Originally Posted by ThreeFingerPete
As a sub-compact carry piece, no. I have shot a dozen kimbers or more with experiences ranging from wonderful to horrible. They're nice, as are the springfields.
If I'm going to have something beating around in my pocket/on my hip, my main concern is reliability. I have found that some of the polymer guns are unbeatable in this category. Couple that with lower parices and I'll save the pretty guns for the safe.
Agreed. I'm not found of the 1911 from a reliability point but I've been pretty satisfied of my Kimber Customer Classic II after "hundreds" of rounds. Still not my carry piece but dammit it hasn't failed me at the range yet and it sits near my night stand and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up if someone came a knocking.
Same holds true for the Springfield EMP. It would have to go through at least hundreds of rounds before I would trust it. It probably wouldn't take the place of my G27 as my carry piece but hanging out on my patio late at night I'd strap it on.
That being said I've already heard at least one bad review. Didn't seem like he could get past a mag or two without a failure. It would really need to be tested before I would trust it but that could be said with any firearm.
9mm is cheap and I could afford to do the testing. I'm sure if I threw it out there I could get some volunteers to "test" it as well
I like it. I'd probably consider the .40 too, have to see what it weighs. I've seen nothing but .40 around here for months! I wish I owned something in that caliber.
I've already got two Glock .40's. Like I've said, I've thought about getting a Glock 17 for a 9mm "plinker" because it looks like I'm seeing the availability starting to come around. I just think the EMP would be a fun (although expensive) gun to play around with.
I agree, another issue with EMP design is that it is a shrunken down 1911 design. A kimber "ultra" model uses a 1911 officer frame with a 3" slide. The EMP's entire design is shrunken down and as a result it uses a lot of proprietary parts rather than off the shelf 1911 parts.
True. But that's also advantage having parts designed for the compact package. My only issue would be magazines. I've got a habit of buying at least half a dozen magazines for whatever semi auto pistol I own. I've heard Mecgar (spelling) makes the stock magazines so hopefully they will be affordable.