News Brief – 5/31

The American Firearms News Brief for May 31st: Gun Imports Are way Up, Ammo Demand Not Stopping Any Time Soon, Gould Brothers Smash Record, & Springfield Armory's New XD-M Elite.
Michael R Crites


Disclosure: Products are selected by our editors. We may earn a commission on purchases from a link. How we select gear.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8 Compact OSP

Featuring all the gun industry developments that are fit to print in a bite-sized format, the American Firearms News Brief is here to keep you informed.

Imports are way, way up

The National Shooting Sports Foundation tracks and reports monthly U.S. import units for several sporting arms and ammunition categories from the US International Trade Commission. 

The results for February 2021 compared to February 2020 found that handgun imports are up 112.2 percent from 204,600 to 434,204 units while rifle imports were up 71.7 percent from 36,765 to 63,136 units. Meanwhile, shotgun imports jumped 396.4 percent from 47,468 to 235,628. As for ammo, it increased 27.1 percent from 167.7 million to 213.1 million units. 

Take away: expect more imported guns and ammo, in more places.

Survey: Ammo Demand Not Stopping Any Time Soon

300 BLK Sig Ammunition

Southwick Associates surveyed more than 1,800 ammunition consumers last month about their feelings on the national ammo shortage and found that only 17 percent were happy with the amount of ammo available on the market, and 79 percent reporting they had curbed range visits to conserve brass. 

“At some point, demand will certainly soften,” reports Rob Southwick, President of Southwick Associates. “However, frenzied purchasing and empty shelves often fuels further increases in demand. We do not see demand softening in the near future.”

Gould Brothers Smash Record

Shotgun exhibition shooters Steve and Aaron Gould were able to break their own long-distance clays record of 160 yard using Federal’s Heavyweight TSS #7 shot to chalk up a 180-yard break. Importantly, the load carried three times the pellet energy and 100+ more pellets in the payload than the #5 lead load they used in the earlier record.

“We knew we could break the record; we just didn’t know by how much. To pull the trigger of a shotgun and see a clay break at 180 yards, that is pretty cool,” stated Aaron Gould, after the event, held in Osakis, Minnesota.

Springfield Armory's New XD-M Elite 3.8" Compact OSP

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8 Compact OSP

Illinois-based Springfield Armory introduced a new optics-ready carry gun, the XD-M Elite 3.8-inch Compact OSP. Coming in just a little smaller than the Glock 19, the new Springer uses a double-column stainless steel magazine that provides 14+1 capacity in the two included magazines and has an MSRP of $633. A user-removable magwell allows it to step up to a 19+1 round capacity. 

“This newest addition to the XD-M Elite line of pistols gives shooters and concealed carry users a great option for a red dot-ready EDC pistol,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “Features like its optics capability, fully ambidextrous controls and a funneled, removable magwell make the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact OSP a must-have for CCW.”

The slide cut is capable of being used with most popular optics on the market– Trijicon RMR, Vortex Venom, Leupold Deltapoint, Burris FastFire and Docter Optics red dots. Springfield also plans to offer the model with a HEX Dragonfly optic for an MSRP of $818.

Get the News Brief sent to you weekly.

We’re not big on filler, so our News Briefs get right to the point. Subscribe to have the latest industry news & reviews sent directly to you. 

4.6/5 - (11 votes)

What do you think?

Checking our work.

We use years of experience, deep research, and hands-on testing to scrutinize our product recommendations and provide you with as close to objectively accurate results we humans can muster. If you’ve found different results in your own testing, think we missed something important, or otherwise need to adjust our work, please let us know. If it’s noteworthy we’ll consider integrating your feedback into our article. After all, it takes a village. 

Email the editor

Read more gun & gear reviews: