Going Retro! Springfield Armory’s SA-16A2 — SHOT Show 2024

Mitchell Graf SHOT Show 2024

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In a nostalgic throwback, Springfield Armory has unveiled their latest creation, the SA-16A2, at SHOT Show 2024. The mysterious SA-16A2, dubbed the “Easter egg gun of the booth,” apparently caused quite a stir.

While not officially existing in the catalog or having a set price, Mike revealed to us that the firearm is a throwback to the ’80s and early ’90s. It presents a “full retro vibe” that caught the attention of many gun aficionados.

Sneak peak of the unreleased Springfield Armory SA-16A2.

Some of the highlights include a burst selector and Springfield Armory “government property” markings on the lower receiver. The firearm boasts external authenticity, featuring correct handguards, front sight, A2 flash suppressor, a fixed-carry handle, along with a bayonet lug.

Despite its classic appearance, internal tweaks have been made to enhance performance, to take advantage of the improvement in AR technology over the years.

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A2 furniture adoring the SA-16A2

Additionally, the SA-16A2 has an adjustable front and rear sight. The rear sight is spring loaded and has a flip up peep, and the barrel features a 1 in 7 twist rate.

“PROPERTY OF US GOVT” stamped on the lower of the SA-16A2

While the MSRP and availability are not yet specified, what do you think the new Springfield Armory SA-16A2 should cost?

Leave a comment below about what price you think this should be selling at. Currently this rifle is not even listed on Springfield’s website, but stay tuned as we will eventually be getting one in hand to do a full review.

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  • Randy Wall February 21, 2024, 10:49 am

    I would like to see a Vietnam era M-16 for sale.

  • Ronald W Smith February 8, 2024, 2:06 pm


  • Mark February 8, 2024, 1:14 pm

    Why would you want your Rifle to have Government property stamped on it F this government my guns are my property.

  • JimmyB February 8, 2024, 10:17 am

    “ Additionally, the SA-16A2 has an adjustable front and rear sight. The front has a 1 in 7 twist rate, and the rear sight is spring loaded and has a flip up peep.” I think you guys had too much fun at SHOT and need some sleep. 😛

  • RW February 8, 2024, 7:45 am

    With any luck these won’t be priced out of sight like Colt did with their retro series guns. Nothing particularly “collectible” about them, just price them right.,…

  • Edwin Slater February 8, 2024, 7:29 am

    I think the SA-16A2 should cost $235.00. That is the price I paid for a new M16A1 in 1976. I purchased it through the Sheriff’s department I was working for at the time.

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