Every handgunner should have at least one 1911-style handgun in his or her personal battery. Quality 1911s are very accurate and reliable and are relatively easy to carry. The 1911 has lent itself to various modifications from the original full-sized design — making it a superb carry pistol — without losing its legendary characteristics.

The Springfield Armory 1911 EMP Champion Concealed Carry Contour 9mm (hereafter, EMP Champion CCC) is an excellent example of design modifications that can make the 1911 into an ideal carry pistol!

Springfield Armory 1911 EMP Champion Concealed Carry Contour Specs

Springfield Armory designed the EMP Champion CCC to give users all the advantages of a full-sized 1911 while allowing them to conceal and carry it easily.

Springfield’s 1911 starts out with a stainless-steel slide and a black, hard-coat-anodized forged aluminum frame with Posi-Lock checkering on the front strap and thin-line G10 grips. The gun weighs 31 ounces. The 4-inch, forged, match-grade bull barrel provides excellent accuracy and delivers 9mm rounds downrange at full power.


Caliber: 9mm
Barrel Length:
4 inches
Fiber-optic front; low-profile white-dot rear
31 ounces
Overall Length:
7.6 inches
5.5 inches

One of the first things that one notices about the EMP Champion CCC is the “Carry Contour” portion of the frame. The lower rear edge of the grip frame and mainspring housing has been given a straight-line bevel treatment. This removes the normally sharp rear edge of the 1911 frame. This beveling reduces the chances of the EMP Champion CCC printing against a covering garment. While the overall grip frame size has been reduced, the grip still provides solid control.

Magazine capacity is nine rounds, and three magazines are included in the solid Pelican form-fit lockable case. It would be nice if all manufacturers included three magazines for self-defense pistols.

The EMP Champion CCC also features ambidextrous thumb safeties and a standard slide release. The front sight is a red fiber-optic, while the low-profile rear sight has two white dots. The contrast between the two is excellent, with the eye being drawn automatically to the front sight.

At the Range With the EMP Champion Concealed Carry Contour

Testing at the outdoor range was limited. The Springfield Armory EMP Champion CCC was one of three handguns I tested in a row … in 32-degree weather with a stiff breeze blowing in my face.

I used 124-grain SIG Sauer Elite V-Crown JHP ammo for the test. I could have used the milder 115-grain SIG Sauer 365 Elite V-Crown load. Since the EMP Champion CCC is essentially a full-sized handgun disguised as a compact carry gun, the full-power ammo would be the best bet for getting the best feel of the EMP Champion CCC’s handling.

The EMP Champion CCC’s magazines were effortless to load to their nine-round capacity. The skeletonized long trigger proved to be crisp with little slack (as one would expect of a 1911 pistol in this price range).

Between the excellent grip shape, the Posi-Lock front strap/grip checkering and the balance afforded by the bull barrel, the EMP Champion CCC was easy to get on target during firing, even with full-power 9mm zipping along at 1,165 feet per second. Functioning was flawless.

I could easily see the sights even in the overcast weather conditions. After firing the first couple of magazines from 21 feet, I was able to achieve 2.5-inch groups fired from the two-handed standing position despite the lousy weather conditions.

Wrap Up

I’ve spent a couple of weeks carrying the EMP Champion CCC on a daily basis in a Galco Fletch High Ride belt holster with thumb break during my morning walks, to church and on various errands. It has thus far ridden and concealed very comfortably.

The Springfield Armory 1911 EMP Champion Concealed Carry Contour 9mm is one of the best choices available to use as a concealable carry pistol or as a home-defense pistol. It has a number of custom features already built in for a factory-built price. MSRP is $1,220.


SIG Sauer: SIGSauer.com
Springfield Armory: Springfield-Armory.com

About Scott W. Wagner

Scott W. Wagner is a criminal justice professor and police academy commander from Columbus, Ohio. He has been a police officer since 1980, working as an undercover liquor investigator, undercover narcotics investigator, patrol officer, SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader. Scott is currently a patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. He has been a police firearms instructor since 1986 and is certified to instruct revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun.