Springfield Armory Introduces XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact

This EDC-ready 9mm boasts an impressive ammunition capacity and a host of features

Springfield Armory has announced the newest addition to the popular XD-M Elite series — the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact. According to the gunmaker, “this EDC-ready 9mm, like all the XD-M Elites, redefines what you should expect from modern, striker-fired firearms.”

The XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact is definitely designed for concealed carry, combining impressive capacity and performance with concealable dimensions overall. The 3.8″ match grade Melonite finished barrel maximizes ballistic performance while remaining compact for concealability, and the compact grip frame houses a double-column stainless steel magazine (2 mags included) that provides 14+1 capacity.

To facilitate quick reloads, the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact also features a removable extended and flared “short” magwell. An additional benefit of the removable magwell is that you can quickly convert the pistol from a compact to a full-size frame with a 19+1 capacity. This is accomplished by simply removing the magwell and employing optional full-size XD-M magazines with compatible magazine sleeves.

At the heart of the pistol is the Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META™) system, a superbly refined trigger designed to wring out the most from the pistol’s most important interface with the shooter. Featuring a flat face and integral overtravel stop, the META™ system delivers the finest trigger pull available on a production polymer-framed pistol.

<i>(left)</i> The XD-M Elite 3.8″ features a hammer-forged barrel designed to deliver long life and match-grade accuracy when it counts. <i>(right)</i> Designed for deep-cover concealment the gun has a compact grip frame designed to offer maximum capacity — 14+1 — within a minimal footprint. A flared and extended magwell ensures fast reloads.” class=”wp-image-16727″/><figcaption><i>(left)</i> The XD-M Elite 3.8″ features a hammer-forged barrel designed to deliver long life and match-grade accuracy when it counts. <i>(right)</i> Designed for deep-cover concealment the gun has a compact grip frame designed to offer maximum capacity — 14+1 — within a minimal footprint. A flared and extended magwell ensures fast reloads. The magwell is also removable, allowing the user to use 19-round magazines with the appropriate magazine sleeve. <i>Springfield Armory</i></figcaption></figure>

<p id=The XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact includes an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release, ensuring that it can be run easily by either hand. Additionally, improved slide serrations with enlarged grasping grooves provide enhanced ergonomics and slip-free purchase. Topping off its forged steel slide is Springfield Armory’s excellent Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight. It features a u-shaped white outline and works in concert with the high-visibility fiber optic front sight.

“This newest addition to the XD-M Elite line of pistols gives shooters and concealed carry users a great option for EDC,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “Features like the META trigger, fully ambidextrous controls and a funneled, removable magwell make the XD-M Elite 3.8” Compact a must-have for CCW.”

For more on the entire XD-M Elite line, go here.

Springfield XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact SPECS

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8
The XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact includes an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release, ensuring that it can be run easily by either hand. Additionally, improved slide serrations with enlarged grasping grooves provide enhanced ergonomics and slip-free purchase. Springfield Armory
  • COLOR: Black
  • CAPACITY: 14+1
  • BARREL: 3.8″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite Finish, 1:10 rifling
  • SLIDE: Forged Steel, Melonite Finish
  • FRAME: Black Polymer
  • SIGHTS: Fiber Optic Front, Tactical Rack U-Dot™ Rear
  • RECOIL SYSTEM: One Piece w/ Full Length Guide Rod
  • GRIP WIDTH: 1.2″
  • MAGAZINES: (2) 14-Round
  • WEIGHT: 27 oz
  • LENGTH: 6.75″
  • HEIGHT: 4.58″
  • SRP: $559