SAINT Victor B5 on the Combat Rifle Course

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SAINT Victor B5 on the Combat Rifle Course

September 11th, 2020

5:00 runtime

How often do you challenge yourself to learn something new — or even admit that you might benefit from learning something new?

The muzzle brake on the SAINT Victor B5 is not just for looks — it also helps keep the bugs away on a hot summer day!

I’m lucky to have a highly qualified trainer near me, so signing up for a class in Combat Rifle with Delaware Tactical was easy. I committed myself to going to the class with an open mind and doing exactly as instructed.

The hard part I found, was thinking about what gun I’d like to use. The AR platform was decided upon for reasons that probably seem obvious — it’s America’s Rifle. I decided that trying out Springfield Armory’s new SAINT Victor B5 would be ideal for my needs. Check out my video review of the SAINT at the training course above, and continue reading the article below.

The SAINT Victor B5 in 5.56: everything you need in one bag, and the bag is included!

The Details

The rifle comes equipped with good quality flip-up sights, a full-length free-floating handguard with M-Lok compatibility, Picatinny rail over the upper receiver for optics mounting, and one of the best triggers I’ve ever felt on a mass-production rifle.

With standard equipment like quality flip-up sights and an excellent muzzle brake, the SAINT Victor performs well beyond its price point.

The new B5 version of the rifle includes the B5 Systems Type 23 P-Grip pistol grip, Enhanced SOPMOD stock and polymer trigger guard, and I was interested in practical evaluation of that furniture.

Be a good student — wait for instruction, and do as directed!

Last, but certainly not least, the SAINT Victor is at a price point that puts it in just about everyone’s reach. This particular variant has an MSRP of $1,073.

Hands On

So, I packed up my gear, along with the SAINT Victor B5, and headed out to Delaware Tactical for the Combat Rifle class. After doing some requisite classroom time, the practical learning starts with lots of dry fire reps to build some fundamentals and ensure everyone was familiar with the controls of their respective rifles. With the SAINT Victor of course, everything is right where you expect it to be on an AR-style firearm.

The B5 furniture and slim handguard of the SAINT Victor B5 provide good all-day comfort.

The new B5 furniture option worked out well, too. The Enhanced SOPMOD stock is very comfortable, with a nicely shaped wide cheek rest. The Type 23 P-Grip pistol grip has as much texture as you could want to ensure a non-slip grip, and its angle is well-suited for a long period of use, keeping your wrist in a more natural position — very similar to the classic grip angle of the 1911.

The two elements I appreciated the most on the B5 furniture were the narrow diameter free-floating handguard that is comfortable to hold all day, and the amazing nickel-boron coated flat trigger that may be the best standard production rifle trigger out there.

The light weight of less than 7 lbs. is greatly appreciated when doing manipulation drills.

Conclusion

I encourage everyone to seek training, whether you’re a brand-new rifle owner or just need a refresher to sharpen some skills. A training class will not only give you your range fix, but you’ll come out a more skilled shooter! In my neck of the woods, I highly recommend Delaware Tactical. And I can’t think of a better tool for the job than the Springfield Armory SAINT Victor B5.

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Justin Opinion

Justin Opinion

“Justin Opinion” is a lifelong firearms enthusiast and shooter. The son of a master gunsmith, he makes no claims to such skills but has a deep appreciation for the skillful work of the men and women who design and build great guns. A certified instructor and range safety officer who enjoys the shooting sports, he uses his experiences and those of his friends to apply a real-world perspective to reviews. The Justin Opinion Channel can be found on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and his reviews can also be found at GunsAmerica and American Handgunner.

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