Introducing the Springfield Armory SAINT Edge AR-15 Pistol – Review

In some situations, having a full-size firearm can be a nuisance- varmint hunting out of your UTV, concealed carry, home defense, etc. Sometimes smaller is better, and the venerable AR-15 platform is no exception to the rule. Springfield Armory is introducing their compact version, the SAINT Edge pistol. This new AR-style pistol is tricked out from the factory with accessories at a price well below its peers.

There are different categories of price points and qualities when it comes to firearms and I see them as follows: budget, standard, and high-end. Every feature that Springfield Armory chose to incorporate into this pistol has quality in mind, putting the new SAINT Edge in my “high-end” category.

Not only is the Springfield Armory SAINT Edge compact, but it is elegant as well.

Before I get into the specs, I want to address one question that some might have: “Why do I need this?” Besides the obvious reason of “it’s awesome and you want it,” AR-15 style rifles are handy for many things from target shooting at the range, competition shooting, hunting, and even home defense. If you shrink this rifle platform down into a more user-friendly, compact size, it suddenly becomes better for home defense specifically. But this also changes the platform enough to open new niches such as use as a truck gun, briefcase-concealed carry, backpack backup gun. The AR-15 platform in the pistol configuration is lightweight, easier to shoot accurately than a conventional handgun, it uses the same ammunition that you more than likely already have stockpiled for your AR-15 rifle and keeps the length manageable if you decide to install a suppressor. I’ll end my reasons here but know that there are many more.

The SAINT Edge can be used for many things effectively because of the shortened length and large amount of firepower that it has to offer.

First Impressions

Upon receiving the new Springfield SAINT Edge pistol, I was immediately impressed by the attention to detail Springfield put into this build. The edges are beveled where needed, weight relieving cuts are strategically placed throughout the gun and there was no slop, or wiggle between any two joined pieces. The trigger is crisp with a short reset and the ergonomics of the firearm are excellent. The SAINT Edge receives 10/10 points on aesthetics and first impression.

No level of detail was withheld when Springfield designed the SAINT. As can be seen, the machined lower isn’t only attractive, but functional due to the beveled mag well, oversized trigger guard and weight-relieving cuts.

Features

The SAINT Edge is packed with features that standard Mil-Spec rifles do not have including: machined billet lower, lower and upper tensioning system, Maxim Defense CQB brace, pinned adjustable gas block, 10.3” lightweight Chrome Moly Vanadium (CMV) barrel, included iron sights, forward hand stop, lightened trigger guard, ambidextrous safety, mid-size charging handle, and a Melonite coated M16 BCG. A couple of these features have other upgrades included in themselves and I want to hit on some of the biggest ones.

First, the lower is not your average Mil-Spec lower that you would buy for a budget build. Made from 7075-T6 billet aluminum, it has a sleek eye-catching design featuring a beveled mag well and many weight reducing cuts throughout. It not only looks good, it feels good too because of the ambidextrous safety, crisp trigger and Springfield Armory’s proprietary Accu-Tite ™ tensioning system which removes all of the play between the upper and lower. The grip is a Bravo Company Mod 3 specifically designed with a lower grip angle for improved trigger control, and an extended forward tang and beavertail which closes the gaps between the lower and grip. It also features a watertight storage space that comes in handy for tax stamps.

Specs

Caliber: 5.56×45 NATO (.223REM)
Magazines: 1 – 30 Round Magpul PMAG Gen M3
Barrel: 10.3” Lightweight Profile CMW W/ 1:8 Twist, Melonite
Front Sight: SA Spring Loaded Flip-Up, ½ MOA Adjustable Elevation
Rear Sight: SA Spring Loaded Low Profile Flip-Up, Dual Aperture, ½ MOA Adjustable Windage
Muzzle Device: A-2 Flash Suppressor
Trigger: SA Match Single Stage with Short Reset
Upper Receiver: Forged Type III Hard Coat Anodized 7075-T6 Aluminum
• Lower Receiver: 7075-T6 Billet with Accu-Tite™ Tension System
Handguard: M-LOK Aluminum SA Free Float W/ SA Locking Tabs & Forward Hand Stop
Gas System: Carbine Length .625, SA Low-Profile Adjustable Gas Block
Recevier Extension: Integral with Maxim System
Bolt Carrier Group (BCG): Enhanced M16, Melonite, HPT/MPI 9310 Steel Bolt
Buffer Assembly: Maxim System
Charging Handle: SA Mid-Size
Forearm Brace: Maxim Defense CQB, Adjustable – 4 Positions
Safety Switch: Ambidextrous
Trigger Guard: Integral to Receiver
Pistol Grip: Bravo Company Mod. 3
Length: Extended 28.5” / Collapsed 24.6”
Weight: 5 lbs. 11.5 oz
MSRP:$1,599

