Springfield Armory XD-M Elite OSP
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Do you love 10mm handguns? It seems like new models are being introduced with increasing frequency lately (about which I have zero complaints). Springfield Armory is joining in with their XD-M Elite OSP in 10mm Auto, a gun designed for either defensive use or handgun hunting.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite OSP
Why wouldn’t you want a 10mm handgun? They’re awesome. (Photo credit: Springfield Armory)

This pistol is the latest addition to the company’s Elite lineup. It’s chambered in 10mm, but doesn’t lack for capacity. With 16 +1 rounds available, there’s no need to worry about running out as long as you have (and can afford) the ammo to keep it fed.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite OSP in 10mm
The Springfield XD-M Elite OSP 10mm is the latest addition to the company’s Elite line. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

The gun has a 4.5-inch hammer-forged steel, Melonite finished, 1 in 16 twist barrel, so it isn’t extremely long, but it’s large enough to get a good performance out of its 10mm chambering. It makes sense that Springfield didn’t go with a longer barrel considering the XD-M Elite is supposed to be user-friendly for self-defense. With that barrel it has an overall length of 7.6 inches.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite OSP in 10mm
The XD-M Elite OSP 10mm has features recognizable from the Elite line pistols and Springfield itself. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

Like so many handguns these days, the XD-M Elie has an optics-ready slide. We’re seeing so many these days that it’s almost becoming a point of shame if you don’t run at least one RDS.

The XD-M Elite OSP is striker-fired with a captive recoil system. It has a flared magwell to make mag changes easier. The magazine well is also shortened to make it easier to grab mags which is especially helpful if one gets stuck.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite OSP in 10mm
The gun has a flared, shortened mag well to facilitate rapid magazine changes. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

The slide has thick, angled slide serrations front and back. Just remember if you’re going to manipulate the slide from the front, keep those tender parts away from the muzzle. A thumb groove is molded into the frame as well.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite OSP in 10mm
Springfield’s XD-M Elite OSP 10mm has a 4.5 inch barrel and front and rear slide serrations. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

Yes, this pistol has aggressively textured grips. Texturing cuts are on the front and rearward portions of the grip but do wrap around to the sides.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite OSP in 10mm
The pistol has aggressive grip texturing. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

XD-M Elite pistols ship from Springfield with their Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META) that has a flat-face shoe and integral overtravel stop. And although it’s optics ready with a removable plate so you can mount an RDS to it, the gun comes standard with fiber optic front, Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sights.

As a fan of 10mm handguns I’m very interested in trying this one out.

MSRP of the Springfield Armory XD-M Elite OSP 10mm is $653.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Hm. I wish the barrel was a little longer, but I do like the extra capacity. Better ergos than Glock for me, so I’ll have to think about it. Thinking of joining the 10mm club this year so this is a viable candidate.

    Inb4 “traitors! I’ll never buy springfield” shills with their tired misinformation.

    • They already made the one you (may) want. The XD-M 4.5″ 10mm, it offered a 5.3″ threaded barrel, suppressor height sights, and it was OSP (optics ready). It is a FANTASTIC pistol.

      Basically this, just in 10mm instead of 9mm:
      https://www.springfield-armory.com/xd-series-handguns/xd-m-elite-handguns/xd-m-elite-45-osp-threaded-9mm-handgun-desert-fde/

      They just recently discontinued it to introduce this “elite” version, which takes away the threaded barrel and the suppressor sights and instead adds a magwell and their META trigger. Looks like they’ve discontinued all the XD-M models and replaced them with XD-M “elite” models.

      So maybe there’ll be a threaded/suppressor “elite” version coming out too.

  2. On the merits of the firearm and article…Nice looking gun, Not bad MSRP. Get rid of the grip safety and add a manual safety and I’m in otherwise my Glock 20 with a trigger plug does well enough.

  3. I recently purchased the 3.8″ barreled version of this pistol. I am very happy with it. So much so that I am considering letting some of my Glocks go. I have large hands and this fits me better than my Glock 20 and Glock 29 (Gen3) or my Glock 40. I can shoot hard cast lead bullets through the Springfield without buying an aftermarket barrel saving me $165. The trigger is a big improvement over any Glock I have ever fired. And the grip safety gives me a little extra edge of safety when reholstering vs the Glock. Finally, it is every bit as accurate as my 10mm Glocks. In short, these are well made and well thought out handguns.

    • Are you in the habit of coming off the back of the grip and placing your thumb on the back of the slide when you re-holster? Good habit to develop I think for this model and others, not much point with glocks, etc.

  4. Handgun hunting?? you have t5o be bloody jo0king or mad. What exactly are you going to ‘hunt’ with a handgun? Bufallo, bear, moose big cats, yeah right?. The fact is that the ONLY thing you can hunt with a handgun is your fellow man from where I’m standing. And then they’ed better not be moving about fast. Where do the gun nuts getbthis bullshit from? Or do the all have vivid imaginations. Like going out in the wild and hunt down ‘Yellow Ephelumps’. I does not matter what bloody handgun you use you’ll not be hitting anything worthwhile if it’s moving, and very slowly that. or over 25/50 metres,. The only thing you will do is injure it if you hit it at all Shooting from pre-arranged cover at semi-domesticated Big Game a specifically [farm?] reared Big Cats etc. is NOT bloody hunting – it’s needless slaughter.
    I personally do NOT have a moral issue with funding wildlife preservation by the shooting of semi-domesticated wildlife and see no moral difference to that of slaughtering Food Animals To me morally there is no difference between slaughtering a horse a a dog or a rat as long as it is carried out as humanely and without suffering as possible.
    Hit or mostly miss withm a handgun is not moral in those terms GO on tell n me you can get near enough to a bloody lion or a bear to hit it with a hand gun and a 10mm will NOT suffice either.
    So all wind, piss and marketing, heard that before, by the US Arms Industry aimed at the gullible and over imaginative gun freaks.
    Me? I have a handled weapons of all kinds from .22 pistols to 40mm BOFORS L40/70 [plus every type of gun/cannot fitted to aircraft as an Armourer/ Smallarms Instructor in the Royal Air Force and as a Reservist in the UK Infantry so I do have knowledge of what can be done with what where and when and game hunting [is ther any other?] is NOT a job for a bloody handgun!

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