First Look: Springfield Armory Emissary 4.25-Inch 1911 Pistol in 9mm

Springfield Armory has released its Emissary 1911 pistol in 9mm with a 4.25-inch barrel.

posted on May 11, 2022
Springfield Armory Emissary 1911 pistol facing right

Springfield Armory has expanded its Emissary line of 1911’s to include a model with a 4.25-inch barrel chambered in 9 mm. The company positions the Emissary somewhere between a duty-based pistol and a custom 1911, offering a capable pistol with defense-minded features that’s also attractive and well appointed. The Emissary line is intended for serious use as well as concealed carry.

“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 new 4.25-inch-barreled Emissary boasts a mix of form and function in a handgun engineered for self-defense and loaded with custom features. This 1911 is built with a forged stainless steel frame and forged carbon steel slide, with an eye-catching two-tone finish. A standout feature of the Emissary line is of course the squared trigger guard that offers plenty of room for ease of operation even while wearing gloves.

On the slide, Springfield Armory’s proprietary “Tri-Top” cut gives the Emissary flare, while the flat top strap boasts 40 lpi serrations to reduce glare. The front sight features a tritium vial and luminescent paint, while the rear sports Springfield Armory’s Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight for rapid target acquisition in a variety of lighting conditions.  

Other features of note include the bushingless, stainless steel bull barrel, a skeletonized hammer and a solid-body, flat-faced trigger for exemplary performance. The front strap and mainspring housing are wrapped in a grenade-pattern texture for positive purchase in all conditions and paired with slim-line G-10 VZ Grips panels. Each pistol comes with two top-quality 9-round stainless steel magazines with base pads. MSRP is $1,349. For more information on the new Emissary 4.25-inch 1911 in 9 mm and other firearms from Springfield Armory, visit




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