Monday, September 11, 2017

Springfield Armory Announces Another California-Compliant SAINT

Renowned AR-15 performance without "assault rifle" registration

GENESEO, IL, September 11, 2017 – The acclaimed Springfield Armory® SAINT™ with free float handguard is now available in a fully California-compliant version.

Factory-equipped with state-approved stock, 10-round magazine and muzzle brake, the new California-edition SAINT delivers the performance, reliability and value every SAINT is known for – yet does not require registration as an "assault rifle" and does not demand questionable aftermarket modifications.

The California model of the SAINT featuring a free float handguard is a "featureless" firearm, with no components that might call compliance into question.

Instead of the standard SAINT six-position buttstock and Bravo Company Mod 3 pistol grip, the California SAINT has a rigid Survivor System Option Zero stock and Tango Down BG 16 grip. The stock feels and fits like a sporting rifle, and the angled "back paddle" grip keeps the thumb on one side of the firearm – a shooting position that's easily adopted, accurate and state-compliant.

A 10-round MAGPUL PMAG Gen M3 magazine replaces the standard 30-round version. Instead of a typical AR-15 flash hider, the California SAINT sports a proprietary Springfield Armory muzzle brake that dampens barrel jump and meets state specs.

"This is not a stripped-down SAINT or a band-aid fix," Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese said. "The California SAINT is a ground-up, factory-engineered response to some of the tightest regulations in the country. It gives California shooters an AR-15 they know is compliant and know they can count on. This SAINT is a solution – not a sacrifice."

Nor will SAINT shooters sacrifice comfort or flexibility. Add-on buttpads let operators easily fit stock length to their liking. The stock holds a second mag, keeping fresh rounds close at hand. The textured grip provides a secure hold that quickly feels natural. An ambidextrous safety lever sits just below the thumb, providing both peace of mind and shooter's thumb rest.

Aside from state-approved stock, magazine and muzzle brake, this California SAINT AR-15 is identical to the 49-state version, well equipped and ready to shoot out of the box.

The patent-pending free float handguard system with pinned low-profile gas block allows the operator to grip the full length of the handguard without impediment. The hard-anodized aluminum handguard design is optics-ready and accepts M-Lok accessories for easy, almost unlimited customization. The SAINT's rock-solid pinned gas block is superior to wobbly set-screw alternatives.

Elevation-adjustable, flip-up front sight and dual-aperture flip-up rear sight can be folded down or utilized to co-witness with optics. Bravo Company trigger guard surrounds the enhanced nickel-boron coated, single-stage GI trigger, resulting in an incredibly crisp, grit-free break from first squeeze to last shot.

Upper and lower receivers are forged type III hard-anodized aircraft-grade 7075 T6 aluminum, equipped with Springfield's Accu-Tite™ tension system that locks receiver into a solid unit that feels, handles and shoots seamlessly. The M16 bolt carrier group is precision-machined, the bolt made from Carpenter 158 steel, shot peened and magnetic-particle inspected for extreme durability. The 16-inch barrel is premium chrome moly vanadium steel with a 1:8 right-hand twist, chambered for 5.56 NATO (.223) to stabilize a wide range of ammunition types. Chamber, bore and exterior are all Melonite®-treated, for second-to-none durability in the field.

World-class design, engineering and components make the new SAINT AR-15 a worthy ally in any encounter. But the real advantage is how it feels – plinking, practicing, competing or defending. At seven pounds, four ounces unloaded, the new SAINT is nimble and well balanced. And with an MSRP of just $1,135, the newest SAINT delivers premium performance at an incredible value.

"California shooters deserve a premium firearm that meets every challenge they face," Reese said. "With the California SAINT, we're proud to offer them exactly that."

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