GENESEO, ILL. (05/28/23) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the release of two new color variants of the Echelon 9mm pistol. Now available in Desert FDE or OD Green, these two pistols continue the Echelon’s reputation as a highly adaptable handgun engineered with superior ergonomics and built to withstand the harshest conditions.

At the heart of the Echelon lies the patent-pending Central Operating Group. Employing cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, this modular chassis is an entirely self-contained and serialized part. The result is a system that can be easily moved between available grip modules in seconds.

Further adding to the Echelon’s adaptability is its truly innovative Variable Interface System, which employs patent-pending self-locking pins to complete the most versatile optics mounting system on the market. 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. This ensures you maintain consistent and reliable point of aim/point of impact.

In addition, the pins can be positioned to fit the footprints of more than 30 popular optics, allowing for an unparalleled direct-mount fit between the pistol’s slide and optic. Supporting the optics-mounting capability of both of these new variants of the pistol is a set of U-Dot™ tritium/luminescent sights. Accuracy performance is ensured by a hammer-forged 4.5” barrel.

Both the Desert FDE and OD Green pistols feature a Cerakote® finish on the billet-machined slide that mates up with a matching color polymer grip module. Cerakote has become the gold standard for gun parts, with an advanced formulation that has virtually eliminated the need to oil the exterior for corrosion protection. This innovative coating not only enhances the durability and performance of firearms, but also offers significant benefits in terms of longevity and ease of care.

“The Echelon was engineered from the ground up to be today’s most advanced striker-fired pistol,” said Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “With the addition of these two new color variants in Desert FDE or OD Green, shooters have even more options with this unparalleled pistol design.”

Desert FDE Echelon 4.5” 9mm w/ U-Dot | EC9459F-U | 706397978532 | MSRP: $719

OD Green Echelon 4.5” 9mm w/ U-Dot | EC9459G-U | 706397978549 | MSRP: $719

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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.

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