Springfield Armory EMP Champion

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Springfield Armory EMP 4inch Lightweight Champion left side photoUsers’ Rating (Click a star to rate this gun.)

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Summary: The description, specs, photos, pricing and user ratings for the Springfield Armory EMP Champion pistol.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Springfield Armory EMP Champion is a short-action 1911-style pistol chambered in 9mm or .40 SW. The 9mm model is built on a black anodized aluminum frame, and the .40 SW model is built on a carbon steel frame with a black Armory Kote finish. You can get either a standard-shape aluminum frame, or a bobtail aluminum frame (which Springfield calls the Concealed Carry Contour model). All frames carry a forged stainless steel slide with a satin finish, and a 4″ bull barrel. (Note: “EMP” stands for Enhanced Micro Pistol—ed.)

Other features include:

  • A fully supported ramp;
  • a dual spring and full-length guide rod recoil system;

    Springfield Armory EMP 4inch Lightweight Champion left side photo

    The EMP Champion with the slam-pad magazine, from the left.

  • a loaded chamber indicator;
  • rear slide serrations;
  • a beavertail grip safety;
  • an ambidextrous thumb safety;
  • a long aluminum match grade trigger;
  • either cocobolo grips on the standard frame, or black G10 grips on the bobtail frame;
  • a lowered and flared ejection port;
  • backstrap grip checkering;
  • Posi Lock grip texturing on the front strap;
  • a fiber optic front sight;
  • a low-profile rear sight with two white dots;
  • a beveled mag well; and
  • three blued magazines with or without a slam pad.

On camera: Check out Hickok45’s video review of the EMP Champion.

The Specs

Frame Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Height Weight
standard 9mm 10+1 4″ 7.5″ 5.5″ 31 oz. w/empty mag
bobtail 9mm 10+1 4″ 7.5″ 5.5″ 30 oz. w/empty mag
standard .40 SW n/a 4″ 7.5″ 5.5″ n/a


MSRP: $1,200

Note: Springfield also offers smaller versions of this pistol, the original EMP.

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Springfield Armory EMP 4inch Lightweight Champion right front photo

The standard-frame 9mm EMP Champion with the slam-pad magazine.

Springfield Armory EMP Champion bobtail right side photo

The 9mm EMP Champion with the bobtail frame and flush-fit magazine.

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