Springfield Armory brought several new offerings to show off in Houston last weekend for the 151st NRA Annual Meeting. 

Guns.com caught up with shooting sports legend Rob Leatham to get the 411 on new guns from Springer such as the 16+1 capacity XD-M Elite 4.5 OSP in 10mm, the innovative 15+1 capacity Hellcat Pro, and a new Commander-length Emissary model in 9mm.

The new XD-M Elite 4.5 Optical Sight Pistol, as its name would infer, comes standard from Croatia via Springer with a 4.5-inch hammer-forged steel barrel and a slide milled for a micro red dot. With a 7.6-inch overall length, the pistol includes an extended and flared “short” magwell for rapid magazine swaps.


Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 4.5 OSP in 10mm
Speaking of mags, the XD-M Elite 4.5 OSP has a 16+1 capacity in 10mm Auto. Other features include Springer's META flat-faced trigger system, Tactical Rack U-dot rear sights paired with a fiber-optic front, and an ambi slide stop. (Photo by Chris Eger/Guns.com)


Using flush-fitting 15-round magazines rather than the standard Hellcat's 11+1, the Hellcat Pro brings a 3.7-inch hammer-forged barrel to the carry game in what Springfield says is a smaller footprint than any other gun in its class. For those keeping count at home, the Hellcat Pro runs 6.6 inches in overall length and 1 inch in width, which puts it in the same box as the nominally 10+1 capacity Glock 43X.


At a height of 4.8 inches, the Hellcat Pro is a tad shorter than the G43X when the Austrian polymer pistol has its standard mag inserted. (Photo: Springfield Armory)


With a distinctive frame that includes a squared, glove-friendly trigger guard, the Emissary has wrap-around grip texturing, a skeletonized hammer, and a solid-body flat-faced trigger.


The new Commander-length Emissary pistol runs a 4.25-inch forged stainless-steel match-grade barrel, giving it an overall length of 7.75 inches. Weight is still a chonky 40 ounces. (Photo by Chris Eger/Guns.com)


Springfield also had the Hellion, the Croatian-made consumer variant of the VHS-2 bullpup rifle. In testing, we found this gun to be reliable and have one of the best triggers on the market when it comes to bullpups.


Springfield Armory Hellion bullpup
Plus it just looks amazing and is our choice to equip space marines and mobile infantry everywhere. Would you like to know more? (Photo by Chris Eger/Guns.com)


Another interesting new rifle on the wall at Springfield's booth was the sub-MOA guaranteed Saint Edge ATC. Debuted last December, the rifles, offered in a standard black model as well as an Elite Coyote Brown model with a better trigger and stock, are both built on a one-piece monolithic lower that is machined from 6061 T6 aluminum.


Saint Edge ATC
Working towards precision use, they both use 18-inch 1:7-twist Ballistic Advantage barrels with .223 Wylde chambers in a truly free-floated design that ensures the barrel and gas system are not in contact with the lower. An Accu-Tite tensioning system eliminates play between the upper and lower. (Photo by Chris Eger/Guns.com)