Springfield Armory Saint Victor Review [Updated] Additional Testing

by coldboremiracle

March 2, 2023

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The firearms market is littered with countless AR-15 revisions and designs, so when a company like Springfield Armory joined the vast AR market they must have had something to offer. Today in our Springfield Saint Victor review we will be looking at one of the mid tier Springfield Saint AR-15 models, to see what Springfield has to offer in this flooded market of rifles.

We had a second gun tester at Gun University run the Saint Victor though its paces, Travis Pike. Without spoiling too much, they both graded the rifle within one point of each other. While the reviewers shared many of the same opinions on the Victor, they did find a few differences.

Springfield Armory’s entry into the AR-15 world offered in several variations including state compliant and factory upgraded options.

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Springfield Armory Saint Victor Specs

  • Name Springfield Saint
  • Caliber 5.56x45mm NATO (.223 REM)
  • Upper Receiver Forged 7075 T6 Al
  • Lower Receiver Forged 7075 T6 Al
  • Bolt Carrier Group M16 w/ Carpenter 158 Steel Bolt, HPT/MPI, Melonite
  • Gas System Mid-Length DI
  • Handguard Victor M-Lok
  • Sights Flip Up Iron Sights
  • Barrel 16″ CMV, Melonite®, 1:8
  • Charging Handle GI
  • Trigger GI Nickel Boron Coated
  • Stock/Grip/Trigger Guard BCM Gunfighter
  • Weight 6lb 11oz
  • Safety Single Side 90 degree

Springfield Saint Background

Springfield Armory has been well known for decades for making great firearms. The Saint series of rifles is Springfield’s venture into the AR-15 or Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR) market. The Saint rifles claim all the best features that come with an MSR, the question I plan to answer today is whether the Saint is an exceptional rifle as far as MSR’s go or if it is just another AR.

The original Saint was a fairly stock rifle with some fancy features, and a little later, the Victor series came to be along with the Edge series.  The Victor series would essentially be the mid tier line of their AR-15 rifles with the Edge series being their premium offerings. They’d go beyond basic and become modern platforms with all the features you’d expect from a modern AR-15 rifle. In our opinion, with the Victor Series they did a lot of things right and a lot of things I’d like to see other companies do. 

The Victor features a 15-inch M-LOK rail, a muzzle brake, furniture from BCM, and a very nice and smooth nickel boron-coated flat trigger. The BCG is both high-pressure tested and magnetic particle inspected. The controls are fairly standard, with a GI-style charging handle and safety. That’s all fairly basic. 

What we like about the Saint Victor line and what other companies should copy come in the form of some small inclusions. First, the rifle comes with sights. Simple flip up sights, but they are a nice inclusion that makes the rifle ready to shoot out of the box. Second, you get a nice little carrying case, and when I spend over a grand on a rifle, I really want something more than a cardboard box. 

Those are small, but there is one big feature I like. While the barrel is only 16 inches long, Springfield went with the mid-length gas system over the carbine. A mid-length gas system is longer than a carbine length system, and that extra length results in lighter recoil and a smoother recoil impulse. 

Springfield has put extensive work into broadening the Saint rifle lineup, with a model of the rifle in nearly any desirable configuration, including dedicated marksman type rifles, compliant models, and SBR and pistol variants.

Springfield Saint Victor Features

Springfield Saint Victor Weapon Features
1 BCM Furniture

 Buttstock, pistol grip and trigger guard come from the popular BCM Manufacturing  Gunfighter lineup and offer superior ergonomics

2 Forged Receivers

Forged upper and lower receivers for strength and hard anodized for durability

3 NB Trigger

Nickel Boron coated internals including trigger and BCG parts treated for better wear and durability

4 Mid Length Gas System

Lowers recoil and creates a smoother shooting rifle

5 Free Float M-Lok Handguard

Allows for easy addition of accessories and improves accuracy

Models and Variations of the Springfield Saint

The Saint comes in a black anodized color, with other color options in Cerakote like OD Green and FDE. The variants of the rifles can get quite extensive, there 5.56, .308, and 9mm caliber versions of the rifle. Most of the general options can be had in a low capacity or compliant configuration. There are both sixteen and twenty inch barrel options, and even an SBR 11.5 inch version of the rifle.

