NRA Gun of the Week: Springfield Armory Saint Victor by American Rifleman Staff

It was in 2016 when Springfield Armory came to market with a feature-rich rifle platform based on Stoner’s storied design. That was the Saint, an AR-15-style rifle that meant new boundaries for the company to cross with the passing of time. As Springfield’s new battle rifle gained acceptance throughout the shooting community, additions to the line were made, addressing the needs of an evolving market and increased interest in the company’s new semi-automatic rifle. Springfield’s Saint rifle series epitomizes the company’s desire for ensuring quality and robust features for the everyman, with premium components to unique manufacturing and affordable pricing.

Advancing further, in 2019, Springfield Armory came to market with enhancements to its line of AR-15-style rifles—the Saint Victor series. Lighter and trimmer weighing in at 6.9 lbs., the Victor chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO includes receivers forged from 7075-T6 aluminum and feature the company’s Accu-Tite system. A Melonite-treated 16” barrel is paired with a low-profile, mid-length gas system and capped with a ported and baffled muzzle brake. A 15” handguard, ending with a short section of Picatinny rail on its top, freely floats the gun’s barrel and contains M-LOK slots for accessories. Spring-loaded flip-up sights come standard.

The Saint Victor’s internal operation is completed by a Melonite-treated M16 bolt-carrier group (BCG) and nickel-born-coated single-stage trigger group. A carbine “H” heavy tungsten buffer is included to slow the reciprocating mass of the BCG. Springfield provides a GI-style charging handle and leaned on Bravo Company to provide its Mod 0 buttstock, Mod 3 grip and guard for the receiver’s trigger for certain models in the line-up. “Springfield’s Victory stands out to me as a duty-ready personal defense-style rifle, there’s everything you need and nothing you don’t.”

To learn more, check out our NRA Gun of the Week video above hosted by NRA’s Joe Kurtenbach

Springfield Armory Saint Victor Specifications
MakeSpringfield Armory
Model: Saint Victor
Chambering: 5.56×45 mm NATO (.223 Rem.)
Action Type: direct-gas-impingement, semi-automatic center-fire rifle
Barrel: 16”, chrome-moly Vanadium steel
Receivers: forged 7075-T6 aluminum
Magazine: detachable box; 30-round capacity Magpul PMAG
Sights: adjustable, low-profile collapsable
Trigger: single-stage, nickel-boron coated
Stock: BCMGUNFIGHTER™ Mod 0
Finish: Melonite
Weight: 6 lbs., 9 ozs.
MSRP: $1,073