First Look: Springfield Armory Desert FDE XD-M Elite 4.5″ OSP in 10mm

The punch of 10mm, the convenience of modern polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol.

posted on March 14, 2023
Xd M Elite 10Mm Fde

Springfield Armory is releasing a new model of the XD-M Elite 4.5” OSP 10mm, now in Desert FDE. The XD-M Elite 4.5″ OSP 10mm that has all the features of a modern optics-ready, polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol, combines that with 16 rounds of 10mm in each magazine. The 4.5-inch, match-grade Melonite finished barrel maximizes ballistic performance and the extended/removable flared magwell provides faster reloads. There is also improved slide serrations and an ambidextrous slide stop for better gun manipulations.

“The XD-M Elite 10mm in Desert FDE provides shooters with a powerful pistol that will definitely stand out from the crowd,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “The popular Desert FDE color, combined with all the enhanced features of the XD-M Elite line, makes this newest variant an appealing option for fans of the powerful 10mm cartridge.”

The Desert FDE XD-M Elite 4.5″ 10mm features the Optical Sight Pistol (OSP) system, a removable seamless cover plate that covers a mounting interface for installing the optic of your choice using mounting plates that are available separately. If iron sights are your thing, on top of the forged steel slide is a Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight which has a u-shaped white outline that works with the high-visibility fiber optic front sight. At the heart of the pistol is the Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META) system, a refined trigger with a flat face and integral overtravel stop. A double-zipper case is included with the pistol which ensures the firearm and mounted accessories are protected during transportation, while an interior pouch can hold an additional magazine.

MSRP for the XD-M Elite 4.5″ OSP 10mm Desert FDE is $695, and for more information on this pistol and other products from Springfield Armory, please visit


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