alexander

        “Board members aren’t necessarily involved in day to day activities, and in this case they clearly weren’t.”

        The board members/company owners and the lobbyist’s were one in the same. They knew EXACTLY what was going on and they signed the donation checks to the anti-gun politicians. Wake up fanboy!!

        • QuadGMoto

          As I said: you insist on refusing to understand the difference between “board” and “daily activities”.

          Don’t you belong to a private range or other group that has regular meetings of members? Find out who the board members are and find out how many of them are directly involved in the everyday, all day activities of that organization. Also find out how often the board meets.

          The entire POINT of setting up a separate organization is so the company can focus on their products and NOT have to worry about the day-to-day meat grinder of lobbying.

          • Steven Alexander
          • QuadGMoto

            Are you or are you not part of an organization that has a board?

            I gave you a way to check up on what I’m saying, and this is your response? Not very rational.

            This is why I think TFB is right to avoid politics. And IMHO, this is a perfect example of a political argument that should be off limits.

          • Steven Alexander

            You call it a political argument, I call it simply stating the facts..

          • QuadGMoto

            As if that response was a well reasoned, evidence based, non-emotional argument.

            Riiiiiiiiigggggghhhhhhhhttttt.

      • Edeco

        To me it’s not about reactively hurting SA but proactively sending a message to all others. SA just volunteered to be the space monkey.

    • Bill

      Just because, I’m buying something.

    • Ratcraft

      Did you see the owner of the company’s video response to all this. Right from the horses mouth. Not hearsay from you tube free gun reviewers. Probably get free Glocks, CZ’s and S&W’s to bad mouth SA. Which at the end of the day is just as crooked. Oh they will say they don’t but do you believe them? Over the owner of a start up gun manufacturing company? I take the guy at his word.

      • Guest User

        damage control, thats all

  • Bill

    I was hoping to beat the obligatory anti-SA diatribes, but wasn’t fast enough.

    The EMP 9 is on my list.

    • Black Dots

      That is a pretty sweet little gun.

  • Black Dots

    Please tell me .40 S&W is making some kind of comeback. I’ve been trying to unload my G23 for a year and no one will touch it.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Nah, .40 is dying a slow death. This is just an example of how out of touch SA is with reality.

    • Slab Rankle

      Is that a joke?

      Any gun shop will buy it from you on the spot unless your asking price is unreasonable and/or your gun is thrashed.

      As for .40 S&W making a comeback, don’t worry, it will, as soon as stories start appearing about perps continuing to fight after being shot with 9mm.

      Don’t worry about what’s trendy. Just shoot what you like and don’t discount external ballistics or common sense.

      9mm is obsolete for everything except paper punching.

      .357 Sig or .40 S&W for real fighting men.

      • Black Dots

        Unfortunately, of the shops in my area only one buys used guns and they offered me $100 for it…so I passed.

    • Wake Up

      40 S&W is not dead, there are plenty of men (and women) that have no issue with the recoil. I just bought a G19 for my daughter…. I’ll stick with my G23 and the rest of my .40s. (she likes the 23 better also)

  • Jeff Smith

    -Springfield Armory
    -.40 S&W
    -1911
    -MSRP over $1,000

    Boy, this comment section is going to be fun.

  • TechnoTriticale

    As with the EMP(3) in 9 and 40, presumably the EMP4 frame, which is aluminum alloy for 9mm, is steel for .40. Any chance it’s stainless? Firearms intended for conceal need to be made of materials that don’t rust or corrode when exposed to human perspiration.

    The EMP4 changed the grip geometry from the EMP(3). The EMP(3) had a CT lasergrip solution. I didn’t check again today, but when the EMP4/9 came out, there didn’t appear to be any conformal laser solution. The lack of a rail option, and the non-standard guide rod further limit laser solutions.

    How available are EMP parts? Due to the grip foreshortening that pretty much defines the EMP, many parts are not standard M1911, as you would expect for a 1911 originally designed around the .45GAP. If you break an extractor, how much trouble is it to replace?

    The bushingless barrels are also non-standard, so threaded barrels for a post-HPA age might become a consideration too.

    The EMP is accurate, reliable and a perfect fit for many hands, but anyone contemplating one needs to understand what they are getting into.

    • QuadGMoto

      I have an EMP 4 in 9mm. Springfield very quickly sent a replacement grip when one of my originals got broken. In the process they confirmed that other grips don’t fit. Their customer service has been excellent the few times I’ve dealt with them.

      I should add that after nearly 2,700 rounds fired through it, I’ve only had 5 failures of any kind, all of them just after I bought it. The only ongoing complaint I have about it is that loading a full magazine (10 rounds) into the gun is pretty hard when the slide is closed.

      As far as threaded barrels, this isn’t a gun I would put a suppressor on. Its purpose is well focused as a carry gun. For situations where a suppressor makes sense, I prefer one with higher capacity magazines.

      • TechnoTriticale

        QuadGMoto: I have an EMP 4 in 9mm.

        What was the appeal of that over the EMP(3)?

        I raised this question when the EMP4 first came out, and I still can’t figure out what the value proposition is. Had I been tasked with improving the EMP(3), the result would not have been very much like the EMP4.

        • QuadGMoto

          Primarily two points: 10 round magazines and the 4″ barrel.

          I’m big enough that the somewhat larger size of the EMP 4 Lightweight doesn’t hurt my ability to carry concealed. In fact, it’s a bit smaller than what I used to carry: a Beretta Cougar in .40. But I can shoot this one heck of a lot better.

          The 4″ barrel gives both a longer sight radius, making aiming easier, not to mention somewhat better velocities.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    I think this is a great example of how out of touch Springfield Armory is with reality.

    37 ounces.
    .40 S&W
    1911, and proprietary!
    Over $1,000 street.

    The only way this gun could be successful is if it had “Glock” stamped on the side.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I actually have no issue with the weight, caliber, platform, uniqueness of design, or price. I simply upvoted you because of your Glock comment.

  • Ratcraft

    1911 this 1911 that 1911 over here 1911 over there. So many damn 1911’s I just don’t care.
    When you make an XDm in 10mm that holds 17 rounds I’m in.

  • Lew Siffer

    This will be perfect for self protection when I drive my Oldsmobile to Blockbuster to rent a VCR tape.

  • Steven Alexander

    Nice gun! Does it also come with 30 pieces of silver?

  • Wake Up

    Looks like I’ll be adding a new Springer to the collection. :).