We wanted to give our customers the smallest, lightest gun we could without sacrificing accuracy, dependability and stopping power. Enter the ECO — a single-stack, Officer-size 1911 that weighs only 25 oz. For years, the Officer model has been criticized for its reliability. We have conquered that by using the latest technology and doing what others say can’t be done. The recoil system is quite unique for this style of 1911, as we use a solid, one-piece guide rod and a flat recoil spring that is rated for 15,000 rounds in .45 ACP — 15,000 rounds! — not 500 like most 1911 dual recoil systems are rated for. With longevity unheard of in a production 1911, it also gives the benefit of a smooth slide for easier operation and less felt recoil.
The lightweight 3.5” slide is topped with tritium night sights with our tactical rear, which allows for easy one-handed racking. The ECO barrel is a flush-cut, ramped bull barrel with a target crown rather than the traditional barrel bushing setup, allowing it to be more compact and easier to disassemble.
The frame is anodized aluminum and features an undercut triggerguard and 25-LPI checkering. The mainspring housing is also aluminum with 25-LPI checkering and a rounded bottom corner for concealability and shooting comfort. The enhanced grip safety and slim-line G10 grips really plant the pistol in your hand, allowing for faster follow-up shots and better recoil control. Just like the Guardian, the ECO’s slide and small parts receive the Duty finish, and it’s available in both 9mm and .45 ACP.
We set out to conquer the Officer model and did just that. The ECO is compact, extremely lightweight and raises the bar for reliability. Pick up an ECO — you won’t be disappointed.