Springfield EMP Owners: Did You Shoot It First?

Springfield EMP Owners: Did You Shoot It First?

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    Springfield EMP Owners: Did You Shoot It First?

    I am really wanting to try out an EMP to see if I like it. You guys who own one, did you practice shooting a rental/loaner first? Or did you just buy the gun without shooting it?

    I ask because since no one seems to have 'em in stock, there's virtually no way to shoot one unless you know someone that owns one. Maybe it's just me but I like to shoot a gun before I spend $$ on it.


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    Well, since you don't get to shoot the one you buy unless you are buying used, the point is a bit moot. It is a nice little 1911 slightly downsized clone. It has a 1911 grip, trigger, and overall feel. It is about the same weight as the ultracompacts in .45 acp, but with a lot less recoil.

    I would definitely want to handle one and feel the trigger, safety, etc. before purchasing, but I was happy to buy one without having fired it.
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    Spingfield reps were at a gun shop in my area a while back. And had there emp to try out. i had the chance to do so and if I could afford one I would have it. they are great shooting guns. i ended up with a xdsc which is also a good gun for the money. Sixgun

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    I was able to find an EMP-9mm for rental at Winchester Gun Range in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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    I shot a used one that belongs to the range owners. Pleasant little gun but I had mis-feeds and the owner did too. I have seen and shot one other that ran fine. Getting a new one is tough. They are scarce.

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    I have had one on order for 3 Months so far and still no sign of it!

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    I had the chance to handle one at my local dealer a few months ago. It felt great in my hand and was well built. Very tempting but fairly expensive.
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    I've shoot one. Put several magazines through it. Very sweet firearm. I have two issues with it. I'll preface this with, I carry a Colt Defender .45. The EMP is probably half inch shorter, and obvioulsy the grips are slimmer given it's a 9mm, thus even slightly lighter weight than my Defender. First issue, the bottom of the beavertail has a protrusion to it. After the very first magazine, I had an uncomfortable indentation in the palm of my hand. If I bought one, I would have a gunsmith file that down to a smooth beavertail. Other issue is, the tips of my strong hand fingers land at the front edge of the wood grips. That edge is fairly sharp. I would want to switch those grips out for rubber grips. Unfortunately, Hogue is not making rubber grips yet for the EMP. Even if I had the $1200 available to me to purchase one, I'm not sure I'd buy one until rubber grips are made for it.
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    No....when I seen it I knew it was the pistol I wanted. I bought mine at Gunbroker.com for 960.00. I love it.
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    Nope, couldn't get my hands on one. Placed my order and got on the list. Found out today that mine is slated for manufacture in the June production run.....can't wait.

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    We have one at the shop NIB for sale if anyone can't find one, wants one, pm or email me if interested.

    I bought mine NIB, without trying any other first. Mines been 100% through 700 rds or so. I did the polish the feed ramp before it went to the range but I do that with every new gun.

    My initial review/results with the EMP here:

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    I do not own an EMP. Why? I haven't seen one for sale at a price I want to pay. Would I buy one? Yes, in a heart beat after twice shooting one . The EMP I fired had one quirk, it was more accurate from a Modified Weaver than off the bench. Regards, Richard

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    I just bought one and shot it after I got it. I wasn't disappointed.
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    I did the research, but bought mine before shooting one. You're right that unless you know someone who has one it's to try before you buy, but even if you found a rental you'd have no idea of how it's been treated, abused, or cleaned. Usually word of mouth is a good indicator of if a weapon is viable.


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