Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP

Springfield just added a new pistol to its XD-M Elite series — the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP. Designed for concealed carry, it’s got an impressive capacity. The compact grip frame holds a double-stack magazine for 14+1 rounds at the ready, but if the user wants even more capacity, the removable magwell makes it possible to increase it to 19+1. And, it’s an Optical Sight Pistol, with sights on the slide and optics mount under the removable cover plate. This Springfield XDM is available in the basic package or with a HEX Dragonfly reflex red dot.

Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory said, “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. Features like its optics capability, fully ambidextrous controls, and a funneled, removable magwell make the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP a must-have for CCW.”

Here’s a look, from various angles:

Springfield XD-M Elite 3.8 inch Compact OSP 9mm pistol, view from several perspectives.
As Springfield describes it: The XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP is designed for concealed carry, combining impressive capacity and performance with concealable dimensions for ease of carry. The 3.8″ 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.

Let’s take a look at the key features.


At the heart of the pistol is the Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META) system, a superbly refined trigger designed to wring out the most from the pistol’s most important interface with the shooter.

Springfield Armory META trigger
According to the folks at Springfield, with its flat face and integral overtravel stop, the META system delivers the finest trigger pull available on a production polymer-framed pistol.


To facilitate quick reloads, the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP also features a removable extended and flared “short” magwell. 

Springfield Armory XDM removable magwell.
With the removable magwell, you can quickly convert the Springfield XDM  from a compact to a full-size frame with a 19+1 capacity. Just remove the magwell and employ optional full-size XD-M mags with compatible magazine sleeves.

Ambidextrous Controls

The XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP includes an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release, ensuring that it can be run easily by either hand. Additionally, improved slide serrations with enlarged grasping grooves provide enhanced ergonomics and slip-free purchase.

Sights and Red Dot Optic

Topping off its forged steel slide is Springfield Armory’s excellent Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight. It features a u-shaped white outline and works in concert with the high-visibility fiber optic front sight.

As an Optical Sight Pistol (OSP), the new XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP 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.

In addition to being offered as a standalone pistol with an MSRP of $633, the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP is also being packaged with the HEX Dragonfly for an MSRP of $818. 

Here’s the Dragonfly:

XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP Specs

  • Sights: Fiber optic front and Tactical Rack U-Dot rear
  • Recoil System: Captive
  • Grip Width: 1.2 inches
  • Magazines: Two 14-round
  • Weight: 29 oz
  • Length: 6.75 inches
  • Height: 4.58 inches
Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8" compact OSP with Hex Dragonfly reflex sight.
Springfield XDM Elite 3.8″ compact OSP with Hex Dragonfly reflex sight.
Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri's Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

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