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By Drew Bryant
July 12th 2023,

Over the last few years, we have seen an influx of striker fire pistols to the market. We have witnessed SIG’s successful P320, Walther’s PDP, and CZ’s P-10. Springfield Armory was one of the first competitors to Glock’s polymer striker-fired pistol with the XD pistol. After twenty-four years, Springfield Armory is looking to introduce the next evolution in their striker-fire guns with the Springfield Echelon. The new offering from Springfield looks to replace the XD and blaze a path forward into the future.

The Echelon pistol is a blend of ideas from modern striker-fired pistols on the market. The new pistol features its all-new Central Operating Group, or COG for short. The COG is an entirely self-contained and serialized item. Like SIG’s FCU, the COG houses the trigger, sears, and disconnector. This system can be easily removed and put into another chosen frame.

The Echelon also features deep front and rear slide serrations, a match-grade barrel, and a VIS optic mounting system. The new system allows end users to mount their optic of choice to their pistols directly. As of release, up to 30 different optics can be directly mounted to Echelon’s slide.

Below are the product description and features for the Springfield Armory Echelon.

Product Description

Engineered with superior ergonomics and built to withstand the harshest conditions, the Echelon™ 4.5″ 9mm handgun sets a new standard for modern, striker-fired duty pistols. With a host of patent pending features, this modular pistol is designed around a robust stainless steel chassis. In addition, a revolutionary optics mounting system allows for unparalleled adaptability with a broad range of optics. Fully ambidextrous, the Echelon features a U-Dot sight system for fast target acquisition and includes two magazines.


Central Operating Group (COG)

At the heart of the Echelon lies the all-new Central Operating Group (COG). Employing cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, the COG is self-contained and serialized, allowing it to move quickly between grip modules in seconds. Precision built from stainless steel, the chassis provides robust housing for its patent-pending operating system.

Variable Interface System (VIS)

Concealed beneath the slide cover plate is the Echelon’s patent-pending optic mounting system. The Variable Interface System (VIS) allows users to mount over 30 optics directly to the slide without the use of adapter plates. Configure the self-locking pins for the footprint of your desired optic to achieve a low, direct mount for improved sight picture and intuitive alignment.

Engaging Slide Design

Thoroughly tested for ease of manipulation, the Echelon’s slide features four distinct engagement surfaces. A trench cut forward of the action gives shooters a natural index location for press checks and charging the firearm. The back of the slide is flared for positive purchase while deep forward and rear serrations are carried through the corners for a firm grip from any angle.

The Springfield Armory Echelon is available now through your local Springfield Armory retailer. The new pistol retails for $679 MSRP. For more on the Echelon, click here.

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