Springfield Armory has just released a new AR: Saint Victor. Several details come together in Saint Victor to make it a respectable addition to the world of ARs. It’s got some design updates as well as quality components and finishing.
Accurate shooters prefer to hold their rifles very far forward with a thumb over the top of the handguard and this is made easier on the Victor because it lacks a Picatinny rail along the whole guard (See the top photo). The smooth top is easier on the hands and reduces weight. M-lock slots along the whole rail allow for accessories.
The backup iron sights fold flat when not in use and they pop up with the push of a button so there’s no fumbling if your primary optic fails. The proprietary muzzle brake has two ports, which proved very effective when we shot it at the range
The 16” 1:8 twist medium-weight barrel has a hard nitride finish on the inside. This finish extends barrel life and ease of cleaning considerably, but it takes a little breaking in. The reps we spoke with expected to see some variance for the first 100 rounds, but you should be able to sight in reliably after that and enjoy a very stable barrel for a long time.
The trigger assembly also got a lot of attention. All the parts are Nickel Boron coated, which makes the movement very smooth with no grit and the action gets smoother with use. The flat blade trigger feels very crisp and it feels lighter for most shooters because you can press at the bottom of the trigger which means you’re using a longer lever to do the work, and that’s easier.
The M16 bolt carrier is also nitride coated, and the extra-heavy tungsten buffer slows and softens the whole system for very manageable recoil and comfortable timing. Bravo company grip, trigger guard and extendable stock round out the whole package. At 6 pounds 9 ounces the gun is lighter than you’d expect and shoots nicely. It’s 35.5″ fully extended and 32.25″ collapsed.
Full MSRP is $1,070, and it’ll be available late in the first quarter of 2019. Get more info at the Saint Victor site and watch for it at retailers this Spring.