First Look: 5.56 SAINT Pistol

By Clay Martin
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First Look: 5.56 SAINT Pistol

October 14th, 2019

3 minute read

This week, we take a look at the new SAINT Pistol. This model hearkens back to the original SAINT carbine model, and the DNA shared between the two is pretty obvious. And like the original carbine, the new SAINT Pistol sends a simple message — everything you need, nothing you don’t.

The SAINT Pistol packs in all the features you need, and nothing you don’t — and all for $849.

The Details

An all-new Trinity Force Breach Brace covers the forearm brace needs, and meets ATF requirements for pistol classification. Minimalist in design, this brace is simple, straightforward and effective.

The SAINT Pistol features a 9.6″ barrel that offers good ballistics while still being short and compact.

The brace locks up like a bank vault when secured in position. The BCMGunfighter Mod.3 pistol grip will feel familiar to SAINT owners, as will the enhanced nickel boron coated trigger.

The forend is another BCM fan favorite, the PMCR polymer forend that’s exclusive to the SAINT Pistol and features M-LOK slots. It includes heat shielding for extended range sessions, or in case you really need to party in a defensive situation. The barrel is 9.6″, a pretty optimal length for a pistol.

The SAINT 5.56 Pistol packs a ton of performance into a compact and affordable package.

Fully Melonited with a 1:8 twist, durability and long-life are a given. And rounding out the package is a pinned gas block with a Picatinny top.

Clay fitted out the SAINT Pistol with a Bushnell First Strike 2.0 Reflex Sight.

Hands On

For testing, I paired mine with a Bushnell First Strike 2.0, from the AR Optics line. This reflex sight is very low in profile, which makes it a great fit for the SAINT Pistol. Range time did not disappoint. With the stabilizer brace and First Strike, this is a lead slinger for certain. And at 5 pounds, 8 ounces, it is a go-anywhere gun of the first order.

The BCMGunfighter M-LOK forend features aluminum heat shields and a built-in safety stop.

The new SAINT Pistol carries on the tradition of the SAINT series in giving you everything you would need for a great price. And speaking of price, the MSRP on the new SAINT Pistol is just $849. Seems like a steal to me.

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Clay Martin

Clay Martin

Clay Martin is a former USMC Infantryman, Reconnaissance Marine, and Scout/Sniper. Cross decking to the US Army in 2003, he retired as a Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant from 3rd SFG (A). Clay has been a competitive shooter in USPSA, 3 Gun, and PRS disciplines, as well as a contract instructor for marksmanship and Close Quarters Battle. Aside from being a gunslinger, Clay is the author of Last Son of the War God, and the soon to be published Sword of the Caliphate series. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, sons, and pack of feral dogs.

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