According to Combat Handguns contributor Guy J. Sagi, “When it comes to carry guns, the best balance of features is to have as much power in as compact a package as possible. For many, the .40-caliber cartridge fits the bill perfectly, getting bore diameter up to the four-tenths of an inch mark while still fitting in a package sized in the range of many 9mm pistols.” Luckily, in the upcoming December 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, Sagi was able to get his hands on Springfield Armory’s new Enhanced Micro Pistol, or EMP.
According to Sagi, “Chambered in .40 S&W, this is one of the sweetest- and softest-shooting compact handguns for this cartridge I’ve ever handled. Don’t get me wrong, recoil from a .40 S&W isn’t painful. Its impulse is different— snappier, if you will—and a little foreign to someone weaned on .45 ACP 1911s. Fifty rounds out of most small guns with this cartridge can get a little uncomfortable, but after more than 100 rounds with the EMP, I was eager for more.”

Did Sagi experience any problems at the range with the EMP? To learn more about the gun and how it was designed from the ground up for concealed carry, check out the December 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally September 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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  • Jerry Lewiston

    I am a BIG 1911 fan, and have carried one type or another since I was in my twenties. From Government models to Commanders, I have always liked my 1911s. I just like the design, the handling and the history of them. I also appreciate the fact that the 1911 served with our military for more than a century now. The guns just feel “right” in my hand. I also am a BIG fan of the .40 and how it splits the differnence between the 9mm and the .45. I like both of those other rounds, but the .40 just seems to offer the best of both worlds for me. So, I have been looking for a 1911 in .40 that is easy to carry and conceal. Thanks so much for reviewing the Springfield EMP in .40. While there are .40 1911s available, I think most .40s are polymer guns or double actions. Nothing wrong with these, just not what I want. For someone like me looking for a tiny gun in .40 that is a 1911, the choices are not that many. I am definitely going to consider getting one of these now to be my carry gun as it seems to offer everything I want. Also, I have owned Springfield 1911s in the past and know that they only build quality guns. Thanks again for covering this gun. It is really appreciated! Do you all know of any local dealers here in North Dakota where I can pick one up? I am new to the area.