The Trigger

The trigger is worth addressing in its own section because it may be the most important part of the pistol. I tend to upgrade almost all of my firearm’s triggers because I have extremely high standards. Springfield describes the trigger in their SAINT Edge as single-stage, and having zero creep with a short reset. They even go as far as saying that it is like a “competition trigger,” which traditionally have lighter trigger pull than standard AR-15’s. That said, I have to agree with those statements. The SAINT Edge pistol comes standard with a trigger that exceeded my expectations and I would not change. The trigger pull on my particular gun came in at 3.5 lbs. And yes, it has zero creep and a positive short-reset that allows for faster follow-up shots.

Have I mentioned how short and light the SAINT Edge is? I believe so, but it’s worth re-emphasizing here.

Accuracy

The SAINT Edge pistol comes standard with Springfield Armory iron sights that, sadly, I was not able to test as they were left off the gun sent to me. Such are the perks of getting a pre-released gun. Instead, I used a Leupold LCO red dot sight because of its light-weight and small profile. I started accuracy testing at 50 yards and was very impressed. Moving the target back to 100 yards was a bit more challenging. Keep in mind, I am shooting with a red dot optic and have to deal with a small amount of parallax error which is inherent of the optic design. Even with this accuracy robbing phenomenon, I was able to get consistent groups that measured around 2.5 MOA or 2.5” groups at 100 yards with some 5.56x45mm NATO hand loads. More than acceptable for a pistol.

Accuracy from the SAINT Edge was measured to be 2.4” from a 10 shot group at 100 yards using spare hand loads I had available. 2.4” at 100 yards with a PISTOL and a red dot!

Final thoughts

At the end of my testing, I am thoroughly impressed with the Springfield Armory SAINT Edge pistol. Out of the hundreds of rounds that I fired, I had zero failures. The gun is a pure pleasure to shoot and has minimal recoil because of the ability to tune the adjustable gas block. On top of it all, this gun definitely has a “wow factor” that you would expect to see on $2,000+ AR builds in looks alone. The MSRP on this gun is set at $1,599 but can be found in stores for around $1,200. My final thoughts on the SAINT Edge come down to one question that I ask myself- “If someone wanted a gun like this, would I recommend it?” The answer to that question is a big, “Yes.”

Fits conveniently in a full-size pickup with room to spare.

Visit Springfield Armory to learn more about the SAINT Edge pistol by clicking HERE.

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About the author: Riley Baxter is an avid and experienced hunter, shooter, outdoorsman, and he’s worked in the backcountry guiding for an outfitter. He also get’s a lot of enjoyment out of building or customizing his firearms and equipment. Check out Riley’s Instagram @Shooter300

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Grady Barton November 25, 2018, 6:26 pm

    John grow a pair

  • Michael November 25, 2018, 11:54 am

    While I can see the attraction of a really shortened version of an AR15 rifle, the specs as listed in this article show the “extendeded length” of this “pistol” as 28.5 inches. That prompted me to go to my gun room and measure some of my ARs. Collapsed (and in a “shootable from the shoulder” and legal configuration no matter which aphabet soup “govern”ment agency is peeking at me!) these “rifles” measure 34.5 inches. So it seems one is paying a premium price for a “pistol” that is only six inches shorter than a comparable “rifle” that, when the stock is fully extended, should be substantially more accurate out past 100 meters. Frankly, I don’t get the attraction (other than not wanting to pay the $200 tax stamp fee and enduring the 8-12 month wait for “govern”ment employees to slow walk your SBR paperwork through the federal gauntlet). I’ll take the SBR route.

    • Tim December 13, 2018, 7:04 pm

      Apples to apples: collapsed pistol 24.6″, collapsed rifle 34.5″.

