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New for 2021: Springfield Armory Emissary 1911

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Springfield Armory announced the addition of its Emissary 1911 to the company’s extensive lineup of 1911s, bringing a blended mix of elements only found on today’s elite defensive and custom-built guns. Despite the unique, custom styling and construction of the Emissary, it doesn’t carry the price tag of today’s elite custom 1911s.

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At the heart of the Springfield Armory Emissary 1911 is its forged frame, which features unique “grenade-pattern” texturing on the front and backstrap for improved handling. One of the stand-out features of the frame is the three-slot Picatinny accessory rail on the dust cover, giving users plenty of room for attaching lasers, weaponlights and training modules. There are also a set of VZ Grips Thin-Line G10 stocks with texture that matches the grenade-like pattern found on the frame.

Topping the frame is a forged slide with a special tri-top cut usually found only on high-end custom guns. This tri-top slide is lightened with grooves at the front and rear and features a serrated top to reduce glare. A set of Springfield U-dot open sights are dovetailed into the slide, featuring a tritium-illuminated dot at the front and a flat-faced, ledge-style rear sight that gives owners the ability to rack the gun off flat surfaces with a single hand.

Inside the Emissary’s slide is a heavy bull barrel and a full-length steel guide rod, which add more weight to the front end of the gun to help soften recoil and muzzle rise. Other stand-out features of the Emissary include a flat-faced, solid-body trigger and a skeletonized hammer, as well as an extended beavertail grip safety. The gun is available in a two-tone finish only, with a blued carbon-steel slide and a stainless-steel frame. The 5″ bull barrel is cut with a 1:16″ twist rate. Unloaded, the gun weighs 40 ozs, and it measures 8.4″ long and 5.25″ high. Each pistol ships with two eight-round magazines.

The suggested retail price on the Springfield Armory Emissary 1911 is $1,279. For more information, visit springfield-armory.com.

Article by AMERICAN RIFLEMAN STAFF

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