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Springfield 4.25-inch 1911 Emissary 9mm Pistol: First Look

Springfield Armory has added a 4.25-inch-barrel 1911 Emissary 9mm pistol to the handgun line popular for everyday carry. Here's a first look. 

Springfield 4.25-inch 1911 Emissary 9mm Pistol: First Look

(Photo courtesy of Springfield Armory)

Springfield Armory has announced the newest addition to its line of popular Emissary 1911s—the Emissary 4.25-inch in 9mm. Bridging the gap between duty and custom handguns, the Emissary delivers a bold and capable 1911 pistol with defense-minded features intended for serious use as well as convenient carry.

The new 4.25-inch Emissary blends form and function seamlessly in a firearm built for defense and loaded with custom-grade features. It’s constructed with a forged stainless steel frame and forged carbon steel slide, with a beautiful two-tone finish. The blued carbon steel slide pairs with a stainless steel frame featuring a distinctive squared trigger guard with additional room for ease of operation with a gloved hand.

The slide’s “Tri-Top” cut gives the Emissary custom styling, while a flattened top strap is finished with 40 LPI serrations to diffuse light and reduce glare. On top, the tritium and luminescent front sight on the Emissary pairs with a Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight for easy target acquisition in all lighting conditions.

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(Photo courtesy of Springfield Armory)

A bushingless stainless steel 4.25-inch bull barrel delivers maximum accuracy while reducing felt recoil and muzzle flip. In addition, the Emissary’s skeletonized hammer delivers ultra-fast lock times and combines with a solid-body, flat-faced trigger for top-end performance. 

The forged stainless frame’s front strap and mainspring housing are wrapped in a grenade-pattern texture for firm engagement in adverse conditions, which are matched with slimline grip panels by VZ Grips machined from G10. Each pistol comes with two top-quality 9-round stainless steel magazines with base pads. MSRP is $1,349.

“With its more compact slide and barrel length and the ever-popular 9mm chambering, this newest addition to Springfield Armory’s 1911 family of pistols provides an excellent option for a defensive handgun with an added level of refinement,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory.

The Emissary 4.25-inch 9mm is truly a refined 1911 built for self-defense, blending the best elements of a defensive handgun and a custom pistol to create a gorgeous and capable firearm that stands ready to deliver.

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(Photo courtesy of Springfield Armory)

1911 Emissary 4.25-inch Handgun Specifications

  • Part No.: PX9217L
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • MSRP: $1,349
  • Color: Blued / Stainless
  • Barrel: 4.25 in. Forged Stainless Steel, Match Grade, Fully Supported Ramp, Bull, 1:16
  • Slide: Forged Carbon Steel, Blued
  • Frame: Forged Stainless Steel
  • Sights: Tritium/Luminescent Front, Tactical Rack U-Notch Rear
  • Recoil System: Commander Length
  • Grips: VZ Grips Thin-Line G10
  • Magazines: (2) 9-Round
  • Weight: 40 oz.
  • Length: 7.75 in.
  • Height: 5.25 in.
  • Manufacturer: Springfield Armory;
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