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[SHOT 2018] Springfield Armory’s NEW SAINT Edge, AR-15 Pistol & More Glorious 6.5 Creedmoor

This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com

If you did not have the opportunity to visit Springfield Armory at SHOT Show in the convention center, they had a sprawling booth with enough firearms to make you contemplate getting a 2nd job. From 1911s to 911s to XD(M)s to AR-15s to M1As, they had their square footage amply covered. We at TFB gave you a healthy sampling of the handguns they have new rolling into 2018 in a previous article so in this piece we will cover their rifles. The big headliners are Springfield Armory’s top-tier AR-15 in the SAINT Edge, their 1st offering of an AR-15 pistol in an iteration of a SAINT and new chamberings of the 6.5 Creedmoor in M1A rifles.

springfield armory saint AR-15 pistol 5.56 nato

The popularity of AR-15 pistols has risen quite dramatically over the past 4-5 years with people employing arm braces in various fashions (we won’t tell you how to use them…) creating for fun recreation and even utility in self-defense. Most AR-15 pistols on the market come from small, niche companies so to see a household name like Springfield Armory make one is truly telling as to how the market is trending.

The SAINT AR-15 pistol features an M-LOK Aluminum, Free Float Handguard with Forward Hand Stop. Between this and a lot of the Bravo Company furniture that Springfield Armory employs on this pistol, it gives the shooter better dexterity and control in this AR-15 platform.

This pistol also has a Nickel Boron coated trigger which is very smooth for a factory AR-15 pistol. All SAINT firearms from Springfield Armory has their exclusive Accu-Tite™ tension system which eliminates slop between the upper and lower receiver. This is a feature that is integrally built into the lower.

A final keynote spec on this firearm is the proprietary blast diverter affixed to the muzzle. This directs all of the gases, debris and a significant portion of the noise forward of the shooter and his/her range buddies.

The Springfield Armory SAINT AR-15 pistol in 5.56 NATO has an MSRP of $989.


springfield armory saint edge 5.56 nato

The SAINT Edge rifle within the family of SAINT AR-15s by Springfield Armory is their most premium offering to date. It boasts a billet receiver machined 7075 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum giving you a supremely strong base. Inside is a modular match, short-reset, Melonite-treated GI single stage trigger. The enhancements on that trigger are a mouth-full, but in short, it is a stiflingly nice trigger out of a factory rifle.

The barrel has a Mid Length gas system, Low Profile Multi/Mode Adjustable Gas Block and uses a 1 in 8″ twist rate for a 5.56x45mm NATO chambering. To cap it off, there is a Springfield Armory Multi-Port Muzzle Brake to keep muzzle rise down when executing fast, successive shots on target.

Other more simple, but quality enhancements are the use of Bravo Company furniture, an M-LOK free-float handguard and rugged metal, Springfield Armory iron sights. All of which make for a great complete rifle package that comes with a hard case.

The Springfield Armory SAINT Edge in 5.56x45mm NATO has an MSRP of $1,299.

SAINT Edge


springfield armory m1a loaded 6.5 creedmoor

If you have not heard, the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber is starting to become kind of a big deal. Like, everyone wants to shoot it and own it in their favorite rifle platforms. So why not get a 6.5 Creedmoor in the stalwart M1A.

SAINT EdgeNow Springfield Armory is offering the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber in the M1A Loaded series of rifles. You can get it in three different colors or configurations: black precision adjustable stock, flat dark earth precision adjustable stock and black composite stock.

All three variations will afford you the same tremendous quality, accuracy and functionality that you have come to know through their .308 Win models. Now you just get to join in on the fun, terminal performance and flat-shooting ballistics that embodies the 6.5 Creedmoor.

The MSRP of the Black Composite M1A Loaded is $1,985 while the Black and FDE Precision Adjustable Stock M1A Loaded models retail out at $2,045.

SAINT Edge

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