Springfield’s compact carry option just got punchier with the release of the XD-M Elite Compact OSP .45 ACP.
Recent years have seen CCW pistols trend towards being smaller, higher capacity and optics-ready. Springfield’s Hellcat has been a valiant competitor in the micro 9mm market, but the company’s XD-M Compacts have been popular carry options as well. Previously only available in either 9mm or 10mm, Springfield is now also offering the XD-M Elite Compact OSP .45 ACP.
Most of the features on the new XD-M Elite are the same as on the other caliber models. It has fully ambidextrous controls, a flared magwell and the same META trigger found on other XD-M guns. Like other compact XD-M pistols, the XD-M Elite Compact .45 ACP has a 3.8-inch hammer-forged barrel. Other standard features include Picatinny rail, a Fiber Optic front sight and Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sights.
The flared magazine well on the XD-M Elite Compact OSP .45 ACP is also removable. Uninstalling it will make the pistol slightly more carry-friendly, but it also enables its use with Springfield’s extended 13-round mags. The gun comes with two 10-round, flush-fit magazines in the box for a standard capacity of 11+1.
Like the 9mm OSP models, the new .45 can mount a wide selection of popular pistol red dots. Springfield has plates available for the Vortex/Burris footprint pattern, as well as for the Leupold/Shield and Trijicon/Holosun patterns. With these optics plate choices, one could mount virtually anything they wanted on their XD-M Elite Compact OSP .45 ACP.
For a simpler approach, however, Springfield also has a package available that comes with an optic already installed. The package includes a Hex Dragonfly red dot sight, and when purchased with the pistol the bundle costs about $100 less than buying the items separately.
The Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP .45 ACP pistol has an MSRP of $653 and the package with the Hex Dragonfly will cost $843. The new guns look like a decent carry option for those looking for a modern, optics-ready pistol but still prefer the .45 ACP cartridge.
For more on the new .45 XD-M Elite, please visit springfield-armory.com.
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