The Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) line is Springfield’s idea of a concealed carry 1911. It’s a really good idea, and with a 4-inch barrel, it is an even better idea. The EMP4 is chambered in 9mm or .40 S&W, and the extra barrel length increases muzzle velocity by 20 to 60 percent so it works more efficiently with newer self-defense ammunition. The grip has also been slightly redesigned so the pistol is easier to control with two hands. The front grip strap is aggressively textured, so your follow-up shot is more precise. Plus, it is lightweight, so every day carry is more comfortable. EMP4 Specs — Caliber: 9mm Barrel: 4 in. Overall Length: 7.5 in. Weight: 31 oz. Capacity: 10+1 Finish: Two-tone MSRP: $1,179
In a world where striker-fired pistols rule the roost and the number of 1911-style pistols is too many to count, these select manufacturers have debuted new semi-automatic pistol models that offer a new way of thinking with refinement and attention to details. These are the standouts that stand out in the crowd.
Editor's Note: This article appeared in the Winter 2016 Gun Digest the Magazine.
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