Gears of Guns Tricks Out a SAINT Victor B5

By Atticus James
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Gears of Guns Tricks Out a SAINT Victor B5

March 15th, 2022

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I am fortunate enough to work in the gun industry and have opportunities that not many are afforded, like getting to test out rifles like this SAINT Victor B5. In this article, I will be focusing on building what I would consider my main needs for a rifle in uncertain times.

Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5 rifle
Out of the box, the SAINT Victor B5 is good to go. Nevertheless, customizing a gun for your own needs is one of the great American pastimes.

Editor’s note: Be sure to check out Paul Carlson’s review of the SAINT Victor.

The Add-Ons

Alright, let’s jump into what makes this my go-to rifle and what I changed to make it that way. First off, I am very happy with this rifle out of the box. It needs only one change for me, which would make this rifle perfect.

Springfield SAINT Victor B5 rifle
The Springfield SAINT Victor B5 rifle is suitable for sport and defensive use. How would you set up yours?

As anyone who follows us on Gears of Guns will know, I hate the standard small charging handle that companies send out.  I want more real estate on my handle so it is more comfortable to shoot. Springfield Armory did an amazing job putting this rifle together, but I personally don’t like the basic charging handle. I addressed this with a Radian Weapons Raptor ambidextrous charging handle.

Crimson Trace Goodies

After changing the charging handle, everything I added was things you would normally add yourself to a rifle like this — the optic, flashlight, sling. I went with Crimson Trace on this project because they have quality products at a price that isn’t going to break the bank.

Crimson Trace red dot optic on SAINT Victor rifle
A red dot sight like this Crimson Trace optic can improve accuracy and speed up close-range shooting.

The Crimson Trace CTS-25 Red dot is a 3 MOA dot and, for me, is just about right as this SAINT is not my long-range rifle. If I want anything past 200 yards, I will switch to my M1A SOCOM 16 CQB.

Crimson Trace’s CWL-202 is my current favorite rifle light as it is 900 lumens, has a momentary switch and on/off switch, and comes with key-mod, M-Lok, and Picatinny rail mounts in the box.  Honestly, I have three more of these on order that I am hoping will be here next week.

Slings & Things

The Phase 5 Single point sling is similar to the first (unknown brand) sling I ever owned, and I have been hooked on single points ever since. The Saint Victor B5 comes with the QD endplate, which is where I mount all of my slings anyways. I tend to replace the end plates on my rifles so I can run QD single-point slings, so this saved me the time and money from having to switch it out.

Now, you might be wondering why I changed over to the Troy Battlemags instead of the Magpul PMAG that came with the rifle. In my opinion, we need to show support for other brands in the industry and show them as much love as Magpul gets. Magpul makes a great product, but I wanted to try something else out to see.

SAINT Victor B5 charging handle upgrade
Like any accessory, the beauty of a charging handle is in the eye of the beholder. The author swapped out the standard B5 for the Radian Weapons Raptor.

Specs

Chambering5.56/.223
Barrel16”
Weight6 lbs., 12 oz.
Overall Length33.25″-36.75″
SightsFlip-up
StockB5 Systems Enhanced SOPMOD
ActionSemi-auto
FinishBlack
Capacity30 (one magazine)
MSRP$1,150

Overall Thoughts

Springfield did an amazing job building this rifle with B5 Systems gear. From the Type 23 pistol grip to the Enhanced SOPMOD stock, this is a great rifle. I love the weight, the trigger, the M16 BCG for added reliability and durability, and I love that they included back-up iron sights (BUIS). This makes it easy to go from FFL to range without needing to mount an optic; it’s range-ready out of the box.

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Atticus James

Atticus James

Atticus James has been involved in the firearm world for nearly 20 years.  He enjoyed firearms while a member of the Boy Scouts, with his family and friends, and then joined the firearm industry in 2011 by becoming a full-time blogger/YouTuber.  You can find his articles at gearsofguns.com and his videos @gearsofguns on YouTube.

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