Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 4.5″ OSP 10mm – Lethal Power & Capacity

Adam Scepaniak
by Adam Scepaniak

If there is one “old cartridge” that has seen a resurgence in recent years it is absolutely the stalwart 10mm. Known for its stopping POWAH [insert Arnold Schwarzenegger voice], many hunters seek out a good 10mm handgun for defense against bears and others use it for self-defense against nefarious 2-legged critters. Another element people aim for is capacity and Springfield Armory looks to deliver both in their newest XD-M Elite offering of a 4.5″ OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) 10mm now unveiled!

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The XD-M line of handguns is meant to embody an Xtreme Duty Match firearm, and the Elite line kicks it up a notch further yet. Some of the features the XD-M Elite series of handguns afford you are an optics-ready/optics-equipped format, Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META Trigger), interchangeable backstraps, and even interchangeable flared and beveled magwells. Upgrades normally relegated to the user applying after-the-fact are distilled into this factory line of handguns.

With the new XD-M Elite 10mm coming out, you have 2 options to get that stopping POWAH: optics-ready or optics-equipped with a Hex Dragonfly Red Dot. All of the specifications for the sans red dot 10mm are listed below as presented by Springfield Armory:

  • Barrel: 4.5″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, 1:16
  • Slide: Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, Optics Ready
  • Frame: Black Polymer
  • Sights: Fiber Optic Front, Tactical Rack U-Dot™ Rear
  • Recoil System: Captive
  • Grip Width: 1.2″
  • Magazines: (2) 16-Round
  • Weight: 31 oz
  • Length: 7.6″
  • Height: 5.75″

The MSRP for the base 10mm is $653 while the Hex Dragonfly Red Dot equipped version punches in at $837. If you are in the crowd wanting a beasty 10mm that totes a lot of rounds along the way, it might be worth your while to give these new XD-M Elite 4.5″ OSP 10mm pistols from Springfield Armory a try. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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  • James Wilson James Wilson on May 25, 2022

    I put one on layaway yesterday. I regretted not picking up an XD-M when they were available. Loved the way the 4.5 handled and thought it would make a perfect carry 10mm. I thought I'd be grabbing one of the new M&Ps but the weak trigger reset just didn't do it for me. Glad Springfield brought these out.

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    • Stuki Moi Stuki Moi on May 26, 2022

      @James Wilson Too high keyholing risk with 220 grainers, with the 1/16 rifling Springfield uses. Smith's ( and Glock's if you're a basketball palmer) 1/10 makes more sense, if shooting heavier-than-.40, for bear defense etc., is the goal.

  • Sid Collins Sid Collins on May 25, 2022

    I am waiting on the resurgence of the Podbyrin 9.2 mm.