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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.

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  1. Built a better rifle for cheaper. Several times now. So that’s a hard pass.

    I went to a Saint Demo party thing at a local gun range. It was okay. Politics aside, I don’t think it was worth the price tag, but not terrible.

  2. This rifle is probably the finest rifle ever made in the history of rifles.

    It shoots .000 MOA, with bullets always flying into the same hole.

    The workmanship is superb and reminds me of the fine artistry of a Faberge egg. It’s that well made.

    The trigger is first rate. It’s so light and crisp, you’ll think you aren’t even pulling the trigger.


      • Careful, repetitive thoughts could be construed by the ATF as redesigning your brain as a machine gun, depending on if it is firing one shot in a single function of the brain or the thought of a single pull. Muddled thoughts…

  3. Ooooh, swing and a miss. Thanks for trying Springfield. But I for one don’t intend to forget. My dollars go to companies that don’t screw POG over.

  4. I just got both the pistol and the regular, testing it out tomorrow. I already own two of their regular pistols the XDS and the XD mod 2 both in 45 cal. Never had any issues from any of them. Love the springfield name and im sure that ill love the ARs as well.

    Aero Precision

    • My XD40 has now over 12,000 rds thru it. Bought in 1997. No complaints not one single failure or replacement part. Will keep it. But will never buy another. Just bought the Ruger Security 9 in Jan. Own a 9 Shield. Looking at a RIA 1911 but don’t give SA a first look anymore.

  5. Being on a fixed income, the price point for the Saint AR line is out of reach. I found a very nice commercial build from Windom Weaponry that is 100% US made in Maine. For a $500 AR it’s nice & shoots well. No bells and whistles just a nicely appointed flat top AR.

  6. Maybe I can buy another Springfield in 10-12 years, if they survive . I am finally buying Ruger and S&W again. I used to love SA. I owned 3.

    I believe that SA and RRA really did try to screw the other mom and pop FFLs to save themselves. Hey, SA and RRA, if your business stays down, the Illinois legislature will bail you out. Hahahahahahahahahaha.
    Good luck with that vote…..

    Fortunately, 10,000 other vendors sell MSRs as well.

  7. Regardless of the politics I feel that I would prefer to go the pistol–>SBR route so that while I’m waiting for the BATFE approval I can do some tuning, upgrades and figure out how I want the thing configured.

    That way when I get my approval paperwork I can have the thing running pretty much the way I want in a couple hours and have the price of my accessories spread out rather than in a “pile”.

  8. I was interested in purchasing the pistol, but they are always out of stock at my price point. I even went so far as to order one from kygunco last year, but they cancelled my order. Not real happy with SA, but I haven’t absolutely decided to NOT give them my business.

    Not sure I understand why someone would buy a factory SBR on the ar platform. Before I spent $200 on a tax stamp, I’m going to make damn sure the weapon has no issues through a 16”. I can always add the SBR upper later.

  9. To each their own seems appropriate. I shot National Match Course type competition, long range too, for years and years, 30-06 and later on .308 Winchester/7.62MM NATO. Have had very limited experience with the M-16/AR-15 type rifle. That said, and once again, to each their own, are the potential legal/bureaucratic problems involved in acquireing a SBR worth it, or am I raising a question that doesn’t exist?


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