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09-04-2010, 12:06 PM
hey all

I'm in the market for a 9mm 1911.

I'm looking for opinions on the few options out there for CA (and please no '9mm 1911's are sacriligious' discussions).

I'm wanting a Springfield 9130LP but haven't found anywhere where these are stocked.

My next alternative is the Kimber stainless target II, but i'm not wanting 'target' sights, and the rear part of the kimber slide has a notch cut out in it for the rear target site to 'seat'.

I've excluded the Para p18.9 since it is double stacked and a bit thicker than I like (also what's the point of having a double stack if you can only load 10 rounds?)

I'm looking to get this in January next year, but was wondering if maybe I should hold off until (is it Sykes or Pena?) is decided and possibly there are more 9mm 1911 options open (once hopefully the roster is declared unconstitutional)?

09-04-2010, 12:33 PM
If I were buying a 9mm 1911 it would be an EMP.

09-04-2010, 1:35 PM
+1. Just bought my first 1911 in 9 and it's am Emp :)

09-04-2010, 7:58 PM
I am in the same boat, looking for a 9mm 1911 too. Rock Island makes a very nice 9mm Tactical, but it is not on the CA list yet. I called Rock Island about a month ago and asked when it would be approved, and they said they are working on it but it will take some time (unknown duration).

You could buy a Rock Island 38 Super for $500 approx. and put in a 9mm barrel ($50 for 9mm Swanson barrel at Midway). There has been some discussion of 38 Super to 9mm conversions on 1911 Forum. From what I have read it is easy to accomplish since the extractor and bolt (slide face) are the same.

09-04-2010, 8:44 PM
I ordered the Kimber Stainless Target II for my wife. After waiting 7 months, the factory would not commit to a ship date and I canceled the order. I found the Springfield 9mm listed as a private sale on "the High Road" and had it transferred to a local dealer.

My wife loves her new gun. The Springfield is full sized so easy on the hands. The target trigger and sights are good. The Springfield 9mm is not as accurate as my Kimber 45. I wish I knew why. I have to try some 147 grain ammunition and see how that shoots.

09-04-2010, 9:08 PM

09-04-2010, 10:03 PM
another vote for a serious look at the EMP

the .45ACP sized 1911 chambered for the 9mm is known to have feeding problems when fed on anything but FMJ ammo. Check out 10-8 forum...Hilton Yam is trying to get one to work reliably to save his elbows

09-04-2010, 10:09 PM
One note about the EMPs, aside from being a solid pistol. A lot of people are iffy about certain 1911 magazines, especially with ones made for such a rare 1911 caliber (9mm). The Springer factory mags are made by Mec-Gar which are good stuff.


09-05-2010, 8:28 AM
EMP's are down-sized pistols with a good reputation for concealed carry but do any parts of an EMP really interchange with a real 1911? Just curious. I"ve read the magazines don't interchange.

09-05-2010, 9:17 AM
EMP's are down-sized pistols with a good reputation for concealed carry but do any parts of an EMP really interchange with a real 1911? Just curious. I"ve read the magazines don't interchange.
I can't say for sure but I doubt it. It's a scaled down 1911 with scaled down parts.

09-05-2010, 9:33 AM
I seem to remember that the EMP has 11 or 13 exclusive parts (counting the grip panels), but everything else interchanges.

IE: the mags and trigger don't swap, but the thumb safety does and most of the internals do. the mags are sized specifically for the 9mm round...that's a 127gr Ranger slug pictured


09-05-2010, 10:45 AM
I am looking for one as well for my wife. She is taking the front sight 4 day defensive handgun course and she likes shooting my friends kimber in 45, but we both want the cheaper cost of the 9mm (she also wants it for IDPA). Problem I seem to be having is finding one in a 5" barrel that is CA legal.

09-05-2010, 2:11 PM

It's on the list.