At the official SHOT Show 2019 range day I set out to shoot the smallest pistol I could find… Actually, I didn’t, but I think I did coincidentally shoot the smallest pistol out there. That pistol would be the Springfield Armory 911 in 9mm.
Ever since Springfield Armory introduced the 911 in .380ACP, customers have been asking for a 9mm version. While the smaller cartridge lends itself to pocket pistols, some feel it is underpowered and would like to up their concealed carry game. Springfield Armory has listened and in 2019 they’ve delivered.
Of course, there is no free lunch. So while the 9mm version of the 911 is small, it is a slightly bigger version of the .380 ACP. By the numbers, compared to the .380 (in parentheses) it is:
- Height: 3.9” vs (3.9”)
- Length: 5.9” vs (5.5”)
- Weight: 15.3oz vs (12.6oz)
- Barrel: 3” 416R Stainless Steel Black Nitride vs (2.7”)
- Slide: 416 Stainless Steel
- Frame: 7075 T6 Hard Coat Anodized Aluminum
- Sights: Pro-Glo Tritium/Luminescent Front & White Outlined Tritium Night Sight Rear
- Recoil System: Full-Length Guide Rod with Flat Wire Spring
- Magazine: 6 round Flush & 7 round Extended, Stainless Steel
- MSRP: $659 ($599)
I will say there are some nice features on the 911. For starters, compared to other pocket pistols, the safety is enlarged. Not so much so that it is unwieldily but just large enough to be confidently manipulated without being so bulky as to get in the way.
Additionally, I do like their use of the G10. The Hogue scales of the 911 are made of a G10 with a pretty aggressive slanted grip texture. This is good for a pistol of this size but also a double-edged sword I will speak to later. Also of note, is the G10 trigger with the small lightening cuts on either side.
So how did this 911 perform for me during my little time with it? First off, it shoots! The sights are bright and easy to pick up and I had no problem hitting a variety of steel plates at about 10 yards. The trigger is clean with a distinct reset.
All that being said, it is now a full power 9mm in a little package, which as a result creates some pretty snappy recoil. The aggressive texturing on the grips, as well as the front and back strap of the frame, make sure the pistol stays in your hand. Because of this though, it would not fall into the category of pleasant guns to shoot.
But that isn’t its intended role. It isn’t made for plinking, it is purpose-built to be a “formidable self-defense tool.” For those that want the footprint of the 911 coupled with the stopping power of a 9mm. And to that end, Springfield Armory has generously delivered.