First Look: New Emissary 1911 pistols from Springfield Armory

Four new models with two different barrel lengths and two different calibers.

posted on March 21, 2024
Springfield emissary

Springfield Armory is adding four new models to the Emissary line of 1911 pistols. These all-black variants are offered in 4.25-inch and 5-inch barrel lengths and are chambered in either 9mm or .45 ACP.

“These four variants add a unique new look to the popular Emissary line of 1911 pistols,” says Steve Kramer, vice president of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “With this all-black finish, shooters now have four new appealing options for a defensive handgun with an additional measure of refinement.”

As with the original two-tone models, these new pistols are constructed with a forged steel frame and slide for strength and durability. In addition to their black Cerakote finish, the pistols have a distinctive squared trigger guard that offers additional room for ease of operation with a gloved hand.

The slide’s “Tri-Top” cut gives the Emissary line a custom look, with a flattened top strap finished with 40 lines-per-inch (lpi) serrations to diffuse light and reduce glare. There is also a tritium front sight that pairs with a Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight for easy target acquisition in all lighting conditions.

Inside the slide, there is a bushing-less stainless steel bull barrel with a black nitride finish for accuracy and reduced felt recoil and muzzle flip. In addition to this, the Emissary’s skeletonized hammer delivers fast lock times and combines with a solid-body, flat-faced trigger for top-end performance.

The front strap and mainspring housing are wrapped in a grenade-pattern texture for firm engagement in adverse conditions, which are matched with slim line grip panels by VZ Grips machined from G10. These new all-black variants include a 4.25 model that features a full-length dustcover with a section of Picatinny rail for accessories such as a light or laser.

Each pistol comes with two top-quality magazines with base pads. MSRP for each of the four new variants is $1,378.

To see the new all-black 1911 Emissary pistols or other products from Springfield Armory, please visit


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