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Emp Ronins?

Springfield Armory is blending its Ronin series M1911 single-stacks with that of its carry-ready Enhanced Micro Pistol platform. 

The two new Ronin EMP models include an ultra-compact 3-inch with a 9+1 capacity, and a 4-inch version with a 10+1 capacity. When stacked against traditional M1911s, this is equivalent to Commander and Officer-length guns, only about a half-inch shorter in each instance.

And, with a two-toned look of a carbon steel slide with a hot salt blue finish over a lightweight aluminum frame with a satin silver Cerakote finish, paired with walnut grip panels, they are easy on the eyes.

More in my column over at Guns.com.

How short can you get on a 1911?

I give you the Micro Compact GI, an M1911-style pistol produced by Springfield Armory between 2004 and 2011.

Isn’t it cute?

The Micro Compact GI ran a 3-inch barrel, which seems to be the lower limit on John Browning’s famed Government Model.

More on the trend to whittle such pistols down to a more stumpy format in my column at Guns.com.