Springfield Armory was among many of the companies that did not participate in the 2022 SHOT Show in Las Vegas where the Ladies Choice Awards were presented. Via email, Mike Humphries, Media Relations Manager commented, "Great news, we are so glad to hear the RONIN EMP 3" did well! Also, thanks for making us a part of the LADIES CHOICE Awards - we appreciate it!"
[Click to view the 2022 Award for Springfield Armory's XDs 9.]
Women have loved the Springfield EMP consistently when 9mm has been their choice; as well as the Springfield XDs [see below] and both have been among the multiple year recipients of the Ladies Choice Award! However, with the new lighter design of the RONIN EMP 3" model, the love continues from women whose hands and capabilities fit a 1911 style gun for everyday carry. There is no difference in recoil or the accuracy of the lighter weight RONIN which is very important to women who have experience with the original EMP 9. The Springfield RONIN EMP is not ammo-finicky, the action is smooth and the maintenance is easy [once they figure out how to reinsert the spring]. Best of all, the quality is not compromised in the new RONIN EMP 3" model. Women consistently remark that the gun feels substantial and quality made in their hands. Good news, the Ronin EMP 3" is actually less expensive than the original EMP and comes stock with improved sights, too!
It is very important to note that other well-known top selling brands of handguns appropriate for concealed carry are included the mix during training. Unlike most surveys that are offered on social media and in many industry publications, typically there is never a comprehensive selection of all available competitive manufacturer handgun options from which to choose. SFWA does include those models in the mix and interestingly, when testing other handguns on the market, Springfield Armory's 1911 EMP 3" is a consistent winner among women for its trigger pull, ease of operation and accuracy in a gun that is easily concealed for self-defense purposes. This action and accuracy of this gun right out of the box provides the shooter with the ability to shoot multiple shots quickly and accurately, is perfectly weighted from top to bottom, and truly increases the odds a woman will prevail in a fight for her life!
Sadly, women who rely on what others suggest consistently select concealed carry handguns without the benefit of being fully informed as to what is available in the market today. The Ladies Choice Awards are selected by fully informed students who have shot the handguns and have made educated decisions. The Ladies Choice Award winning product selections have the features and benefits that do not compromise the elements that will increase the odds of prevailing when seconds count. The result is that guns fit your unique qualities, are reliable and easier to control when you are in a fight for your life.
More than 100,000 women who have taken a minimum 4-8 hour course from SFWA Master Certified Instructors contribute to the selection of the best guns and gear for women. The selections are not the "preferences" of SFWA, its instructors or its affiliates. No one is provided compensation or other forms of persuasion that will affect the non-bias selection of the award winners. Unlike most surveys that are offered on social media and in many industry publications, there is always a comprehensive selection of all carry options from which to choose for the Ladies Choice Awards.
The overall criteria to be considered as a “Ladies Choice Award” recipient includes: a women-friendly company that designs products that actually work well for women, are easy for them to use, perform as they expect, and understands that it is NOT about pink [although customization options are appreciated]. Often, manufacturers make alterations to their existing products or create products at the direction of SFWA that meet the needs of women.
The RONIN EMP 3" is lighter than the original EMP but handles just as well. There is no difference in the felt recoil between models and performance is exceptional!
In 2015, more than 10,000+ women weighed in on what women really want!
SFWA doesn't sell products, we put them to the test for quality and performance
. . . and then share the most popular choices and why they truly are designed for the modern woman!
NV, Las Vegas 1/22/2015:
Springfield Armory was honored with two awards, the EMP 9mm and the XD-S 9mm. The 1911 style EMP 9mm is coveted by virtually every person who pulls the trigger. The XD-S 9mm has a more aggressive grip than competitor models making it exceptionally easy for women to securely hold while shooting with only two fingers on the grip. The triggers on both models (although very different operationally) are smooth and responsive. The slide on both models operate so smoothly and you hardly notice any recoil, smooth as butter! Dawn Wehunt, Range Program Coordinator/Dealer Assistance and Response Team (and competitive shooter who had the joy of assembling her own Springfield Armory competition handgun at the factory, beautifully customized in purple), accepted the awards and emphasized, "The EMP is a phenomenal 1911, it's the smallest one on the market in 9 mm. The XD-S . . . has been a huge hit for Springfield Armory and we are very happy to have the ladies vote these two awards to us."
Dawn Wehunt Accepted Two 2015 LADIES CHOICE Awards for Springfield