American Rifleman | Springfield Armory Saint: A Top-Selling AR-15
by Guy J. Sagi –
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Springfield Armory introduced its first Saint in November 2016 and has since introduced two more versions in the range. It was the fourth highest-selling semi-automatic rifle among retailers to use Gunbroker.com’s services in 2019. It’s a big climb for this AR platform rifle as it failed to make the top 10 in 2018 and placed a distant ninth in 2017.
There is no doubt that an AR-10 version and additional features in new models have helped the semi-cars attract the attention of enthusiasts. The first Saint model was chambered in the 5.56 NATO and had a 16-inch barrel with a 1: 8-inch rotation.
The medium-length gas system was equipped with the familiar sight and gas block. The trigger was coated with nickel-boron, which made the single-stage system for precise shot placement much more user-friendly. In an early report by American Rifleman who wrote, “Overall, the Springfield Armory’s first foray into the AR market has resulted in a platform that is light, sleek, and well-equipped. There isn’t a lot of differentiation in today’s crowded AR market, but I think Springfield did a great job with the small details. “
Today there are three model families in the Saint line. The base saints, housed in NATO with 5.56 chambers, have an MSRP of between $ 943 and $ 972. All have M-LOK compatible handguards, a pinned gas block, and weigh 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
For enthusiasts who prefer a larger chamber, the company offers the Saint Victor range. They either come in .308 Win. or 5.56 NATO with a free-floating MLOK-compatible handguard. Most versions are available in a black color scheme, but some are available in OD Green, FDE, and Gray. MSRPs range from $ 1,079 to $ 1,399.
The Saint Edge features a match-grade trigger, melonite-treated barrel, SopMod buttstock, and eases the load at just 6 lbs., 3 oz. Its handguard is also free-floating and the 5.56 NATO costs $ 1,299.