First Look: SAINT Victor Pistol .308

By Travis Pike
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First Look: SAINT Victor Pistol .308

April 28th, 2020

5 minute read

I own guns for fun and some for utility, and others for utility and some fun. I own a SAINT Victor .308 for utility and some fun. I always saw the .308 rifle as one chambered for a good working cartridge, especially for hunting in areas that alternate from dense brush to cutovers and fields. But, there’s a new Victor in .308 on the market, and it’s one that I really want for fun!

The SAINT Victor Pistol in .308 brings a lot of purpose-built power to a very compact package.

The new SAINT Victor Pistol in .308 was first shown at SHOT Show earlier this year, but I’ll admit that I barely noticed it as I fell in love with the Springfield PDW and the EVAC that also were being shown for the first time (to see our SHOT Show 2020 coverage, click here). Frankly, I feel silly for overlooking it now.

The pistol has a 10.3″ barrel that helps contribute to its small size.

After spending some time with it on the range, I’ve discovered one of the most fun guns I’ve handled in some time. Admittedly a lot of the fun comes from an unusual area, and that is the challenge the gun creates. It’s not hard to shoot, per se, but it is more challenging than a 5.56mm.

Travis was excited to try out the new .308 pistol and found it to be a lot of fun.

A .308 pistol is a big round coming out of a small gun, and as you’d imagine that creates some recoil and muzzle rise. But, there’s something to be said for packing in more power into a still compact package. In fact, the Victor Pistol in .308 delivers more than twice the energy on target as a comparably sized 5.56mm pistol.

This .308 comes standard with a 20-round Magpul PMAG Gen3 magazine.

The Details

Let’s talk about the size of the gun. The pistol features a collapsible SB Tactical SBA3 brace that allows the gun to be as short as 28.25″ fully collapsed (and 30.5″ fully extended). The gun weighs in at 8 lbs. 6 oz., and the CMV Melonite-coated barrel is a short 10.3″ with a 1:10″ twist. Topping off the muzzle is a Springfield Armory 2-Piece Blast Diverter.

The .308 Victor Pistol packs in a ton of power into a small package.

Inside the forged 7075 T6 upper receiver is an HPI (high pressure tested) and MPI (magnetic particle inspected) bolt, and the bolt carrier group is Melonite coated. Inside the forged 7075 T6 lower is the Springfield Accu-Tite system for removing play between the upper and lower receiver as well as a nickel-boron-coated flat trigger.

The 2-Piece Blast Diverter helps shooters manage the concussive power of the .308 round.

Surrounding the barrel is an aluminum M-Lok free-float handguard equipped with a forward handstop. An excellent Bravo Company USA BCMGUNFIGHTER Mod 3 pistol grip and 20-round Magpul PMAG Gen3 magazine round out the package.

With the brace fully collapsed, the pistol is just a hair over 28″ long.

Hands On

As I mentioned, shooting .308 out of a package this size is going to create some recoil — that’s just basic physics. And while controlling said recoil and muzzle rise is the challenge, it is also part of the fun of this weapon. Shooting this gun is a literal and figurative blast.

I found that while the gun is quite powerful, the blast diverter and overall design of the gun made it more controllable than I expected. Yes, it’s a .308 that is around 28″ long, but it is more than shootable.

Travis is a big fan of the SB Tactical SBA3 wrist brace and was glad to see it on the Victor Pistol in .308.

The SBA3 adjustable brace is quite comfortable and wraps around the arm easily enough. The SBA3 is my favorite pistol brace of all time and gives my above average-sized forearms plenty of room to be comfortable. It also makes it very easy for the shooter to get on and stay on target. Out to 50 yards, I shot appreciatively better with the brace than without it.

The smooth aluminum M-Lok forend gives you a nice amount of area to grip, and the built-in hand stop ensures your hand won’t slide in front of the short barrel. The M-Lok rail is free-floating, and add on that on top of the excellent flat-faced, nickel boron trigger and you get a weapon designed for accuracy in a package not traditionally associated with precision.

Downrange

The SAINT Victor also proved to be more accurate than I expected. It’s a .308-caliber pistol, so I was expecting something closer to subgun accuracy, but I found myself on the right side of being wrong. It proved to be excellent in the accuracy department and I found myself striking small targets at 50 yards standing with nothing more than the excellent Meprolight Foresight red dot I put on the gun and the brace. The targets ranged from a 10″-wide gong all the way down to a clay pigeon.

Travis topped off the pistol with a Meprolight Foresight red dot and was ringing steel at 50 yards in no time.

The SAINT Victor Pistol in .308 is accurate enough to be an excellent field companion. It would easily fit on an ATV, a side by side or any other all-terrain type vehicle and be powerful enough to deal with feral hogs, coyotes and more. If you’re on foot, it’s superbly light and easy to sling across your back.

Conclusion

The SAINT Victor Pistol in .308 proved reliable with a variety of both hunting ammunition and common FMJ loads. It ate, fired and ejected everything I tossed through it. While a .308 pistol is somewhat unusual, Springfield put this one together in a way that is comfortable and fun to shoot while being as compact and light as possible. They describe it as “Purpose Built Power,” and I agree — but I’d also call it just plain fun! And at an MSRP of $1,363, it won’t break the bank either.

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Travis Pike

Travis Pike

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.

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