By Drew Bryant
July 25th, 2022,

Springfield Armory has just announced an optics ready slide replacement for the company’s XD series of pistols. These slides are fully assembled replacements with an optics cut from the factory. Which allows XD owners who want to add red dot to their slide without the need to out source their slide to get aftermarket milling work done.

As of right now, XD owners have limited options for adding red dots to their pistols. Finding a company who provides after market milling work for your XD can be difficult and frustrating process. An alternative to the slide milling is the dovetail plate. This plate/mount system isn’t robust enough to handle the recoil inflicted upon it. Which can lead to the plate screws sheering off or your red dot not holding zero effectively. Now, Springfield has addressed this prominent issue by offering completely assembled slides with the added bonus of having an optics cut. The company will also offer optics ready XD models with or without a Crimson Trace red dot.

Below, is the press release from Springfield Armory on the new XD series of replacement optics ready slides.

Press Release

GENESEO, ILL. (07/25/22) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the release of new XD® OSP™ (Optical Sight Pistol) Slide Kit and Assembly options for the original XD line of full-size pistols. The 4″ 9mm kit and assemblies provide original XD owners OSP capabilities as well as the ability to convert certain XD models to a full-size 4″ 9mm configuration. The slides, featuring included cover plates, are cut to accept XD-M® OSP optics mounting plates available for a wide range of popular optics.

First up is the XD OSP Slide Kit (part # XD4902), a package that provides users with a complete OSP-cut, full-size XD slide assembly packaged with a recoil spring assembly, barrel and an optics mounting plate in the Springfield Micro™ footprint. This plate accepts optics like the Shield SMSc and allows for co-witnessing with the iron sights. MSRP is $396. With this XD OSP Slide Kit, you can convert several XD variants to a full-size 4″ 9mm configuration featuring OSP capabilities. The kit converts the following:

– XD 5″ 9mm to XD OSP 4″ 9mm
– XD 4″ .40 to XD OSP 4″ 9mm (with purchase of 9mm magazine)
– XD 5″ .40 to XD OSP 4″ 9mm (with purchase of 9mm magazine)

Also available is the XD OSP Slide Assembly (part # XD4901), which includes an OSP-cut slide assembly for an XD 4″ 9mm pistol along with a Springfield Micro footprint optics-mounting plate. It is designed to convert an XD 4″ 9mm to an XD 4″ 9mm OSP, while utilizing the original pistol’s barrel and recoil spring system. With this assembly, you can easily swap out the slide on your 4″ 9mm pistol to gain OSP optics-mounting capabilities. MSRP for the XD OSP Slide Assembly is $270. Also available is an XD OSP Slide Assembly packaged with a Crimson Trace CTS-1500 red dot optic and optic mounting plate (part # XD4903). MSRP for that package is $369. Both XD OSP Slide Assembly offerings convert the following:
– XD 4″ 9mm to XD 4″ OSP 9mm

“With these new XD 4″ 9mm OSP Slide Kit and Slide Assembly conversion systems, Springfield Armory is providing owners of this rugged and proven pistol a means to update their handgun for the use of modern red dot optics,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “In addition, the XD OSP Slide Assembly option allows you to convert other full-size 9mm and .40-cal. variants of the XD into the 4”-barreled 9mm configuration with optics capabilities.”

– XD OSP Slide Kit w/ barrel, recoil assembly and OSP optics mounting plate | XD4902
| MSRP: $396

– XD OSP Slide Assembly w/OSP optics mounting plate | XD4901 | MSRP: $270

– XD OSP Slide Assembly w/ Crimson Trace CTS-1500 and OSP optics mounting plate
| XD4903| MSRP: $369

For more information on the XD OSP Slide Assembly and Kit Conversions, visit

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