Springfield Armory SAINT Pistol
June 21st, 2020
3 minute read
The standard “base” model of the rifle and pistol series, the SAINT Pistol was “designed to offer shooters the quality and performance they expect … at an even more affordable introductory price point.”
We’ve seen AR pistols with price tags up into four figures, so this SAINT entry got our attention. “Affordable” may be a relative term, but to someone just breaking into this part of the shooting realm, it is an important term.
At its core, the SAINT Pistol is built on a forged 7075 T6 upper and lower receiver, both Type III hardcoat anodized, and houses an M16 bolt carrier group with an MPI Carpenter 158 steel bolt. The upper receiver features a forward assist, GI-style charging handle and M4 feed ramp, while the lower receiver has an Accu-Tite tension system.
The SAINT Pistol is fitted with a 9.6″ chrome moly vanadium barrel fully coated with Melonite for corrosion resistance and durability. The barrel is tipped with an A2 flash hider. All of this is fitted within a BCMGunfighter PMCR two-piece handguard with M-LOK-compatible attachment points featuring heat shields and a built-in hand stop for safety and comfort.
Thanks to a Picatinny rail, the flat-top upper receiver is optics ready for your favorite reflex or LPV scope. Forward of the handguard is a pinned steel gas block, also with a Picatinny rail for mounting a front sight.
Controls, including a 90-degree safety switch and traditional bolt release and magazine release, are right where they should be — on the left side of the lower receiver and within easy reach with the BCMGunfighter Mod 3 pistol grip. The textured pistol grip offers shooters superb handling, even in wet weather. The trigger is enhanced with a nickel boron coating.
In the rear, Springfield went with the adjustable blade-style design of the Trinity Force Breach 1.0 pistol brace for improved stability and snag-free shooting. The pistol makes use of a carbine “H” heavy tungsten buffer.
With an overall length of 25.8″ to 28.3″ depending upon the positioning of the brace, the SAINT Pistol hits the scale at a manageable 5.5 lbs. And thanks to the short OAL, this thing can be easily carried and stored in the back of an SUV or behind the seat of a pickup. It might also be a good choice for the backpacker interested in having a firearm on- or off-trail.
Coming full circle to its affordability — the Springfield SAINT Pistol carries an MSRP of $849, which leaves enough in your wallet for optics, accessories and ammo.
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Dave Workman and shared with us by GUNS magazine. You can see the original article here.
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