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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.