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connectegr 07-02-2013 09:04 PM

Springfield EMP 40 - comments
I picked up Springfield EMP 40 this afternoon. I have owned several 1911's, Kimber Ultra CDP and a Wilson Combat CQB. The 40 S&W in a 3" barrel makes pretty good sense. The Kimber was an aluminum frame 3", and was surprisingly accurate. The EMP feels a little heavier than the Kimber. I am hoping that the additional weight and smaller 40 S&W will make a natural combination. It feels tight and solid in the hand. Surprisingly so, for a production gun.

After a few hundred rounds, I am hoping to make this my concealed carry choice.

Does anyone have any comments?

Que 07-03-2013 12:08 PM

interested in what ya think once you get to shoot it and carry for a bit.

connectegr 07-03-2013 01:10 PM

I hope to have a range report soon. I tried last night and there is no 40 S&W ammo at my club. I tried Walmart and Academy, and no luck.

connectegr 07-11-2013 06:06 PM

Small range report...
For the ammo I could find. 100 American Eagle, 20 Federal Personal Defense. For this small sampling the gun was flawless. The steel frame and weight, result in the best feeling handgun I have ever owned. It feels substantial and solid in my hand. This feel continued through the 180gr FMJ's. The Federal hydro-shoks felt even better. Drawing and 3 shots were smooth and quick. At 10 yards the 3" barrel is surprising accurate.

I cannot say enough about the feel. My larger WC 1911, shoots great and feels solid. But the size is like swinging a framing hammer. Functional to the task, but big. The EMP 40 feels balanced. 40 S&W has a sharp recoil, but the weight and fullsize grip are a perfect offset. I never felt this solid combination with my Glock 23. And my previous aluminum frame ultra or officer size 1911's did not have this balanced feel in my hand.

Now if I could just find some more ammo...

Mouser 07-11-2013 06:38 PM

My last purchase was an EMP in 9mm and I truly love to shoot the gun. The gun has an excellent sight window and the crisp 1911 trigger. It feels solid, in terms of weight and my wife likes to shoot it too and that is primarly due to a combination of comfortable grips and low recoil. I have nothing bad to say about it though, as a 1911 model, be prepard to part with about $1100 to pick one up!

In addition, like the XD models, it comes with some nice accessories inclucing a synthetic holster which is nice and a real nice case.

JW357 07-11-2013 07:35 PM

Glad you enjoy it so far. I still want one. Haven't decided on the caliber, and its or terribly high on my list (only because of the price point) but its on the list and I'm sure someday I'll find a nice used one.

Congrats on the purchase.

dallascj 07-15-2013 10:08 PM

I have an EMP in .40 and I really like the pistol. It is a surprisingly fun and accurate gun to shoot especially given its size. I have about 300 rds through mine and my only issue was that I had a hard time focusing on the front sight with my old eyes. My gunsmith changed out the sights for an XS Big Dot front and a u-notched rear sight. I love this sight picture but haven't had a chance to test it at the range yet. I agree that this will be a great carry gun and hope you like yours.

connectegr 08-09-2013 07:39 PM

Another 300 rounds of Tula, for lunch today. Only positive comments.

I found a box of El Dorado Starfire HP in the safe. They have to be 15 years old. I carried them in my Sig P229 after the bad press with Winchester Black Talons. The Starfires had several FTF problems. I don't recall any problems with my 229. Is there a shelf life?

bige91603 08-09-2013 07:48 PM

As long as the powder is loose and dry ot should be fine. But there may have been some minor corrosion on the brass from 15 years of sitting

connectegr 08-09-2013 08:45 PM

The Starfires had been stored in my safe. But, I gave 10 of the 20 to the range officer, after they fed only 50-75%. They were a little tight to eject. It was not worth trying more than once.

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