Very nice. Congrats btw. Caught up in all the hub bub of the scratches we missed the overall picture. New firearm and excitement that comes with it. Victors are fantastic guns. I won't rehash the pages, but enjoy your new rifle. Nice scope choice. Ran my 2 victors this week end as well. Fun timesUPDATE 9/28: I have not yet contacted Springfield Armory about the rifle. So it’s not that they haven’t responded. I don’t know if they monitor this group or not.
Just to clarify, this was NOT a display item. It was a direct ship from the Rural King warehouse to my local store and I did not get a discount off the price because of the damaged buffer tube. I actually posted the original question and pictures while in the store trying to decide if I would accept the gun with the scratches. And yes, I did try cleaning it, it’s scratched into the metal, it doesn’t rub off.
The main thing that bothered me is that everyone is paying top dollar on firearms and ammo right now, it would be nice for it to be in top condition. It would be different if I scratched it. It’s not supposed to come that way.
VERDICT: I took the rifle out for the first time this weekend and I LOVE it. Tight groupings. Even shooting through the same holes. Great solid build and a lot of fun to shoot. The scratch bugs me and it shouldn’t have come that way, but I really do recommend the Saint Victor. I think I just got a little unlucky with quality control because of the high demand right now. (Oh, I also recommend the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6. Sweet setup.).