Featured Springfield Armory Updates the XD-M Line Iain Harrison January 15, 2020 Getting out ahead of the SHOT Show 2020 noise, Springfield Armory just announced the latest versions of its venerable XD line, the XD-M Elite line. Updates include an improved trigger, +3-round basepads for the stock magazines, and a removable magwell, which is backwards compatible with previous models. Iain with XD-M Elite Precision We took the 5. 25-inch barreled Elite model to the range, as we had an older, two-tone version of the same gun which had been tuned by none other than TGO himself, and was shot in the Bianchi Cup to good effect. Bottom line, the trigger in the new Elite is as good as the tuned version, has a faster reload, holds more BB's and costs a hair less than the previous model. XD-M Elite Tactical OSP ships with soft case and two mags. If you're looking for a solid pistol for 3-gun, USPSA production division or NRA action pistol competition, then you may wish to add this one to your comparison list. Here's Springfield Armory's presser for more info: GENESEO, ILL. (1/15/20) – The new XD-M Elite from Springfield Armory represents the pinnacle of performance in factory striker-fired pistols. Taking the polymer platform that broke the mold and incorporating numerous upgrades and improvements, the XD-M Elite redefines what you should expect from modern, striker-fired firearms. At the heart of the new XD-M Elite 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. In addition to the exceptionally crisp and clean trigger pull tuned to the pistol’s fully cocked striker, the XD-M Elite also features increased-capacity magazines holding up to 22 rounds of 9mm. These magazines mate up with another impressive upgrade on the XD-M Elite — removable extended and flared magwells, designed to make ultra-fast reloads a breeze. Ushering in the new XD-M Elite family of purpose-driven pistols are four duly appointed models, ranging from competition-ready and tactical variants to duty-sized and CCW-ready versions. These models are as follows: XD-M Elite Precision (XDME95259BHC) XD-M Elite Tactical OSP(XDMET9459FHCOSP) XD-M Elite 4. 5″ (XDME9459BHC) XD-M Elite 3. 8″ (XDME9389BHC) The XD-M Elite Precision features a 5. 25″ hammer-forged barrel and extended slide with an adjustable rear/fiber optic front sight system while the XD-M Elite Tactical OSP sports a hammer-forged 5. 34” threaded barrel with thread protector, a slide capable of mounting today’s top red dot optics and suppressor-height iron sights. Both pistols feature a “standard” magwell design that mates up with its 22+1 capacity magazines, for the ultimate in 9mm firepower. The XD-M Elite 4. 5″ features a standard-length slide and 4. 5″ hammer-forged barrel, while the XD-M Elite 3. 8″ is topped off with a shortened 3. 8″ hammer-forged barrel and matching compact slide for enhanced concealability. Both pistols feature “short” magwell systems that mate up with 20+1 capacity 9mm magazines, combining amazing capacity with compact dimensions. Also, both versions feature U-Dot rear sights combined with fiber optic fronts. All four variants come packed with two magazines. Other upgrades to the XD-M Elite include an ambidextrous slide stop and improved slide serrations, with enlarged grasping grooves for slip-free purchase. The result is a pistol that handles as well as it shoots and shows you what today’s top polymer-framed pistol can truly do. About Springfield Armory In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy. We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at: www.springfield-armory.com. 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