A Manly 9mm High Quality American made by American Craftsmen Defense Weapon

In the latter years of my law enforcement career, when I was Chief and the rule maker, I carried a 1911 .45acp. The department issue was, and is, the 9mm Glock. When I qualified with my 1911 .45acp my score was 100%. All rounds from 25 to 3 yards were within the nine ring. All shots outside of the nine ring was one point reduction.

The young sergeant who qualified me asked why I did not carry a departmental Glock? My answer was, “Sergeant I use to carry sidearms with double stacked magazines. S&W, SIG, and others. Then it came to me one day, it is not how many rounds you carry, but how you use the ones you do have. I do not need to bring eighteen rounds to a gunfight, but eight well engineered dirt-nap pills.” I went on to say, “Now here in my hand is a 1911 pistol which was designed in the year 1911 still in produced ever since. This manly pistol is designed with three distinct safeties. Your Glock has three internal safeties which are disengaged once the trigger is being pulled…. intentionally or not. Two of the three safeties of the 1911 pistol must be manually disengaged. The third safety ensures if the other two are somehow disengaged, but the trigger is not pulled, the hammer will fall to half-cock. Now my pistol was designed by an American, made by Americans in America for Americans.”

My 1911 then and now is a true symbol of American Freedom. The 1911 has served Americans in war and peace for more than 112 years. I jumped at the chance when I had an opportunity to test and evaluate a Springfield 1911 Ronin in 9mm.

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The very nice people at Springfield Armory provided me the Ronin EMP 1911 in 9mm with one extra magazine. In addition, for this T&E, the very nice people from Galco sent me my favorite Avenger belt holster, double clip pouch, and their Hidden Agenda business organizer which holds one pistol and one extra magazine in the back zipper compartment. The two top ammo companies, Hornady and Winchester, provided the 9mm ammo.

On a nice cloudy Oklahoma day, with very little wind, Gridley, Kevin, and I went to the Oklahoma City Gun Club to test out the 1911 Ronin® EMP® 4.25 Inch pistol chambered in 9mm. Once we set up the target frame attaching a NRA law enforcement approved silhouette I said, “Safety rules review then let the shooting begin.”

If you check out the YouTube video attached to this article, you will see how well the Springfield Ronin EMP in 9mm functioned. I started off by shooting a couple of mags to see where these fixed sights and my eyes put the rounds. At 15 yards I was shooting high and left in the nine and ten ring. Next Kevin was the shooter up. Kevin has had some exposure to shooting a semi-auto pistol, but not the manly 1911 Springfield. When I turned this Springfield over to Kevin, he was very careful and followed the range rules as well as my rules. Kevin fired two mags of 9mm basically shooting high and left. I had him adjust his hold and place pressure to the left side of the frame. Kevin’s shots came back into center mass, but still a little to the left.

The Springfield Ronin has rear and front sights which can be adjusted for windage. In this case I would adjust the rear sight. However, for this test and evaluation, I left the rear sight as it came from the factory. All in all, we fired around 100 rounds of 9mm. The Winchester and Hornady ammo functioned perfectly.

Springfield Armory says it best why their 1911 9mm Ronin EMP is unique by superior engineering.

“Rather than simply shortening the barrel and slide like most compact 1911 pistols, the EMP also shortens the frame and action. In fact, the pistol features 11 proprietary parts distinct from a standard 1911 as a result of this adaptation. The result is a pistol with a reduced grip radius for both enhanced comfort and concealability. Proprietary parts include the frame, slide, firing pin, firing pin spring, extractor, ejector, trigger, plunger tube, plunger tube assembly, grips, and magazine.”

The Springfield Ronin EMP 1911 in 9mm is a very strong 9mm. If one was wanting to shoot 9mm +P+ ammo, which reaches some decent velocities, this pistol will handle all the +P+ ammo you want to shoot.

Watch the video to see how this excellent 1911 9mm pistol shot. Be safe out there and be Blessed.

1911 Ronin® EMP® 4.25 Inch Pistol

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Color: Blued / Satin Aluminum
  • Barrel: 4.25 Inches Forged Stainless Steel, Match Grade, Fully Supported Ramp, Bull, 1:16
  • Slide: Forged Carbon Steel, Blued
  • Frame: Forged Aluminum Alloy, Satin Aluminum Cerakote®
  • Sights: Fiber Optic Front, Tactical Rack White Dot Rear
  • Recoil System: Flat Wire w/ Full Length Guide Rod
  • Grips: Wood
  • Magazines: (1) 10-Round
  • Weight: 27.5 ounces
  • Length: 7.6 inches
  • Height: 5.1 inches

    MSRP: $917


Springfield Armory



Springfield Armory 1911 Ronin 9mm 4.5-inch Barrel



Winchester Ammo



Winchester USA READY 9mm Luger 115 gr, Flat Nose FMJ






Hornady Critical Duty 9mm Luger +P 135 gr Flex-Lock



Galco Holsters


Galco Avenger Holster


Galco Hidden Agenda Business Organizer


Galco Double Magazine Pouch



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