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”, says Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese. “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 butt pads 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 7 pounds, 4 ounces unloaded, the new SAINT is nimble and well balanced.  And with an MSRP of just $1135, the newest SAINT delivers premium performance at an incredible value.

“California shooters deserve a premium firearm that meets every challenge they face”, says Springfield Armory’s Reese. “With the California SAINT, we’re proud to offer them exactly that.”

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About Springfield Armory®

Founded in 1974, Springfield Armory Inc. is located in Geneseo, Illinois. Its iconic brand remains unmatched in quality, precision engineering, manufacturing and unparalleled customer service in the firearms industry. The USA facility in Geneseo engineers, manufactures and assembles the legendary M1A™, 1911 and SAINT® AR-15 line of firearms. Since 2001, Springfield Armory has enjoyed a strategic, collaborative partnership with the state-of the-art factory in Croatia working hand in hand in the development and engineering of the multiple award-winning line of XD® polymer pistols that have become staples in the US marketplace. For over 40 years Springfield Armory has been committed to providing customers with trusted and reliable defensive products and a time-honored dedication to customer service excellence.


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