Stats on the Enhanced Micro Pistol [ EMP ]
The slide is shortened, and in doing so, the Springfield design engineers also had to shorten the extractor, the firing pin, and the firing pin spring. Springfield refers to this new shortened and enhanced firing mechanism as a "short-action 1911"
9 rds in the mag, one on the pipe.
3" stainless steel match grade bushingless bull barrel
Fixed low profile Novak no-snag night sights standard
Forged aluminum alloy frame, stainless slide
Dual spring full length guide rod
Ambi thumb safties
Enhancded Grip safety with hammer beavertail
Height: 5 inches
Length: 6.6 inches
Weight: 26 ounces
Went to the range before I left for Tenn, 300 rds later here's the report on mine.
Rd 32 failed to feed fully, a tap on the slide sent it into battery.
The rest of the 300 rds of ball ammo worked flawlessly before and after rd 32.
The mags did not lock the slide back on the last rd until 3 loading of each, then they worked as designed locking the slide on the last round.
I shot at 10 yrds for group on the first 50 rds. Two mags inside 2" at 30 feet, most of them inside 1.4 inches. They shot to POA, not high, low or left and right.
Fired the last 100 rapid fire, the gun worked flawlessly as well.
Threw some Win Ranger 147 loads into two mags, they feed, extract and lock the slide back with no problems.
I tore it down before firing the gun, dremel polished the feed ramp to mirror smooth, lubed the hell out of it with gun slick on the rails, end of barrel, locking lugs, etc. Got home and cleaned and relubed it.
It's good to go, and I have no quams about carrying it.
It's a keeper, runs fine and puts em where I want em. Emminently easier to shoot than the Kahr pm9 I have and holds a total of 3 more rounds. Fits in the OWB holster for the g26 acceptably and in the IWB for the 4 inch 1911 Springers or Colts.
Some of the EMP's have tight chambers and FTF's are common with them. Some have mag problems the way they are made sending the round nose diving into the feedramp, others have so tight a fit from slide to frame that that is an issue with others.
Mine could have had all the above or any of these issues individually and I knew that going into this. Thats why it went to the range the next day to wring it out and find out if it was going to go back to SA for something to be "tweeked".
Most of these EMPs are not having any issues, but the above should be fully noted and understood when purchasing one, that it could be problematic. I got a good one, it runs great and will only get better continuing to break in over the next few months.
What I like about it over the G26:
It's thinner, by quite a good bit, so it hides under my T shirts much better. The trigger and controls are something I'm ultimately familiar with in the 1911's so there is no ramp up time to change to this one for me personally.
It holds 1 less than the G26 but I can live with that as it's so easy to conceal. It feels very comfortable in my "average" sized hands. The G26 is comfortable as well, but not quite as much. If we took a scale of 1-10 for both for being comfortable in the hand, the G26 would be a 7-8, and the EMP would be a 10 [ for me ].
Several of the students got to fire it while in Tenn. It ran as well for another couple of hundred rds or so through their hands as well.
Anyone fired one of these, own one, know someone who owns one? Have opinions on this firearm?