I’ve been a fan of the Saint line from Springfield Armory since it was released in late 2016. Since then, Springfield has continued to expand the line to meet consumer demand for more feature-rich AR-15s. On Springfield’s website, the Saint Edge is described as the “cream of the crop” of ARs.

With all the upgraded features comes an upgraded price tag. Is the Edge worth the additional dollars on top of the base price? Keep reading to decide for yourself.
 

Table of Contents

My Impressions
Features & Specs
Range Time
Pros & Cons
Conclusion

UPGRADED SAINT – UPGRADED IMPRESSION


I’ve heard my fair share of arguments that it would be better to upgrade the base Saint as opposed to splurge for the Edge. While I can appreciate that stance – and actually agree, depending on what your end goal is – once you shoot it, it’s obvious that it’s much more than just some upgraded furniture. 
 

Springfield Saint Edge rifle
I’ll take Springfield’s flip-up sights over your typical Magpul ones any day. (Photo: Ryan Domke/Guns.com)


Right out of the box, I was surprised at how sturdy and robust the rifle felt, while weighing barely over 6 pounds. The second thing I noticed was how there was virtually no play between the upper and lower receiver. Not that I expected there to be a ton at all, but the Edge has what Springfield calls the Accu-Tite tension system, which is an adjustable setscrew to mitigate that wiggle you sometimes feel. 

Aside from appreciating the aesthetics of the Edge, the functionality is equally as impressive, thanks to some of other features. 
 

FANCY FEATURES & SPECS


From just a quick glance at the lower receiver, you can tell the amount of thought that Springfield put into the edge. There’s a beautiful balance between the flared aspects – magwell and trigger guard – and the weight-reducing lightening cuts. 
 

Springfield Saint Edge rifle
Who doesn’t love a flared trigger-guard and magwell? (Photo: Ryan Domke/Guns.com)


Within that flared trigger guard resides the modular match trigger. It gives you exactly what you’d want for a run-and-gun type AR: flat trigger, light pull, and quick reset. I’ve even been finding my mag dumps to be more on-point than normal! 
 

Springfield Saint Edge rifle
The multi-port muzzle brake (top) not only reduces recoil but looks pretty badass, too! The rail up top runs the entire length of the handguard, letting you space out your irons to make a ton of room for accessories/optics. (Photo: Ryan Domke/Guns.com)


Two of my favorite features are the free-float handguard and multi-port muzzle brake. The handguard only runs about two-thirds of the length of the barrel, but a rail is topping the entire handguard. Then when it comes to the muzzle brake, it does seem to reduce a fair bit of the recoil. Any recoil mitigation, though, is a pro in my book. 
 

Springfield Saint Edge rifle
The Bravo Company Mod 0 SOPMOD stock isn’t my favorite, but it’s much better than your standard Mil-Spec one that comes on many ARs. (Photo: Ryan Domke/Guns.com)


Oh yeah, we can’t forget about the other furniture. Instead of the Magpul route that many manufacturers will run with, Springfield decided to include a Bravo Company grip and buttstock – both of which are welcomed upgrades over the typical A2-style grip and mil-spec buttstock.

Caliber: 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem
Operating System: Direct Impingement
Capacity: 30 Rounds
Overall Length: 35.75 Inches
Barrel Length: 16 Inches
Barrel Twist: 1:8
Weight: 6 Pounds, 3 Ounces
Sights: Low Profile Spring-Loaded Adjustable Flip-Up
Trigger: Flat Modular Match
Upper Receiver: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
Lower Receiver: Machined 7075 T6 Billet Aluminum
MSRP: $1,379
 

RANGE TIME AND RELOADS


Thankfully, this is not a “review and return” gun, so I have plenty of time with it. I purchased my Edge a couple of months ago and have since put 420 rounds through it. It’s happily eaten a variety of ammo that includes 62-grain Winchester 5.56 green tips, 55-grain American Eagle .223 FMJs and a few leftover 55-grain Hornady Frontier 5.56 FMJs. I found my best accuracy came from the American Eagle ammo, but I didn’t have any issues per se with any of them.
 

Springfield Saint Edge rifle
No professional shooting, but I’m happy with it for my skill set. (Photo: Ryan Domke/Guns.com)


When it came time to pick up the pace, mag dump and reload, I still found my shots placing better than some of the other ARs I’ve shot more extensively lately. After the first magazine went so smoothly, I decided to run what I call a five-by-seven drill. It’s a simple drill, where you place five shots in seven seconds in each of the various targets downrange. I was pleased with only my second magazine through what was a new AR to me, resulting in the above groupings out to 25 yards. Taking my time afterward, I was able to have similar groupings out to 50 yards, but I’ve not yet had the chance to hit a 100-yard range with it. 
 

PROS & CONS


I always like to preface this section with a reminder, that just because something is listed as a pro or con in my book, doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the same in yours. This AR was difficult for me to find much of anything to complain about, so the following bullets will definitely look lopsided. 
 

Springfield Saint Edge rifle
Springfield’s mid-size charging handle is nice and light, but definitely stands to be improved by making it ambidextrous. (Photo: Ryan Domke/Guns.com)


Pros: 
•    Lightweight but built like a tank
•    Accurate and reliable
•    Upgraded components and furniture throughout – too many to list here separately
•    Lower than expected price point

Cons:
•    Handguard doesn’t run the length of the barrel (I have very long arms so prefer maximum space to stretch out!)
•    No ambidextrous charging handle
 

DOES THE EDGE GIVE YOU AN EDGE?

If you’re comparing the Edge to the base Saint like I was for most of the time shooting it, you should be pleasantly surprised. It left me with the feeling that I was shooting a custom AR, but in reality, I never changed a single component. For the price, I believe you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better out-of-the-box AR-15. No buyer’s remorse for this guy!

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