They offer their base ‘Saint’ and and upgraded ‘Saint Victor’ series. They also have a more upgraded ‘Saint Edge’ lineup with billet uppers and lowers, ambidextrous upgrades, upgraded charging handle, and match trigger.

Springfield also offers a very unique Saint with their Accurized Tactical Chassis, designed for maximum precision.

Springfield Saint Victor –  Our Take

Springfield Saint Victor Shooting

My first impression of the Saint came as I lifted it from the box, it seemed light enough for its size. And most everything about it seemed exactly as I expected. The M-Lok handguard looked bare with nothing on it, I would change that soon enough. The BCM buttstock was easy to collapse and extend to alter the rifle’s length, there are a couple sling-mounting cups in the back of it to attach a carry sling. The matching BCM pistol grip was a comfortable fit, and textured to give better purchase.

I ran the charging handle a couple times to check the rifle for safety, the smooth melonited bolt carrier slapped back and forth with the familiar boing of the buffer spring. That familiar smell of freshly anodized aluminum sliding against itself reminded me of every other new AR that’s graced my shoulder. Springfield also nitrides their trigger assembly, I expected it would make it smoother than a standard mil-spec trigger. After giving the trigger a few presses, I’d say it’s a bit better than average, but nothing spectacular. It does have a nice firm and audible reset though.

Springfield Saint Muzzle Device

Rifles like this are typically set up for short to medium range. With that in mind I decided to go with a simple red dot sight. With optic taken care of, I added a couple other things to the rifle. A Magpul MS4 sling, and a small vertical grip up front. I like using these as a place to grip and pull with my support hand.

Our first tester intended on running a suppressor on the rifle, a Yankee Hill Machine Turbo. So he mounted up a compatible muzzle brake as well. Our second tester left on the factory muzzle brake that came on his Victor. Muzzle brakes make guns loud, and the Springfield Armory muzzle brake is nice and loud. You certainly notice it round after round. The good news is that it’s quite efficient at reducing recoil and making the Victor a soft-shooting, comfortable rifle. 

Lets Get to Shooting

With nothing left to do but treat this Saint to the heat of hell’s fire, I grabbed some American Eagle ammo and headed up to my shooting spot. With a stack of GI and Pmags loaded, I set to zero my red dot. The rifle was easy enough to get zeroed which allowed me to spend more time shooting instead of goofing around with the turrets. The light weight of this rifle makes it very easy to throw around, recoil is very modest, particularly when suppressed.

Accuracy

Accuracy of the Saint was pretty standard, I had no problems hitting most things that I aimed at within a reasonable distance. Hitting milk jug sized targets at nearly three-hundred yards was pretty repeatable, and close stuff like fifty yards was obviously no challenge at all.

Our second tester also experienced good accuracy. The Saint Victor packs an excellent trigger. It’s not like a crazy light Timney, but it’s a very refined Mil-Spec design in many ways. It’s got a very smooth pull that’s grit free. The Flat faced trigger is rather nice, and I’ve grown to appreciate the extra control over the trigger I feel it offers. Combine the trigger with the free float handguard and great Gunfighter stock, and you get a platform that’s easy to shoot accurately. 

Some basic 62-grain .223 Remington delivers 1 MOA-sized group. Better ammo and a better shooter might shrink that. In the prone position it was good enough, especially for the price point. The rifle combines all the necessary features to be accurate. From a practical perspective, the brake and mid-length gas system help make it easy to shoot accurately and fast, which likely matters more to most shooters. 

