In 2016 Springfield Armory entered the SAINT rifle, an AR-15-type design. Now it's the turn of the SAINT AR-15 pistol. This new weapon has the same features and functionality of the rifle, including the caliber it's chambered in - 5.56x45mm NATO (.223Rem). As Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese claims, “The new SAINT pistol delivers high precision and proven AR-15 capability in handgun form.” The main visual difference is that the SAINT Pistol has no buttstock. In its place, it’s equipped with a SB Tactical SBX-K forearm brace to reduce size. This brace should also stabilize recoil and enhance accuracy in one or two-hand shooting. As for the technical features, the SAINT Pistol has a 7.5-inch 416R stainless steel barrel with a 1:7 twist, upper and lower receiver made of forged type III hard coat anodized 7075 T6 aluminum. The barrel is also Melonite treated, a treatment that the Manufacturer claims to be “harder than chrome”.
Springfield Armory SAINT AR-15 Pistol, a CQB-style platform
With an overall length of just 26.5 in (673 mm), the SAINT AR-15 Pistol is a handy and versatile weapon well suited for CQB, or Close Quarters Battle scenarios. The gas-operated action is based on a direct impingement system – like Stoner’s original AR-10 and then AR-15 actions – i.e. without a piston. The pistol grip is a Bravo Company Mod 3, while the free-floating aluminum handguards are produced by M-LOK and complete with a forward hand stop. The charging handle is a familiar GI Style, and the bolt carrier group is described as “Enhanced M16”, Magnetic Particle Tested” with a Melonite finish. The muzzle sports an interesting blast diverter whose function is not only to divert sound, but also concussion and debris towards the target and away from the shooter. Sights are not included.
The SAINT AR-15 Pistol shipped with a 30-round Magpul PMag Gen 3 magazine will have a price of 989 USD (around 815 euro, excl. tax).
Springfield Armory SAINT AR-15 Pistol: technical data
|Manufacturer:||Springfield Armory |
|Model:||SAINT AR-15 Pistol|
|Barrel length: |
7.5 in / 190 mm
|Overall length:||26.5 in / 673 mm|
|Weight:||5 lb 8 oz / 2.5 kg|
|Magazine capacity: ||30 rounds|
|Price (suggested):||989 USD / 815 euro|