Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Tactical OSP Pistol, range
(Photo by Alex Landeen)

One of the four new pistols in Springfield’s XD-M Elite line, the Tactical OSP talks a big game and has the capacity and features to back it up. When I opened the box from Springfield, my first thought was, “That’s a big pistol.” But it makes sense considering there has to be somewhere for all 22+1 of its 9mm rounds to live.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Tactical OSP Details

When it comes down to it, Springfield has done a great job on the upgrades to the XD-M Elite series; the most noticeable on the Tactical OSP being the large, removable mag well and the improved slide serrations. Other upgrades include an ambidextrous slide stop, a hammer-forged match-grade barrel, an extended grip safety for easier engagement and extended magazines that allow for that glorious 22+1 capacity.

At the range, the 5.28-inch threaded match barrel is fantastically accurate. When combined with the new META (match enhanced trigger assembly) trigger, it’s one of the most accurate striker-fired pistols I’ve ever shot. The trigger is smooth with a great break and short positive reset.

Springfield Armory big 9mm Pistol, duo

The Tactical OSP is optics ready for today’s top red dots if you choose that route. Also, the suppressor-height sights allow for co-witness, which is always a nice thing to have when you’re depending on anything battery powered, regardless of the reliability. Did I mention that the magazines hold 22 rounds? Carry this pistol with one reload and you have almost a whole box worth of bang.

If I had to pick one handgun from the many that I’ve shot over the years to carry into a gunfight, it would definitely be Springfield’s new XD-M Elite Tactical OSP. For more information, please visit Springfield-Armory.com.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Tactical OSP Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5.28 inches
  • OA Length: 8.6 inches
  • Weight: 30 ounces (empty)
  • Grip: Polymer
  • Sights: Suppressor-height
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Desert FDE
  • Capacity: 22+1
  • MSRP: $709

This brief review is from the summer 2020 issue of Survivor’s Edge Magazine. Grab physical and digital copies at OutdoorGroupStore.com.

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