Springfield Armory's latest M1911, the Emissary, is billed as blending defensive and custom pistols to create a striking .45 ACP railgun that looks great while still being very capable. 
Using a forged steel barrel, slide, and frame, the Emissary sports a two-tone finish, with a blued carbon-steel slide and a stainless-steel frame with a squared trigger guard. Carrying a "Tri-Top" cut to the slide, the single-action pistol runs a bushingless heavy stainless-steel bull barrel with a one-piece full-length guide rod. For those who want texture in their grip, the Emissary is fully wrapped in a grenade-pattern texture from its slimline G10 VZ grips to the matching machining on the mainspring housing and front strap. 

Springfield Armory Emissary
With a distinctive railed frame that includes a squared, glove-friendly trigger guard, the Emissary also has wrap-around grip texturing, a skeletonized hammer, and a solid-body, flat-faced trigger. (Photo: Springfield Armory)



"This newest addition to the 1911 family of pistols provides an excellent option for a defensive handgun with an additional measure of refinement,” said Steve Kramer, Springfield's VP of marketing. "The modern features on this classic pistol platform make this a must-have for 1911 lovers and anyone who wants a top-of-the-line defensive pistol."

Springfield Armory Emissary
The "Tri-Top" cut slide includes a glare-reducing flattened top strap finished with 40 LPI serrations while the tritium and luminescent front sight pairs with a Tactical Rack U-Dot rear. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

Weight is 40 ounces due to all of that forged steel and the 5-inch barrel, which features a 1:16 twist. The gun itself is 8.4 inches long. Height is a very M1911 traditional 5.25 inches. The Springfield Armory Emissary ships with two 8-round magazines and has an MSRP of $1,279.

How does it shoot? Check out these early impressions from Roy Huntington with American Handgunner, 715 Tactical, and Gun Talk Media.