GENESEO, ILL. (02/06/24) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce that the Echelon™ 9mm pistol has been chosen as NRA Publications’ Shooting Illustrated 2024 Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year.

Now in their 22nd year, the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards acknowledge the finest products available in the shooting sports. The winners are selected by a committee of NRA Publications staff, representing more than a century of collective experience in the shooting and hunting industry.

The unparalleled Echelon sets a new standard for modern, striker-fired duty pistols. With a host of patent-pending features, this modular and highly adaptable handgun was engineered with superior ergonomics and built to withstand the harshest conditions. The result is a pistol that was designed to be the finest duty-grade pistol on the market.

At the heart of the advanced Echelon lies the all-new patent-pending Central Operating Group. Employing cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, it is an entirely self-contained and serialized stainless steel chassis. The result is a system that is easily moved between available grip modules in seconds. The pistol comes standard with the medium grip module and three interchangeable backstraps, while small and large grips can be purchased separately. In addition, all controls of the pistol are fully ambidextrous.

Further adding to the Echelon’s adaptability is its truly innovative Variable Interface System, which employs patent-pending self-locking pins to ensure you maintain consistent and reliable point of aim/point of impact with a mounted optic. In addition, the pins can be positioned to fit the footprints of a wide range of popular optics, allowing for an unparalleled direct-mount fit.

The Echelon is offered with a choice of U-Dot™ tritium/luminescent or traditional three-dot tritium sights. The accuracy performance of the Echelon is ensured by the hammer-forged 4.5” barrel, while a 5.28” hammer-forged threaded barrel model is also available. The two included magazines feature a capacity of 17+1 in its flush fit configuration and 20+1 with the extended basepad installed.

“The Echelon was engineered from the ground up to set a new standard for modern striker-fired duty pistols,” said Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are honored it has been recognized with such an esteemed award from the National Rifle Association.”

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About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at:


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