Springfield XDM Elite Review | Reliability & Precision Meet Ergonomics

The Springfield XD-M Elite line is known for its exceptional performance and reliability, and the Springfield XDM Elite takes this reputation to a whole new level. This accurate pistol boasts several enhancements, including an improved trigger assembly, ambidextrous controls, and enhanced slide serrations. Whether you're a competitive shooter or looking for a reliable concealed carry handgun, the Springfield XDM Elite is definitely worth considering. 

In this Springfield XDM Elite review, I will explore the features, specifications, and frequently asked questions, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this remarkable 9mm pistol.

Springfield XDM Elite Review

If you want a handgun with a 9mm cartridge, but with more compact dimensions, Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec makes a great entry-level pistol for those with smaller builds. And if you need a tiny gun that's even smaller, with 6 inches in length and weighing only 18.3 ounces, Springfield Hellcat is the way to go.

When it comes to choosing a reliable and high-performance 9mm pistol, enthusiasts and professionals alike demand nothing short of perfection.

Enter the Springfield XDM Elite, a true embodiment of excellence that raises the bar in the world of firearms.

Boasting an impressive array of features and a meticulous design, this exceptional handgun not only caters to the discerning needs of its target audience, but in my opinion, also sets new standards for reliability, accuracy, and versatility.


  • Manufacturer: Springfield Armory

  • Model: XD-M Elite

  • Caliber: 9mm, .45 ACP

  • Barrel Length: 4.5 inches

  • Overall Length: 7.6 inches

  • Weight (with empty magazine): 30.4 ounces

  • Capacity: 20+1 rounds (9mm), 13+1 rounds (.45 ACP)

  • Trigger Pull: 5.5 - 7.7 pounds

  • Sights: Fiber optic front, adjustable rear

  • Optics-Ready: Yes (compatible with red dot optics)

  • Safety Features: Grip safety, trigger safety

  • Slide Finish: Melonite

  • Grip Texture: Aggressive

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Design and Features

The Springfield XDM Elite showcases a thoughtfully designed frame that combines ergonomics with functionality. The grip features an aggressive texture that ensures a secure and comfortable hold, even in adverse conditions.

The pistol also includes interchangeable backstraps, allowing me to customize the grip to my preference. The ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release make it suitable for both right and left-handed shooters, ensuring easy operation and control for all users.

One notable feature of the Springfield XDM Elite is the enhanced slide serrations. These deep serrations at the front and rear of the slide provide an excellent grip surface, facilitating quick and easy slide manipulation.

Whether performing press checks, conducting fast reloads, or field stripping the pistol, the enhanced slide serrations allow for efficient weapon handling.

Springfield XDM Elite pistol

Another notable aspect of the XDM Elite, which I loved, is its compatibility with red dot optics. The optics-ready slide enables shooters to mount their preferred red dot optic, enhancing sight acquisition and providing a consistent sight picture.

This feature is particularly beneficial for those who prefer the speed and precision of a mounted red dot optic.

While other Springfield XDM pistols have curved triggers, the XDM Elite trigger is more of a flat-face style with a rolling break and a trigger pull of around 5 pounds straight out of the box. Besides an impressive 16+1 capacity, the pistol features the Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META™) with a flat face, crisp break and integral overtravel stop. There is no thumb safety but there is a well-designed grip safety that is most forgiving of hand position.

I pretty much forgot it was there when shooting but it does add that little extra safety to a striker gun.

The reset point was initially challenging to feel, and it took a few rounds to get that sweet spot. Once I found that spot, it was natural and easy to get used to.

Shooting Experience

When it comes to the shooting experience, the Springfield XDM Elite truly excels. The enhanced trigger assembly delivers a smooth and consistent trigger pull, contributing to improved accuracy and control. The trigger safety provides an added layer of protection, preventing accidental discharges.

The XD-M Elite's match-grade barrel ensures exceptional accuracy, allowing me to consistently hit my targets with precision. Whether engaging in competition shooting or practicing at the range, the XDM Elite's accuracy instills confidence in shooters of all skill levels.

For self-defense purposes, the Springfield XD M line offers several features that make it an excellent choice. The grip safety adds an extra layer of security, ensuring that the pistol will only fire when held properly.

The pistol also incorporates a loaded chamber indicator, providing a visual and tactile confirmation of the pistol's status. These features gave me peace of mind, knowing that the pistol is ready for self-defense situations.

This gun has a Hex Dragonfly red dot mounted on the slide, so the only thing you need to do after buying one is take it to the range and verify the red dot is zeroed and then you're set to go.


  • Enhanced Trigger Assembly: The improved trigger assembly delivers a smooth and consistent trigger pull, enhancing accuracy and control.
  • Optics-Ready Slide: The optics-ready slide allows for the seamless installation of red dot optics, improving sight acquisition and target tracking.
  • Ambidextrous Controls: The inclusion of ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release makes the XD-M Elite suitable for both right and left-handed shooters, enhancing ease of use and accessibility.
  • Enhanced Slide Serrations: The deep slide serrations provide a secure grip for efficient slide manipulation during various shooting scenarios, facilitating faster reloads and weapon handling.
  • Aggressive Grip Texture: The aggressive grip texture ensures a reliable and comfortable hold, even in challenging conditions, improving overall shooting performance and control.


  • Limited Magazine Capacity: While the XD-M Elite offers generous magazine capacities, some users may find the 20+1 rounds (9mm) or 13+1 rounds (.45 ACP) limiting for extended shooting sessions or competition shooting.
  • Size and Weight: With its 4.5-inch barrel length and 30.4-ounce weight (with an empty magazine), the XD-M Elite Series may be bulkier and heavier compared to other concealed carry options, potentially affecting its appeal to users seeking a more compact pistol.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Springfield XD M Elite 4.5 suitable for concealed carry?

Yes, the Springfield XD M Elite 4.5 is a great option for concealed carry. Its compact size, good grip, and ambidextrous controls make it easy to handle and carry discreetly.

Can I mount a red dot optic on the Springfield XDM Elite?

Absolutely! The XD-M Elite features an optics-ready slide, allowing you to mount your preferred red dot optic for enhanced accuracy and faster target acquisition.

What is the advantage of the enhanced trigger assembly?

The enhanced trigger assembly of the Springfield XDM Elite provides a smooth and consistent trigger pull, contributing to improved accuracy and overall shooting experience.

Are there any differences between the XD-M Elite and XD-M Elite Precision models?

Yes, the XD-M Elite Precision offers an extended slide and barrel length, providing increased sight radius and improved recoil impulse. This makes it a preferred choice for competition shooters or those seeking enhanced precision.

A person holding the pistol

Final Words

In my opinion, the Springfield Armory XD M Elite is an exceptional addition to the XD-M series by Springfield Armory. Its thoughtful design, enhanced features, and reliable performance make it an excellent choice for a variety of applications, including self-defense, competition shooting, and recreational shooting.

With its improved trigger assembly, optics-ready slide, ambidextrous controls, and excellent grip texture, the XDM Elite provides a superior shooting experience that instills confidence in its users.

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