The Springfield XDM Elite 10mm was released in late September 2021 as a compact carry pistol option with more “horsepower” than its predecessors.
There are two versions initially available:
- the XD-M Elite 3.8 in. Compact OSP with Hex Dragonfly optic, or
- the XD-M Elite 3.9 in. Compact OSP without optic
Though the latter version is a slick-top, it does have a plate in place to mount an optic with the appropriate footprint later. Springfield OSP, if you’re not familiar, stands for Optical Sight Pistol. It’s their designator for those handguns that feature a production RDS/reflex sight mount friendly slide. This means it will accept the optic of your choice using interchangeable optics mounting plates.
The initial release announcing the new handgun read in part:
Combining potent power with cutting-edge performance, the new XD-M® Elite 3.8” Compact OSP 10mm provides concealed carry users with an outstanding defensive pistol option. Compact yet powerful, the pistol packs in 11+1 rounds of 10mm and is available with or without a HEX Dragonfly red dot. An optional 15-round extended magazine is also available.
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Springfield XDM Elite 10mm
Specs and Features Per Springfield Armory
Compact yet powerful, the pistol packs in 11+1 rounds of the popular 10mm round. Featuring fully ambidextrous controls, the excellent META trigger, removable short flared magwell, and much more, the new XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP 10mm harnesses fight-stopping performance in an extremely capable CCW-sized package. With its extended magwell removed, the pistol can also accept full-size 15-round magazines with backstrap-compatible grip sleeves.
The 10mm chambering of the new pistol offers magnum-level performance in a compact semi-auto package. Delivering flat trajectories and impressive velocity, the 10mm makes for an extremely capable CCW pistol with remarkable ballistic capabilities.
- 3.8 in. Match Grade Barrel
The new XD-M Elite 3.8” Compact OSP™ 10mm’s 3.8″ hammer-forged barrel is designed to deliver long life and match-grade accuracy when it counts.
- Ambi Slide Stop
Delivering fully ambidextrous controls for the pistol, the XD-M Elite 3.8” Compact OSP 10mm sports an ambidextrous slide stop for both left- and right-handed shooters.
- Removable Magwell
The XD-M Elite Compact comes with a short magwell for ultra-fast and intuitive magazine changes. In addition to the flush-fitting 11-round magazines that come with the pistol, you can also employ optional full-size 15-round magazines with a “grip sleeve” by removing the magwell.
- Meta Trigger
The XD-M Elite family comes with the META (Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly) system, giving you the finest trigger available in a polymer-framed pistol.
The advantage of 10mm ballistics (~ish) as described by Springfield Armory: “Offering magnum-level power in a compact semi-auto pistol package, the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP 10mm delivers capable CCW power. With flat trajectories and impressive velocity, the 10mm is renowned for its performance.” Note to the dubious or curious: check out SAAMI’s 10mm cartridge standards if you’d like to get a little more with it.