Shootabilty and Reliability

The rifle felt just like it should and easily integrated into my shooting style. The ergonomics of the AR 15 have been perfected over the decades, and the Saint is no different. It fit me well, allowing me to shoot it like we were old friends. I hammered through a couple hundred rounds which went all too fast, I’ll happily report that during this short duration I experienced zero malfunctions.

Springfield Saint BCM Stock

Reliability is where our two testers experienced the biggest differences. While our first tester did not have any malfunctions, our second tester did. He put a ton of ammo through the gun over a couple of years. The vast majority of that has been a positive experience. It’s eaten Winchester, PMC, Remington Tula, and more without a problem. The only time he had the gun choke was with Hornady Training Steel Case.

This ammo cheap, and while it worked fine in other guns, had three failures to extract in 100 rounds with the Saint Victor. As a test, Wolf and Tula steel was shot after the Hornady and had no problems with 100 rounds of each of those loads.

The several hours of range time with the Springfield Saint were great, and I think that for the $1100 or so dollars it goes for on the street are probably worth it. I’m sure there are countless similar rifles that go for much more, and others that go for far less. I prefer to pay enough to know that I got something worth having around.

Springfield Saint Full

Springfield Saint Pros and Cons 

  • Compatible – The Saint meets the needs of most modifications or accessories most shooters want.
  • Reliable – Very few malfunctions were experienced, and it appears it could have been ammo related
  • Accurate – Accuracy was more than adequate for a rifle of this type.
  • Variations – Plenty of colors and models to choose from.
  • Great Furniture – The supplied BCM furniture is great and is one less thing you are going to change from a basic AR
  • Plane Jane – There wasn’t anything about this gun that made it stand out from any other to me.
  • Loud– When using the factory muzzle device, it is very loud, although controllable

Report Card

Shootability

The gun was a blast to shoot, easily manipulated and adapted to various shooting positions.

A
Reliability

No malfunctions of any kind were experienced.

A
Ergonomics

The Saint was a great fit, I would have loved to see something like extra bolt-catch or ambi mag release.

B+
Accuracy

Accuracy was pretty typical, shooting 55 fmj’s typically rendered 1.5 MOA.

B+
Value

I think the Saint is a safe buy if you are looking for an AR rifle of this type.

B+
Springfield Saint Rifle Final Grade

Our Grade

A-

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A+

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Springfield Saint Starter Pack

If you own a modern sporting rifle like this, there are a few extra things you’ll probably want to have on hand.

  • Scope Rings: If you decide to mount a scope on your rifle you will need a good set of rings. Check out our Scope Ring Finder Tool to find the best prices and perfect fit for your scope setup.
  • Gun Cleaning Kit: The modern AR is generally a reliable system. Keeping your bolt well lubricated will keep the gun running. But that does not mean you should not clean it! Keeping the carbon build up down and the barrel clean will save you potential headaches. We’ve got a whole article dedicated to gun cleaning kits you’ll need to keep your rifle in tip top shape.  
  • Eye Protection: This should go without saying, but you need to invest in some quality shooting glasses. One errant piece of brass, and you’re in for a bad day. Check out our recommendations for the best shooting glasses!
  • Hearing Protection: If you’re running an AR it is probably going to be loud, especially if you are running a muzzle brake to keep things on target for faster follow up shots. Upgrade your foam earplugs and get some quality hearing protection. We’ve gathered all of our favorites to help you decide the best hearing protection for you.

Upgrades and Accessories for the Springfield Saint

The Springfield Saint we tested comes pretty basic, but easily can be accessorized. I could make huge list of upgrades for this rifle, but we already wrote that article.

The furniture from BCM is great, and can serve you well. For your AR you will want at least these items. You will want a large supply of magazines and a way to hold them, a good optic, a sling, and a good light. Here are some of our favorites, on a budget, with one splurge mixed in.

