I have to hand it to the people at Springfield Armory; They launch a new product or alternative version of an existing product what seems like every other month or so. On April 30, Springfield announced their latest boom stick: The SAINT AR-15 Pistol in .300 Blackout.
All SAINTs Day
The SAINT line has been around for about a year now, and by all accounts is a solid, dependable piece in a very saturated market. This new caliber is a welcomed addition.
Statement From Springfield Armory:
“With the success of Springfield Armory’s SAINT AR-15 Pistol in 5.56, more people than ever are requesting variations to the original version. The newest iteration in .300 BLK harnesses the power of this proven round for increased capability and versatility in a combat-grade platform.
The SAINT AR-15 Pistol features a rugged SB Tactical SBX-K forearm brace to reduce size, stabilize recoil, and enhance accuracy in one or two-hand shooting. A 9-inch CMV barrel with a 1:7 twist and A2 flash hider makes the SAINT AR-15 Pistol small, fast, and ideal for CQB. The barrel is Melonite treated inside and out to be as durable and more accurate than chrome lining.
Built with high-end features throughout, Springfield Armory’s exclusive Accu-Tite™ tension system increases the tension between the upper and the lower receivers, ensuring an ideal fit and reducing movement. The upper and lower receivers are forged Type III hard-coat anodized 7075 T6 aluminum.”
One of the biggest selling points of the SAINT was Springfield’s decision to include some popular add-ons as standard equipment in their lineup, like the extremely well-liked SB Tactical brace, and Bravo Company trigger guard and pistol grip. This is a “customized” gun (to an extent) right off the lot. Also the hand guard uses the M LOK mounting system. We really like M LOK around here.
Which Caliber Is Right For Me?
If you’re in the market for an AR-15 pistol, you might be wondering which caliber is the best choice. There are some clear advantages to going with .300 BLK in a shorter barreled gun as opposed to the usual AR platform standard of 5.56. .300 BLK was developed as a round that would achieve similar ballistics to 7.62×39 bullet; while still being able to fit into standard 5.56 magazines. The 7.62×39 is the round of choice in the M4’s arch-nemesis: the AK-47.
The .300 BLK delivers a bigger punch than the 5.56; and is able to achieve its ideal velocity in the shorter barrels found in AR platform pistols. .300 Blackout is also available in subsonic variations, which makes it a favorite amongst the silencer crowd. The disadvantages of .300 BLK is mostly its availability and cost; going for around twice the average cost of 5.56. Given that it’s a heavier bullet, it also drops faster than than it’s .223 counterpart, meaning it isn’t a good choice for longer range shooting.
300 BLK is a solid choice for a smaller gun like the SAINT; it allows the gun to deliver more knockdown power with less noise from shorter-barreled firearms like the SAINT Pistol. If you don’t mind the expense of shooting it, you will be getting a more capable gun in the .300 BLK variant.
What do you think? Would you buy the new SAINT pistol? Keep My First AR15 bookmarked for our take on industry new in the future.