Springfield Armory showcases The Saint at SHOT Show 2017

The Saint, chambered in 5.56/.223, features a collapsible Bravo Company stock. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The Saint, chambered in 5.56/.223, features a collapsible Bravo Company stock. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Springfield Armory’s foray into the AR-15 world began with a bang in November and its momentum continued into the first day of SHOT Show.

Patrons to SHOT’s Industry Day at the Range lined up to get a look and test fire the new carbine made by the iconic gun maker.

If smiles and thumbs up were any indication, media and buyers were loving it.

A shooter trying out the Saint at Springfield Armory's booth at Industry Day at the Range. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

A shooter trying out the Saint at Springfield Armory’s booth at Industry Day at the Range. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The Saint is an attractive AR-15 platform, chambered in 5.56 NATO. The rifle features a matte, black finish that hid most of the dust and grime courtesy of the desert range.

Bravo Company furniture provides a sturdy feeling rifle without the heft. Weighing 6 pounds, the Saint is lightweight and easy to maneuver. The Bravo PKMT KeyMod handguard is constructed with heat shields as well as flexible attachment points for accessory mounting. A Bravo Company collapsible buttstock allows the Saint to at 35.5-inches in overall length when fully extended. That figure drops down to 32.25-inches when collapsed.

Bravo Company pistol grip on the Saint. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Bravo Company pistol grip on the Saint. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The Saint’s frame holds a 16-inch chrome moly vanadium barrel with 1-in-8 inch twist and M16 bolt carrier group. The bolt carrier group is managed by a mid-length gas system matched witha  heavy tungsten buffer. The combination results in extra smooth cycling.

Bravo Company pistol grip on the Saint. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Bravo Company pistol grip on the Saint. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The Saint’s merits as a home defense gun have been touted amid claims of its easy, beginner friendly design. With a MSRP of $899, the Saint is a good option for new AR shooters looking to keep prices under the $1,000 mark.