First Look: Springfield EMP 4-inch

First Look: Springfield EMP 4-inch

springfield-emp-4-inch

New for 2016, Springfield Armory introduced an upgraded version of the EMP. An extended length and height make the new EMP four-inch Lightweight Champion easier to shoot while adding ammunition capacity.

The all-new Springfield EMP offers a longer four-inch barrel that presents a longer sight radius and simplified practical accuracy. Depending on specific ammunition choice, the extended barrel length will also add an extra 20 to 60 feet per second of muzzle velocity. That helps premium self-defense ammunition perform up to its designed potential.

"While the original EMP three-inch models are surprisingly easy to handle, we wanted to continue to make it better," Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese said. "The extra weight up front on the new four-inch model not only helps dampen felt recoil, it helps control muzzle flip, allowing shooters to complete faster and more accurate follow-up shots."


The frame height has also been carefully increased with similar proportions. The new grip allows plenty of room for a solid two-handed hold, even for shooters with larger hands. While the original Springfield EMP 9mm held nine rounds in the magazine, the new four-inch model fits ten plus one in the chamber. The new model retains the same grip circumference found on the original EMP.


Like the original, the Springfield EMP four-inch sports slim-line Cocobolo wood grips and two-tone forged 416 stainless steel slide and 7075 black anodized aluminum frame. A fiber optic front sight and two-dot, low-profile combat rear sight for effortless target acquisition.


Extras like the proprietary Springfield Armory Posi-Lok texture on the front of the grip frame are included at no extra cost as is the matching texture on the mainspring housing.

"It's an elite quality pistol," Reese said. "regarding size, this Springfield EMP four-inch is one of the smallest on the market. The four-inch slide allows for a more user-friendly experience while the smaller grip maintains the optimal size for concealed carry."


Recommended for You

Kahr's K9 9mm pistol is a quarter-century old, and to commemorate the milestone the company is producing a limited-edition 25th anniversary K9. Industry

Kahr 25th Anniversary K9

J. Scott Rupp - July 19, 2019

Kahr's K9 9mm pistol is a quarter-century old, and to commemorate the milestone the company is...

SIG SAUER has introduced the American Made P210 Standard pistol to the U.S. Commercial Market. Semi-Auto

SIG P210 Standard Pistol: Legendary and American Made

Handguns Online Staff - April 23, 2019

SIG SAUER has introduced the American Made P210 Standard pistol to the U.S. Commercial Market.

Guns are fun, and cheap guns are even more fun. Spend less on the firearm and more on ammo with these 10 low-priced pistols. Compact

10 Cheap Guns Under $250

Evan Brune - September 24, 2015

Guns are fun, and cheap guns are even more fun. Spend less on the firearm and more on ammo...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

Speer's Jared Hinton shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the new Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun load.

All About Handgun Ammo

All About Handgun Ammo

Rich and Jim get into the nitty gritty of the FBI ammo protocol, firing into various barriers to illustrate what can happen to a bullet.

Performance Center M&P Shield M2.0

Performance Center M&P Shield M2.0

From Smith & Wesson, the M&P Shield M2.0 is a great option for a carry gun with optics option.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

The Ruger SR1911 is offered in two versions, an all-stainless in .45 ACP (model # 6762) and a two-tone aluminum-framed model in 9mm (model # 6758). This review by James Tarr will focus on the 9mm. 1911

Ruger SR1911 Officer-Style 9mm Review

James Tarr - May 01, 2019

The Ruger SR1911 is offered in two versions, an all-stainless in .45 ACP (model # 6762) and a...

Do you remember the first time you fired a gun? If you're like most, you were somewhat Training

Pro Tips For Controlling Recoil

Richard Nance - April 11, 2017

Do you remember the first time you fired a gun? If you're like most, you were somewhat

Available in .38 Super, 9mm and .45 ACP, the Ed Brown 1911 Executive Commander offers a terrific balance of weight, power and shootability. 1911

Ed Brown 1911 Executive Commander 9mm Review

J. Scott Rupp - May 08, 2019

Available in .38 Super, 9mm and .45 ACP, the Ed Brown 1911 Executive Commander offers a...

See More Stories

More 1911

A fitting tribute to the legacy Dan Wesson left behind. 1911

Handgun Beauties: Dan Wesson 50th Anniversary

Stan Trzoniec - October 11, 2018

A fitting tribute to the legacy Dan Wesson left behind.

Wilson Combat has tweaked its CQB to create what is an essentially new pistol. 1911

Review: Wilson Combat CQB

Patrick Sweeney - April 01, 2019

Wilson Combat has tweaked its CQB to create what is an essentially new pistol.

The Wilson Combat EXPERIOR series pistols are a unique blend of classic 1911 design with modern reliability and ergonomic enhancements that optimize overall handling and shooting performance. 1911

Modern 1911 Pistols – Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series

Handguns Digital Staff - December 11, 2019

The Wilson Combat EXPERIOR series pistols are a unique blend of classic 1911 design with...

See More 1911

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.