Since they rolled out the original SAINT AR back in 2016, Springfield Armory’s been busy at work extending the line. (See Jeremy’s review of the original SAINT AR here.)
First they added a SAINT AR pistol featuring a SB Tactical brace. Now, the latest line extension announced today are two new short-barrel models, the aptly-named SAINT SBR and the SAINT EDGE SBR. Here’s their press release . . .
GENESEO, IL, April 27, 2018 – Springfield Armory’s SAINT AR-15 series expands to include the all-new SAINT and SAINT EDGE SBR, featuring 11.5” barrels – selected as the best balance between length and ballistic performance of the 5.56 cartridge.
The SAINT SBR with a forged lower receiver, and the SAINT EDGE SBR with a lightened billet lower, provide superior accuracy thanks in part to a free-float handguard featuring Springfield’s rock-solid proprietary attachment system. With four attachment points anchoring it to the barrel nut, this M-Lok compatible handguard was designed to withstand the hard use of law enforcement and military operations. Under the handguard is Springfield’s pinned multi/mode adjustable gas block for suppressed or unsuppressed use.
Adding to the accuracy is a light-weight profiled 11.5” CMV barrel with A2 flash hider on the SAINT EDGE, and a government profiled version on the SAINT. Both are Melonite® finished inside and out for the ultimate in corrosion resistance, with an optimal 1:8 twist.
Each of these short-barreled rifles are machined from aircraft grade 7075 T6 aluminum and are Type III hard coat anodized, and the lower receivers are equipped with the Accu-Tite™ tension system, which reduces movement between the upper and lower receivers. No corners were cut on the MPT (magnetic particle tested) enhanced M16 bolt carrier group – the heart of any premium AR. This BCG is finished with super-hard Melonite® and carries a 9310 steel bolt.
Upgrades on the SAINT EDGE include a billet lower with QD mounts machined into the receiver and weight reducing cuts that lighten it by two ounces. An ambidextrous 90-degree safety and extended mid-sized charging handle add features that are popular among tactical shooters. The trigger is an exclusive proprietary short-reset single stage design, with a crisp and precise feel, while the GI trigger on the SAINT SBR is nickel boron coated for a smooth and grit-free feel.
A Bravo Company stock, pistol grip and Magpul Gen M3 PMAG are right at home on these combat grade short-barreled rifles.
For those looking for light, tight and quick-handling short-barreled rifles with top quality features throughout, the SAINT SBR with traditional forged lower and the upgraded billet-lowered SAINT EDGE SBR are the ultimate hard use combat carbines.