Springfield’s Upgrading Saint to Flagship Status with New Edge Carbine

The Edge is a step up from your basic AR-15 and comes with everything you need to take it to the range. (Photo: S.A.)

Springfield Armory is updating their Saint series with a high-end modular rifle for hunting, self-defense and sport. The new gun is called the Edge and it promises to be a standout in a crowded AR marketplace.

Springfield is also giving away an Edge rifle to one lucky winner to celebrate its launch.  Make sure you sign up if you haven’t already.

Building an AR is fun, but also intimidating for a lot of would-be shooters. The new Saint is designed to cater to people looking for a rifle a step up from a vanilla AR that also includes everything you need to get shooting.

The Edge is chambered for .223 Remington/5.56 NATO with a sleek and lightweight design. Even with its full-auto bolt carrier group, heavy buffer and extended handguard, the Edge weighs just 6 pounds unloaded.

Springfield took their time developing the Edge and used forward-leaning components to build a very modern carbine. To be clear, the Edge isn’t just an AR with a light handguard.

The Edge even comes with a good hard case. (Photo: S.A.)

The Edge pairs a standard forged upper receiver for durability with a skeletonized billet lower receiver which saves weight and packs in features. In addition to sporting a short-throw ambidextrous safety selector, the receiver has dual integral quick-detach sling points and an enlarged, enhanced magwell. The magwell is also textured to use as a foregrip and sweeps into the lower’s oversized trigger guard.

Both receivers are constructed from 7075 T6 alloy aluminum with a standard Type III anodized finish. The steel components have a Melonite nitride finish including the fire control group, bolt carrier group and barrel.

The Edge has a standard 16-inch barrel with a mid-length gas system. This helps improve reliability by reducing the amount of gas pressure used to cycle the action. And to make sure that the Edge runs great in any conditions, the rifle has an adjustable, pinned low-profile gas block.

See Also: Springfield’s Newest Saint is a Compact and Light Pistol

The Edge has a free-floating full-length handguard with a 12-o’clock Picatinny rail and M-LOK slots for add-ons. The handguard features locking tabs to prevent rotation without torquing down on the barrel assembly. This helps preserve accuracy even as the barrel heats and expands.

In addition to the custom handguard, Springfield designed their own enlarged charging handle, adjustable low-profile folding backup sights and large, squared-off muzzle device. The fire control group is also an in-house design. Every Edge has a match-grade, short-reset, single-stage trigger.

Springfield isn’t above tapping outside manufacturers for components. Other accessories include a Bravo Company Mod 3 pistol grip, Mod 0 SOPMOD stock and a 30-round Magpul Gen M3 PMag where available.

Considering that the rifle carries a $1,299 MSRP Springfield priced the Edge smartly. Real-world prices should be much closer to $1,000 which is solid for a gun like this that’s good to go, right out of the box.

Shop for Springfield’s new Saint rifles on GunsAmerica.

About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • ray February 3, 2020, 7:44 am

    Andrew, I just built an AR for $400. I bought every single piece to build it, which totalled right at $400.

    It woudl be great if you shared how you were able to buy part needed for $300.
    Thanks much.

  • John Amos October 9, 2018, 11:02 am

    Why do you refer to this weapon as a “pistol”?

  • larry brown May 17, 2018, 9:41 am


  • Andrew Reagan November 17, 2017, 10:27 pm

    Its all marketing hype. I have built several AR’s for about $300 bucks each. Do a little trigger work and I can shoot with anyone. Train and practice. Its not the gun its the person that operates it. I am not in the jungle of Vietnam or the mountains of Afghanistan. I am at a range or in the woods shooting a pig that doesnt shoot back. Dont buy the hype!

  • DrThunder88 November 17, 2017, 3:54 am

    Soon to be the Springfield Armory Axis…

  • akjc77 November 17, 2017, 2:58 am

    How about the barrel profile? It dont look like a light is it medium or Hbar etc? I know medium and even light will well serve us range soldiers but I just quit buying anything but full hbar barrels if one is ever gonna fail its always at the m4 cut under the handguards most usually and The accuracy is a bit better. Maybe Springfield will offer a good Hbar next.

    • Kyle November 17, 2017, 8:24 pm

      Springfield website lists it as 16″ 1:8 Twist, LT WT Profile, CMV Melonite® Finish Internally & Externally – Unique SA Multiport Muzzle Brake.

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