Best Accessories For The Springfield Saint

Magpul PMAG 30 Gen M2 Window
  • 5.56x45mm/.223 Remington
  • 30 Round Capacity
  • Fits AR15,M4,M16
  • Polymer with window
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HSGI Taco Belt Mount

• Magazines are all held securely
• Deployed easily and silently on demand
• Takes up only three horizontal inches on your platform
• ABM version can mount to belts up to 2.25″

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Low Power Variable Scope

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 1-6×24 SFP

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 1-6x24 SFP
  • 1-6 Magnification
  • True 1x
  • Forgiving eye box
  • Generous eye relief
  • Second Focal Plane
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Budget Red Dot

Vortex SPARC AR

Vortex SPARC AR
  • Built in mount
  • Absolute or lower 1/3rd
  • 2 MOA Dot
Magpul MS4 Dual QD Sling
  • 1.25″ wide webbing
  • 2 point or 1 point
  • Dual QD Attachment
Streamlight ProTac Rail Mount 1 Long Gun Light
  • Budget friendly
  • 350 Lumens
  • Built in rail mount
  • Comes with pressure switch
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Best Ammo for Your Springfield Saint

We found some good deals on 223 range ammo as well as duty ammo for your Springfield Saint. 

Range Rounds

PMC Bronze 223 55 Grain

PMC Bronze .223 55gr FMJ

Marketplace
Cost Per Round
Target Sports USA $0.425
Palmetto State Armory $0.45
Brownells $0.50

Duty Ammunition

Hornady Critical Defense 223 Ammo

Hornady Critical Defense .223 55gr FTX

Marketplace
Cost Per Round
Gun Mag Warehouse $1.25
Optics Planet $1.30

Other Modern Sporting Rifles of its Class to Check Out

The Springfield Saint is a great, basic AR15. There are many different AR companies out there. We even have an entire article of our favorite AR15s for you to check out.

Here are a few of our favorite modern sporting rifles including a budget option and a bullpup.

Top Tier Knight’s SR-15 MOD 2

Editor's Choice

Knight’s SR-15 MOD 2

The SR-15 E3 MOD 2 series’ 5.56mm NATO barrel is manufactured for military grade durability, and is free-floated inside a URX 4 M-LOK handguard.

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  • Shootability A+
  • Reliability A
  • Ergonomics A
  • Accuracy A+
  • Value A-

Our Grade

A

Reader’s Grade

A+

Based on 2 Reviews

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Budget AR S&W M&P Sport 2

S&W M&P Sport 2

M&P15 Rifles are the ideal modern sporting rifle. Built to perform multiple uses under various conditions such as recreational, sport, and professional shooting, M&P15 Rifles are as versatile as they are reliable. 

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  • Shootability C+
  • Reliability B-
  • Ergonomics B-
  • Accuracy B-
  • Value B-

Our Grade

B-

Reader’s Grade

B-

Based on 11 Reviews

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Bull Pup Competitior IWI Tavor X95

Editor's Choice

IWI Tavor X95

The Tavor X95 has by far earned the Best Overall Bullpup Award. You can see below why we made that decision.

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  • Shootability A+
  • Reliability A+
  • Ergonomics A+
  • Accuracy A+
  • Value A

Our Grade

A+

Reader’s Grade

A

Based on 57 Reviews

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How to Care for Your Springfield Saint

Cleaning your AR 15 is an important part of owning an AR15. We found a real short and to the point video from the NSSF showing you how to clean your AR15.

If you want a more detailed explanation of the process, this video from Daniel Defense will more thoroughly take you through the process.

Check out the links below for the manufacturer’s website operator’s manual.

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About coldboremiracle

coldboremiracle is a self-taught "Freelance Sharpshooter" based in the Rocky Mountains. A true gun nut at heart, but has a passion for precision shooting particularly as it applies to hunting. When not at home or work, he is more than likely behind a riflescope in the high country evaluating the wind for the next shot.

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  1. Springfield Armory is a Class Act company that still believes in American Traditions
    And a high level of standerds in all their Firearms….

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