American Rifleman | New for 2020: Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8 Compact
Previously, those who wanted a carry-size XD from Springfield Armory had to stick to the small car offerings in the company’s XD-S range or the larger frame and size of the company’s XD-M range. With the introduction of the XD-M Elite 3.8 “Compact, Springfield Armory fans now have all the benefits of the XD-M Elite series of weapons packaged in a small, easy-to-carry pistol for personal defense.
“This latest addition to the XD-M Elite range of pistols offers shooters and undercover wearers a great option for EDC,” said Steve Kramer, vice president of marketing for Springfield Armory. “Features such as the META trigger, controls that can be operated completely with both hands and a removable magwell with funnel make the XD-M Elite 3.8” Compact a must for CCW. “
In terms of size, the Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8 “Compact is designed for everyday use and features a short compact frame and magazine that combines well with the gun’s 3.8” match-grade barrel . The total height is only 4.58 “and the total length is 6.75”.
Despite these dimensions, the XD-M Elite configuration allows shooters to pack more cartridges on board compared to the XD-S rifle series. The pistol is equipped with a 14-round flush fit magazine. Capacity doesn’t stop there, however. The XD-M Elite 3.8 “Compact is equipped with a removable, flared magazine slot. The design allows a quick and easy magazine change if necessary. However, if users want to increase the capacity, they can -Full-size shot XD-M magazines to use in your pistol with grip sleeve.
The benefits of the XD-M Elite Compact don’t end there, however. At the heart of every Elite Series pistol in the Springfield range is a Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META). This trigger unit is specifically designed to provide shooters with a refined trigger feel that is tactile, clean, and crisp. Springfield Armory calls it “the finest trigger available on a polymer-framed pistol”. The trigger itself has a flat shoe and an integrated overstroke.
A ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release allow the user to wield the weapon with both hands, making it a great option for left-handed people. The slide also has the generous, chevron-shaped teeth that are exclusively available for the XD-M Elite series and offer improved control and grip. At the top of the slide is the company’s U-Dot sighting system with a bright fiber optic sight and a tactical U-notch in the back.
Each Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8 “Compact comes with two 14-round magazines. The recommended retail price for the weapon is $ 559. For more information, visit springfield-armory.com.