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“Renowned AR-15 performance without ‘assault rifle’ registration.” That’s how Springfield’s presser (below) proclaims their California-compliant SAINT. You might say Springfield’s ability to satisfy the Golden State’s unconstitutional limits on gun ownership is only matched by the gunmaker’s [supposedly inadvertent] ability to throw Illinois gun dealers under the bus, but I couldn’t possibly comment.


Springfield Armory® Announces Another California-Compliant SAINT™

Renowned AR-15 performance without “assault rifle” registration

GENESEO, IL, September 11, 2017 – The acclaimed Springfield Armory® SAINT™ with free float handguard is now available in a fully California-compliant version.

Factory-equipped with state-approved stock, 10-round magazine, and muzzle brake, the new California-edition SAINT delivers the performance, reliability and value every SAINT is known for – yet does not require registration as an “assault rifle” and does not demand questionable aftermarket modifications.

The California model of the SAINT featuring a free float handguard is a “featureless” firearm, with no components that might call compliance into question.

Instead of the standard SAINT six-position buttstock and Bravo Company Mod 3 pistol grip, the California SAINT has a rigid Survivor System Option Zero stock and Tango Down BG 16 grip. The stock feels and fits like a sporting rifle, and the angled “back paddle” grip keeps the thumb on one side of the firearm — a shooting position that’s easily adopted, accurate, and state compliant.

A 10-round MAGPUL PMAG Gen M3 magazine replaces the standard 30-round version. Instead of a typical AR-15 flash hider, the California SAINT sports a proprietary Springfield Armory muzzle brake that dampens barrel jump and meets state specs.

“This is not a stripped-down SAINT, or a band-aid fix”, says Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese. “The California SAINT is a ground-up, factory-engineered response to some of the tightest regulations in the country. It gives California shooters an AR-15 they know is compliant, and know they can count on. This SAINT is a solution –– not a sacrifice.”

Nor will SAINT shooters sacrifice comfort or flexibility. Add-on butt pads let operators easily fit stock length to their liking. The stock holds a second mag, keeping fresh rounds close at hand. The textured grip provides a secure hold that quickly feels natural. An ambidextrous safety lever sits just below the thumb, providing both peace of mind and shooter’s thumb rest.

Aside from state-approved stock, magazine and muzzle brake, this California SAINT AR-15 is identical to the 49-state version, well equipped and ready to shoot out of the box.

The patent-pending free float handguard system with pinned low-profile gas block allows the operator to grip the full length of the handguard without impediment. The hard-anodized aluminum handguard design is optics-ready and accepts M-Lok accessories for easy, almost unlimited customization. The SAINT’s rock-solid pinned gas block is superior to wobbly set-screw alternatives.

Elevation-adjustable, flip-up front sight, and dual aperture flip-up rear sight can be folded down or utilized to co-witness with optics. Bravo Company trigger guard surrounds the enhanced nickel-boron coated, single-stage GI trigger resulting in an incredibly crisp, grit-free break from first squeeze to last shot.

Upper and lower receivers are forged type III hard-anodized aircraft-grade 7075 T6 aluminum, equipped with Springfield’s Accu-Tite™ tension system that locks receiver into a solid unit that feels, handles and shoots seamlessly. The M16 bolt carrier group is precision-machined, the bolt made from Carpenter 158 steel, shot peened and magnetic-particle inspected for extreme durability.

The 16-inch barrel is premium chrome moly vanadium steel with a 1:8 right-hand twist, chambered for 5.56 NATO (.223) to stabilize a wide range of ammunition types. Chamber, bore and exterior are all Melonite® treated, for second-to-none durability in the field.

World-class design, engineering and components make the new SAINT AR-15 a worthy ally in any encounter. But the real advantage is how it feels –plinking, practicing, competing or defending. At 7 pounds, 4 ounces unloaded, the new SAINT is nimble and well balanced.  And with an MSRP of just $1135, the newest SAINT delivers premium performance at an incredible value.

“California shooters deserve a premium firearm that meets every challenge they face”, says Springfield Armory’s Reese. “With the California SAINT, we’re proud to offer them exactly that.”

For more information about the new California-compliant SAINT with free float handguard, please visit

About Springfield Armory®

Founded in 1974, Springfield Armory Inc. is located in Geneseo, Illinois. Its iconic brand remains unmatched in quality, precision engineering, manufacturing and unparalleled customer service in the firearms industry. The USA facility in Geneseo engineers, manufactures and assembles the legendary M1A™, 1911 and SAINT® AR-15 line of firearms. Since 2001, Springfield Armory has enjoyed a strategic, collaborative partnership with the state-of the-art factory in Croatia working hand in hand in the development and engineering of the multiple award-winning line of XD® polymer pistols that have become staples in the US marketplace. For over 40 years Springfield Armory has been committed to providing customers with trusted and reliable defensive products and a time-honored dedication to customer service excellence.


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    • Not a problem. Springfield has extensive experience bribing politicians to get exempted from gun-control laws.

    • Despite the FACT springfield is DEAD to me. The rat bastards that have rule in commie kalifornia will surly go after ALL the workarounds, some ingenious AMERICANS have come up with. Just wait till the slime bag Newsom is crowned the new overlord. We ain’t seen nothing yet.

