The New Springfield Echelon: Options Galore!

Handgun selection is a personal process, and it’s one made simpler when manufacturers provide a family of firearms rather than a single option. Enter the Springfield Armory Echelon family of pistols, designed for serious shooters, dedicated use, and stellar performance. These handguns are the latest addition to the Springfield line and are well worth a closer look.

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The Echelon line of handguns is the latest addition to Springfield’s family of firearms. 

The Springfield Armory Echelon line of handguns currently includes four models: 10-round, 15-round, 17-round, and 20-round capacities. Three of the guns have 4.5-inch hammer-forged steel barrels with Melonite finishes and 1 in 10 twist rates. The fourth has a 5.28-inch threaded barrel with thread protector, making it suppressor ready. Slides are billet machined and optics ready, making it easy to add a red dot optic. All capacities are chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.

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The pistols are optics-ready, for the straightforward addition of red dots. 

Features of the Echelon family of handguns include:

  • Eight-inch overall length with a 4.5-inch barrel.
  • 8.8-inch overall length with 5.28-inch threaded barrel.
  • 1.2-inch grip width.
  • Black polymer frame for durability and comfort.
  • Tritium/luminescent front sight and Tactical Rack U Dot rear sight come standard.
  • Captive recoil system.
  • 5.5-inch height without aftermarket red dot sight.
  • Wide, angled serrations at the front and back of the slide for easier manipulation.
  • Textured grips for firm hold during live fire.
  • Ships with two magazines, the capacity of which depends on the specific model.
  • Accessory rail ahead of the trigger guard for the addition of aftermarket accessories such as lights and lasers.
  • Weight varies by model.
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The Echelon is available with an extended, 20-round magazine. 

The Echelon family of handguns is meant for defensive use and has numerous features designed to help it fulfill that niche. The guns are made to be reliable and accurate, and thanks to the variety of capacities offered, there’s likely to be a gun in the Echelon family for you. And if you want a 9mm equipped with a suppressor or other muzzle device, simply get the 5.28-inch threaded barrel model. The Springfield Echelon is designed to be compact enough to carry without sacrificing ease of use or accuracy.

MSRP for the Springfield Armory Echelon varies by model but starts at $679.00.

Check out our review of the Echelon as well!

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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