GENESEO, ILL. (10/31/23) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce that its new Echelon™ 9mm pistol has won the esteemed Guns & Ammo 2023 Handgun of the Year Award.

“Selecting the winner of this award was a demanding process that required extensive testing by our contributors and staff,” says Eric Poole, editor of Guns & Ammo. “Due to its combination of impressive performance and cutting-edge design, Springfield’s Echelon clearly deserved this year’s Handgun of the Year honors.”

The Echelon 9mm set a new standard for modern, striker-fired duty pistols. With a host of revolutionary patent-pending features, this modular and highly adaptable handgun is engineered with superior ergonomics and built to withstand the harshest conditions.

At the heart of the Echelon lies the all-new patent-pending Central Operating Group (COG). Employing cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, the modular COG 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. In addition, all controls — from the slide lock lever to the magazine release — are fully ambidextrous.

Further adding to the Echelon’s adaptability is its truly innovative Variable Interface System (VIS), which employs patent-pending self-locking pins to complete the most versatile optics mounting system on the market. The pins can be positioned to fit the footprints of a wide range of popular optics, allowing for an unparalleled direct-mount fit between the pistol’s slide and optic. Additionally, as the mounting screws are torqued to spec, the pins exert lateral pressure on the optic’s interior mounting surface to eliminate left/right movement.

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 pistol comes packed with one flush-fit 17-round magazine, and one extended 20-rounded magazine.

“We’ve been extremely proud of the Echelon since its launch,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “So, receiving the recognition of the 2023 Handgun of the Year Award from such a respected name in the firearms media community means a great deal to us.”

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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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