Here is my EMP 40 frame, it is obviously pinned from the factory.I was the gunsmith at our local indoor range for a couple of years. We had a full line of Springfield 1911 pistols, including the EMP's. Overall they are good little pistols but there are a couple of things I observed on two EMP's that were sold. These were early models so keep that in mind. The first one had feed issues from the magazine into the chamber. Springfield got them taken care of in short order. The second one was a bit more obscure. The customer brought it to me a couple of times claiming that it was short cycling. I looked it over the first time and figured it just needed some lube. I oiled it up for him and he went on his way. A week or two later he was back with the same problem. I took the slide off the frame and carefully inspected the part relationships. What I found really disappointed me. I noticed that the ejector was not pinned into the frame, rather it was pressed in. The ejector had lifted up and was rubbing on the bottom of the slide increasing friction. That friction was slowing the slide down enough to interfere with proper function. There was an obvious wear pattern on the bottom of the slide and the top of the ejector. I looked at several of the other EMP's we had in the case and found that they were all the same. I talked to our local rep and he checked with Springfield directly. They were made without pinned ejectors intentionally. I sent two back in the time I was there to have the ejectors pinned because they were lifting up during operation. If you get an EMP I would recommend you get the ejector pinned. Its a bit disappointing that a $1200+ 1911 pistol requires work right out of the box. Once that issue is fixed then it should run like a top. One thing I can attest to is that Springfield has always taken care of the customer issues that I found.
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