I've always admired the first generation EMP's (that might just be my logic- the first EMP's, and the Ronin EMP's being a second generation). After getting my Ronin EMP 4", I began a casual search for an EMP 40 3". I wasn't absolutely resolved to find one, but I was motivated enough to search.
Fast forward, I found a NOS (4/2020) on Gunbroker. The opening bid was $850, so I went for it. No one else countered, so I won it for my original bid. It had custom aluminum grips on it, but it included the original cocobolo grips- which I much prefer. The gun was first owner, never fired. Once I received it, I switched the grips, and searched the case for the guide rod take down tool- no dice. So, I got it apart anyway and cleaned/lubed it (and ordered a take down tool). I took it to my range yesterday and put a mixture of frangible target ammo that a friend had given me, and some HST's, through it. No hiccups, it ran 100%, and it was pleasant. I have strong hands, so recoil is typically not an issue. It wasn't as snappy as I was anticipating, and I had a ball with it. It is quickly becoming a favorite in my collection.