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Springfield Armory Releases 4.25-Inch 9mm Emissary 1911

Springfield Armory’s .45 ACP Emissary already received the compact treatment, but now the 9mm Emissary is available with a 4.25-inch barrel as well.

Springfield Armory introduced the Emissary 1911 in .45 ACP in 2021, and its release made some waves in the defensive handgun world. Springfield described the pistol’s features as “bridging the gap between duty and custom handguns,” and they certainly had a lot of appeal in terms of both form and function. While full-size, .45 ACP 1911s are the truest to Browning’s original design, many feel that there’s room for improvement for models designed to be carried concealed. For those who were interested in carrying a Springfield Emissary but were holding out for a model with more CCW-friendly features, the 4.25-inch 9mm Emissary 1911 is now available for your consideration.

Most of the new pistol’s features are consistent with the rest of the Emissary series. Regarding manufacturing quality and strength, this includes its forged stainless steel frame, forged carbon steel slide and bushingless stainless steel 4.25-inch bull barrel. Ergonomic enhancing features include the distinctive square, enlarged trigger guard, the flat-faced trigger and its slim, VZ G10 grip panels. The front strap and mainspring housing are aggressively textured as well. Other features that enhance the new 9mm Emissary 1911’s defensive capabilities include the tritium front sight, Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight, and a machined “Tri-Top” cut slide that helps to prevent glare. The pistol also shares the same two-tone finish as the other Springfield 1911s in the Emissary series.

Steve Kramer, VP of Marketing for Springfield Armory, said this on the 4.25-inch 9mm Emissary:

With its more compact slide and barrel length and the ever-popular 9mm chambering, this newest addition to Springfield Armory’s 1911 family of pistols provides an excellent option for a defensive handgun with an added level of refinement…

Each 4.25-inch 9mm Emissary 1911 will include two 9-round mags and have an MSRP of $1,349.

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