I always love it when firearm manufacturers come out with new product!

I am always interested to see what new innovation that they will and can come up with. Two handguns recently announced by Springfield Armory and by Smith and Wesson have me particularly intrigued.

First up, the Springfield Armory 1911 EMP .40 CAL!

The Springfield Armory EMP 1911 pistol chambered in .40 S&W. (Photo: Springfield)

I have always liked the EMP line from Springfield. Their 9mm 1911 EMP is a great little piece for self-defense and EDC. (Every day carry) The way it feels and carries is rarely matched by other firearms in my opinion.

The new 1911 EMP is chambered in .40 cal, and is basically the same design as it’s 9mm predecessor.

Here is what Springfield tells us:

“The EMP® line captured audiences with ideal concealed carry proportions in a slim single-stack design, silky-smooth short action, and enhanced ergonomic features. This series is set apart from the competition by the reduced dimensions of the grip frame. Due to it being designed originally around the 9mm cartridge, Springfield’s engineers were able to reduce the diameter and front-to-rear dimensions of the grip frame by 0.26 and 0.14 inches, respectively. This is immediately evident when you pick up an EMP®, especially when you factor in the extra-thin G-10 grip panels.” (Read More)

The Springfield Armory 1911 EMP .40 retails for around $1300.00!!

Next up is the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0!

(Photo from Smith & Wesson.com)

Chambered in 9mm, .45ACP and .40 S&W, the M2.0 comes with a variety of options for you to choose from. From thumb safety’s to round capacity, S&W surely aims to please. have been refered to as G19 sized, the M2.0 looks to give the new Glock Gen 5 series a run for their money.

Here is what S&W has to say:

“The M&P M2.0 pistol, the newest innovation to the respected M&P polymer pistol line.  Designed for personal, sporting, and professional use, the M&P M2.0 delivers an entirely new platform, introducing innovative features in nearly every aspect of the pistol, including trigger, grip, frame, and finish. Highlights of the M&P M2.0 pistol include an extended stainless-steel chassis and high grip to barrel bore axis ratio for reduced muzzle rise and faster aim recovery.” (Read More)

Features
• Low barrel bore axis makes the M&P pistol comfortable to shoot reducing muzzle rise and allowing for faster aim recovery.
• Optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim.
• Four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts for optimal hand fit and trigger reach – S, M, ML, L.
• Aggressive grip texture for enhanced control.
• New M&P M2.0 crisp trigger with lighter trigger pull.
• Tactile and audible trigger reset.
• Accurate 1 in 10” twist M&P M2.0 barrel.
• Extended rigid embedded stainless steel chassis to reduce flex and torque when firing.
• Armornite® durable corrosion resistant finish.

It looks like the M2.0 will retail for somewhere around $550.00.

I am really looking forward to heading out to the range after I get my hands on these so I can give them a proper review!