  1. To the Author: Are you saying that PoG in CA shouldn’t have access to compliant to illegal laws for now? That gun makers should not make weapons that gives access to guns? I understand that SA did give startup funds to the lobby group that pushed for this carve-out, but, no one has ever produce (not that I have yet to see) where they have knowingly agreed to carve-out or where they have donated recently to lobby group. Until such evidence arises, I will continue to buy SA. If such evidence does exist, then I will change my thoughts on buying their products. So please lets stop throwing PoG, manufacturers, and such “under the bus” without real evidence. On TTAG itself I have seen very little to show that there is any real evidence but lots of speculation.

  2. I question “state approved” – CA-DOJ really does not ‘approve’ anything; at best they bend to conform to court decisions.

    That said, looks like a properly ‘featureless’ configuration.

  3. Figures that SA would be proud to launch a line of compliant spec guns to meet an extremely unconstitutional state statute. How about SA try to rejuvenate their name by funding and campaigning for some solid pro 2A candidates? That would go a long way in my book.

    • It would be a mistake to ignore a market with 40 million potential customers (8 million of whom are already gun owners). This has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with capitalism.

  4. Springfield, No. The gun shouldn’t be called the saint, it should be called the devil – cause springfield and its guns can go burn in hell.

  5. As an unfortunate subject of the Democratic People’s Republic of Californistan, I do appreciate Springfield Armory’s efforts to sell me semiautomatic rifles here. But no matter what their presser says, these featureless configurations are abominations. I can deal with the fixed stock and the muzzle brake, but that grip panel absolutely destroys the functionality and aesthetics of the AR platform.

  6. I used to complain about a “featureless” rifle, until I met a man who could have no rifle at all, and we both went off with my rifle to find the MF inventors of our discontent.

    • Yes, I suppose it’s ugly, but uglier than Hillary? I’m guessing you never seen her up close, I mean anything less than 500 yards.

  7. Why would anyone want something like this? It kind of defeats the purpose of an AR-15 in my opinion. You might as well just buy a ruger mini and call it a day. It would be a lot easier to load from a fixed magazine too. or go with just about any other traditionally stocked semi auto rifle considering you cant get more than 10 rounds in a mag anyway.

  8. At risk of being incinerated, I wonder how many of these Never-Springfielders voted for The Donald? So many on this site seem determined to never forget the heresy of the Never-Trumpers…

    The way I saw the news play out, Springfield committed a horrific betrayal against Illinois gun owners and, when called on it, tried to repent and took substantial efforts to get the bill killed.

    The Donald endorsed the assault weapons ban(!) before he decided he was against it. He endorsed government-run health care. He suggested permanently doing away with the debt ceiling. He declared he was absolutely pro-choice, then he was anti-abortion, then he was for imprisoning women who got an abortion, then he wasn’t. He said Mexico is going to pay for a wall, but now he’s having the American taxpayer pay for it. He was going to end DACA immediately, then he gave it six months so the legislature could legalize it(!), then he told the Dreamers not to worry, nothing was going to happen to them. He put Jeff Sessions in as Attorney General, who’s been incredibly effective and probably the Cabinet member who’s done more to promote the Trump agenda than any other, then he tried his damnedest to get Sessions to quit. Trump vowed to end the Iranian nuclear deal on day one; then once in office, he recertified it.

    So I guess I’m asking — if the litmus test is “one wrong move and you’re burned forever” like it appears to be for Springfield, then how come Trump gets a free pass? And if it’s “one wrong move and you’re burned forever”, why do people still support S&W and Ruger? Is it just a case of time healing all wounds?

    • I can’t speak to the Trump stuff, because I never trusted him to keep his promises in the first place, but I think most of the folks who have forgiven S&W and Ruger have done so because the management of both companies has changed since those bad decisions were made. Both companies were punished pretty severely in the marketplace for some time, and I think many people feel as though they’ve made amends. Springfield is just at the beginning of that process, and nothing has really changed at the management level, so it remains to be seen if they’re just engaging in a little temporary ass-covering, or if they’ve really committed themselves to supporting the RKBA.

  9. Lol at you butthurt cry babies. They apologized. Get over it. They make excellent firearms and are trying to grant access to people denied in California.

  10. So this “not really an AR 15” has only a 10 round magazine, but wait! There’s room for an additional 10 rounder in the butt stock. I’m sure that buyers of this Piece of shi, oops, I mean fine rifle, will manage somehow to find a place to store another 10 rounder. So now were up to 30. How long does it take to change out an AR 15 mag? Did they miss something here?

  11. This is just another indication that Liberals are morons. They make a big deal about features like adjustable stocks, flash suppressors, pistol grips and grenade launcher slots on the barrel, while none of those things has any impact whatsoever on the weapons ballistic characteristics. But because they are scary and it makes Liberals look like they are doing something, they latch onto them. Liberals are fools who accomplish nothing except putting their primary constituents (street thugs and multi-generational welfare recipients) in a position where they are better armed than honest citizens (who they despise . . . or deplore) because slime do not obey gun laws anyway. I pray daily for the earthquake that will drop California into the sea.

  12. Never knew the true meaning of the word “relief” until the day I was able to pack up and leave the failed state of Kalifornia for good. Even country that beautiful looks better in the rear view mirror when it’s infested with morons.

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