  • Bob November 19, 2018, 2:07 pm

    Anyone know who makes the arm brace stock with the rods shown in the photos? I’ve seen the Saint with a different type of brace elsewhere, without the side rods.

    • Austin Van Gilder November 19, 2018, 2:53 pm

      It’s the Maxim Defense CQB

      • Bob December 4, 2018, 2:10 pm

        Thanks! The SB Tactical PDW appears similar but you are correct. The good stuff ain’t cheap.

  • Deadmeat99 November 19, 2018, 1:22 pm

    The Fudds hyperventilating about shouldering a pistol are why we are slowly losing gun rights. Grow a pair and stand up for your civil rights instead of cowering like whipped dogs.

  • Stuart November 19, 2018, 10:18 am

    Author did nothing wrong in shouldering the pistol. A March 21, 2017 ATF letter makes the following clear:

    if an unmolested SB Tactical stabilizing brace is attached to the buffer tube of an AR-15 pistol, the resulting firearm can be legally shouldered and fired without “making” it a short-barreled rifle under the National Firearm Act. However as soon as you do anything to change the brace (even just removing the strap) you have now “made” an SBR.

  • Eric November 19, 2018, 10:13 am

    I agree. At $1500, in today’s market, it will be a hard sale. Also I noticed that in the second photo, it seems that you are resting your cheek on the cheek rest. However, without zooming in and knowing any better, it looks as if you are shouldering the pistol. That is a big no no with ATF. That is the fine line where a gung ho officer would say you are using it as a rifle. Which then makes it a SBR and a permit is needed.

  • Fellow gun writer November 19, 2018, 10:09 am

    John, The ATF in its current opinion holds that a pistol with a brace, when shouldered, is not an SBR. Yes, they may change that opinion again, But until they do, it is legal to do so. As far as the Dems go, they are going to hate us regardless of what we do, so there’s no point in trying to be “good boys” and not annoy them.

    • Mahatma Muhjesbude November 20, 2018, 4:53 pm

      They’ll change their opinion back again to prohibiting everything in 2020 when Bedo, the JFK clone, becomes Prez. because we’ll let them.

      And why would anyone pay over 1600. anymore for a short PDW/AR pistol that can’t even approach MOA at a hundred yards? You could build yourself a decent equal to this that gets MOA for half that price! You just won’t get the Artwork on the receiver.

  • John November 19, 2018, 6:41 am

    Did you really shoulder that pistol? I didn’t read the part where you purchased an sbr stamp. Thanks for making us all look bad. Did you read the previous post “House Dems Move to Ban AR Parts Kits”? Enjoy prison.

    • M November 19, 2018, 9:00 am

      Good grief, lol. Perhaps you should get out more.

    • Robert November 19, 2018, 9:19 am

      John, you should really take the time and make the effort to be better informed before making such strong accusations. ATF has officially ruled that no SBR stamp is required to shoulder this pistol.

      • MV November 19, 2018, 4:21 pm

        All the BATF has said is that “Incidental, sporadic, or situational ‘use’ of an arm-brace…” is not enough to constitute a redesign of the brace and make it an NFA firearm. In the same letter later on they say “An item that functions as a stock if attached to a handgun in a manner that serves the objective purpose of allowing the firearm to be fired from the shoulder may result in ‘making’ a short barreled rifle…”
        This was from correspondence between SB Tactical’s lawyer and the BATF, not from an official BATF letter.

        So, incidental use is not a big deal, but intentionally installing and using an arm-brace as a stock has definitely not been approved.

    • WESLEY November 19, 2018, 9:22 am

      I guess you have not read ATF’s new letter that you can shoulder a AR 15 pistol. Go to the manufacturers web sites who produce these pistol braces. You will find that letter posted.

  • THOMAS MCNALLY November 19, 2018, 6:30 am

    Very early,,,headed out to hunt…..Price? Very good article…..the “little brother” to my Saints…….

    Thanks!

  • Dean November 19, 2018, 5:35 am

    Even with that excellent review…..1500 AR’s are NOT going to sell……not in today’s market…

    • Brad November 26, 2018, 6:44 am

      They are selling. At my range, the one they received was gone in about an hour. Can’t find them anywhere, even online has been a challenge.

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