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Anyone have experience with the Springfield EMP?

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Old 02-09-2009, 01:18 AM   #1
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Anyone have experience with the Springfield EMP?

I did a search and couldnt find anything, but if this is a repost i apologize.

I've been looking at the Springfield EMP for a little while now. Does anyone have any experience with this pistol? The pictures I've seen look like the grip is larger than most subcompact handguns. How does this gun score as far as concealment? Performance? Comfort? Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:47 AM   #2
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Thumbs up Springfield EMP

The EMP is one great handgun. You're right about the grip. It is bigger than the normal compact grip. It's almost a full size grip. It fit me perfectly but it's probably best to handle one before you buy. When I first got it I had to show it off to my shootin' buddies and everyone liked it and everyone commented on the nice feel of the grip. As for concealment again no problem I wore it with a Galco Paddle Slide (leather). Very comfortable to wear. As for the performance the EMP is very accurate at any distance. I was surprised and please since it has such a short barrel length. I found it to be very reliable also. Never had a problem with feeding etc. And it's "purrdy" too. Sweet!

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Old 02-09-2009, 06:54 AM   #3
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I have an EMP that goes with me almost every day. It is a fine pistol.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:08 AM   #4
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It is a nice gun...you might want to compare it to the Para-Ordnance Carry 9.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:22 AM   #5
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I have a EMP also. Very Accurate & fun to shoot not to metion they look dead sexy. You cant go wrong with it. Mine will eat any ammo I put in it. Its the 1 gun in my collection I will never get rid of.
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:18 PM   #6
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I' ve seen two EMP's in our local USPSA matches. the guys were newer shooters to uspsa but not shooting.

both did not run very well. very picky with ammo. ran ok on hardball ammo, but not hollowpoints. guns had many failure to extract and or go into battery. some of this might be due to the fact the guns weren't fully broken in yet.

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Old 02-09-2009, 06:02 PM   #7
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My wife has an EMP, it eats everything we've thrown at it. Very reliable, accurate, and fast to shoot. Also, we've found it very easy to conceal.

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I just ran 300 rdes og JHP through mine testerday without 1 single issue. I will say when I first got it with certain types of ammo the slide wouldnt lock back on the last round but I belive it was the ammo. 115 umc was the problem. Also my EMP likes to run wet.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:51 AM   #9
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I just ran 300 rdes og JHP through mine testerday without 1 single issue. I will say when I first got it with certain types of ammo the slide wouldnt lock back on the last round but I belive it was the ammo. 115 umc was the problem. Also my EMP likes to run wet.
There are two things to stay away from:
  1. A Springfield EMP
  2. Putting 115gr UMC into an EMP
Because:
  1. Once you get your EMP working reliably you will be obsessed with finding another to keep NIB on a shelf just in case you want to get a third, fourth, and so on until you own more than anyone else
  2. 115gr UMC is horribly underpowered compared to 115gr Winchester USA (aka WWB), and will not provide enough recoil to lock the slide back.
C5Racer99, where did you get the grips, and what size are the slide stop and safeties? Are those ambidextrous safeties?
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C5Racer99, where did you get the grips, and what size are the slide stop and safeties? Are those ambidextrous safeties?

The grips were custom made for the EMP by Bill Robbins.

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When I initially contact him about making the grips I sent him some photos of a standard Officer sized grip sitting on the EMP and his response is below. He did a really good job on them. I don't recall what I paid but it wasn't much, much less than what Ajax Grips wanted for the same job. We've had them over a year with many rounds down the pipe, no issues.

"I think I can handle that, the grip thickness will still be close but deeper cut hole and shallower bushing reliefs will help this, can go a little thinner though, the way I cut the mag release relief is really close, all i have to do is come down about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch and make it about standard notch width. Ican make sure the left grips dont cross the plunger tube more than 30 %."

I have fit other officer sized grips to this gun as well. The main difference, other than bushing size, is the location of the relief for the mag release. On the grips in the picture below I adjusted the cutout for the mag release by using a round file and it looked like they were made that way to begin with.

I'm thinking the slide stop and thumb safety are Wilson (I've been wrong before according to my wife), I took them from my spare parts box and they worked fine. There's nothing special about them as they are standard 1911 parts. The safety isn't ambi, but an ambi would work fine as long as the right grip is cut for it.

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