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.
To 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
The 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.