Earlier this year, Springfield Armory made it clear that they had a secret. Somehow, they managed to orchestrate the pretty epic “Defend your Legacy” marketing campaign. Peaking our curiosity by parading sweaty athletes dressed from head to toe in Under Armor across our phone and computer screens; the only reference to the actual product was it’s name. All the fans, distributors, and gun store employees waited poised, ready for Springfield’s next EDC pistol to be released. And on November first (All Saints Day), Springfield unveiled the appropriately named “Saint”, a modular, entry level AR-15. Having honed it’s focus around handguns in the past, Springfield Armory arrived not so fashionably late to the carbine game. But hey, they certainly didn’t show up empty handed.
The Springfield Armory Saint is a direct impingement mid-length gas system, chambered in 5.56 x 45mm NATO (.223 REM), and featuring a 16″ Chrome Moly Vanadium, 1:8 RH Twist, Melonite®
Barrel. At an overall weight of 6lbs. 11oz., this rifle’s weight is comparable to similar other “out of the box” competitors.
The upper and lower receivers are built of the same durable type III Hard Coat Anodized Aircraft Grade 7075 T6 aluminum, and a Mil-Spec Carbine Receiver Extension. This AR-15 sport the innovative Accu-Tite mating system, including a tension set screw in the lower receiver to maintain an overall tight fit and improve accuracy in the long run.
Another unique aspect of the Saint, one that many consider an upgrade, is that Springfield chose all Bravo Company furniture. To assist in maintaining a consistent grip, the all new PKMR keymod handguard is texturized, and has a built in hand-stop on the bottom. The BCM Gunfighter 6 position buttstock comes equipped with a rubber pad on the end, and holes for QD mounts.
The Saint’s heavy buffer system is designed to improve the cycle of its M16 BCG with Carpenter 158 Steel Bolt, and effect overall reliability, all the while absorbing some of the recoil for a more comfortable day on the range.
Some of the more traditional features of the Saint include the GI style charging handle, A2 style front sight base/gas block setup, forward assist, and a dust cover.
Where Springfield’s Saint really shines is in its Springfield Armory® Proprietary, 6.5lb, Nickel Boron Coated GI trigger. Multiple reviewers have stated that it’s smoother than the average entry level stock trigger. Clay Martin, a reviewer for Guns America, claims that it has the best stock trigger on the market, and writes, ” I have zero qualms about saying this is the best entry level AR-15 I have shot, and will be my new recommendation for anyone looking to buy an AR that doesn’t break the bank. I also did a seven mag dump run with the Saint where I then dumped it into a mud puddle to cool it. It still ran just fine after all that. ”
The reviews have come in, and the Springfield Armory Saint has been declared an awesome ‘out of the box’ AR-15 for under $1,000.
“Like those who are unapologetic about protecting their legacy, the SAINT™ makes no compromises when it comes to features, engineering, and operator experience. As the ultimate refinement of the AR-15 form, the SAINT™ combines innovations like the Accu-Tite receiver mating system with the relentless execution of core features.” – Springfield Armory