A few months ago Springfield Armory introduced the XD-M Elite 3.8" Compact, a striker-fired, polymer-framed 9mm pistol expressly designed for concealed carry. As a natural evolution now comes the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP 9mm handgun. This new Optical Sight Pistol (OSP) version features a removable seamless cover plate that reveals a mounting location for the optic of your choice, such as the new HEX Dragonfly or HEX Wasp micro red dot sights also recently introduced by Springfield Armory. In addition to being offered as a standalone pistol with an MSRP of $633, the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP is in fact also being offered with the HEX Dragonfly for an MSRP of $818.
Springfield Armory XD-M Elite, “impressive capacity and performance” in a compact size
According to the manufacturer's claim, the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP “combines impressive capacity and performance with concealable dimensions for ease of carry. The 3.8″/96 mm match grade Melonite finished barrel maximizes ballistic performance while remaining compact for concealability, and the compact grip frame houses a double-column stainless steel magazine that provides 14+1 capacity in the two included magazines.”
Another interesting feature is the removable extended and flared “short” magwell. Thanks to this, you can quickly convert the pistol from a compact to a full-size frame with a 19+1 capacity by simply removing the magwell and employing optional full-size XD-M magazines with compatible magazine sleeves – the extended magazines can be purchased separately on Springfield Armory's webstore.
The Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META) features a flat face and integral overtravel stop, delivering “the finest trigger pull available on a production polymer-framed pistol”.
Included are an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release, improved slide serrations with enlarged grasping grooves. Sights consist of a Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight with a u-shaped white outline and a high-visibility fiber optic front sight.
“This newest addition to the XD-M Elite line of pistols gives shooters and concealed carry users a great option for a red dot-ready EDC pistol,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory.
Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP specs and price
|Barrel:||3.8"/96 mm hammer forged steel, melonite
|Slide:||Forged steel, Melonite finish, optics ready|
|Sights:||Fiber optic front, Tactical Rack U-Dot rear|
|Magazine Capacity: ||14 rounds|
|Weight: ||29 oz|
|Overall Length: ||6.75"/171 mm|
|MSRP:||818 USD with HEX Dragonfly red dot sight or 633 USD
(pistol only). (Prices may vary in your country)|