Sneak Peek Of The Springfield Armory Saint Writers Event!

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So we all know that there is a super secret new product from Springfield Armory. No one who knows what it is will talk about it, and there aren’t any clues online.

I’m not about to spill the beans, but I will share a few details about the amazing event that Chad, Drew, Stephanie, Denny, and the rest of the Springfield crew put together.

It all starts with a super vague itinerary emailed the week prior to the event. Springfield would be flying us out to Vegas and putting us up in a hotel. Beyond that I knew I had a dinner at 7 pm and nothing more. We were going to be joined by Rob Leatham, Rob Pincus, and the guys from APEX Expert Solutions.

We had a full couple of days planned, the first mostly on the static range with some training with Rob Leatham and The Apex guys where I learned quite a lot in the short time I was able to work with them. Day two I will have to talk about later. I can say that it involved some sim training as well as a helicopter ride to the last event and an epic shoot to end all epic shoots.

The Saint launches on November 1st, make sure to check back for all the details. I have a ton of video as well as some great takeaways from the event. Until then, check out the few photos that I can release.

Above all, bravo Springfield for a well thought out event Check for more information on The Saint’s website HERE.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

    Advanced apologies for any errors in grammar or spelling. This post is written in about five minutes before boarding the plane back home.

  • USMC03Vet

    Is it some new conceal carry deodorant, because the multiple images of chicks in yoga pants sweating up a storm to promote this new “gun” from Springfield is baffling me.

    • alex waits

      I doubt its a new gun, likely a training system marketed as a “life style”, that incorporates a workout routine/laser dry fire/ipotatoe app, that you can share with all your gun buddies on how operator you are.

      • Michigunner

        Yes, exactly this. SAINT = Springfield Armory INteractive Training. The new product is some type of training simulator gun/hardware that may or may not work with existing SA firearms and will interface with their subscription based training and lifestyle content. Think Laserlyte on steroids.

        • PK

          That sounds… plausible. I’m going to get a good chuckle if you turn out to be correct.

          • Dickie

            Makes sense why the slide of the gun is blue. U sir are the winner

        • Fred Johnson

          The fortune teller speaks.

      • Scroogedude

        The email already revealed it was a new line of firearms.

        • retrocon

          Maybe it’s a new line of firearms with enhanced adaptability to a new interactive training technology?

          Can’t we all just get along 😉

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Maybe it’s a polymer framed handgun in 9mm.

    • Edeco

      I hope it’s not striker-fired.

      • Black Dots

        Nah, single-action only, with a ceramic frame that includes hand lotion dispensing grips from Haley Strategic Partners.

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          As long as it doesn’t cost more than I make in a month…

          • Black Dots

            Well played, sir.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        It’s a polymer framed wellrod with an RMR mount and a threaded barrel.

      • DeathFromTheShadows

        an external hammer, decocking XD variant would be reasonable

  • nova3930

    Must say that’s the strangest new gun hype site I’ve ever seen…

  • Shankbone

    Springfield’s hype-site made feel like 200 pounds of chewed bubblegum.

  • Gene

    Maybe Springfield can defend their legacy by making things in America for a change.

    • Zachary marrs

      Ha! No need to defend something they never had

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        “Improve” is the word he’s looking for 🙂

    • hking

      What, you dont like that a company that uses the line “First Name In American Firearms” sells rebranded Croatian polymer pistols, and makes a ton of their 1911s in brazil?

      • FWIW: Their M1911 are no longer sourced from IMBEL.

        • itsmefool

          Amen to that…my TRP is as American as a Colt.

          • While Springfield is no longer using IMBEL as a supplier, I would not be shocked to learn that they are simply sourcing their forgings and parts from other countries, say South Korea or Turkey. Springfield has depended upon rebranded foreign-produced firearms and parts for far too long to believe otherwise.

      • AC97

        And the company that produces a clone of the rifle that only passed military trials because of the fact that they were rigged?

  • Black Dots

    I’m starting to think this is going to be Springfield’s entry into the emerging “tactical lifestyle” market that 5.11 has been dominating. Now with Magpul making clothes and more companies like Arc’teryx offering “tactical” products, I think we’re going to see more and more firearms companies making clothes, gadgets, accessories for those gadgets, and becoming involved with sports (e.g., 5.11 and CrossFit).

  • MeatPants

    This reminds me of the time Val Kilmer made a movie about a thief and master of disguise that becomes the anti-hero while using the moniker of various saints while paradoxically living in the underworld of international industrial theft, then got super fat and lost all relevance with the movie going public.

    • Fred Johnson

      Lol. Nice.

  • Grammar, please!

    PEAK-A-BOO, right ? I understand – autocorrect. But if you don’t know the difference between “peek” and “peak” – WTH ?

    • Yea well it happens especially with spell check on. Also it went up late after I’d already proofed everything else. Geez ease up;-)

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Maybe you should read the comments. This was thrown together to give you guys a glimpse of the event we attended. No one will be running much information til 11/1/16. Be happy I was able to get it up before I boarded the plane.

      • I was too tired to get it up. Maybe this week…

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          I haven’t been this tired in some time. They sure do know how to throw a party!

    • Core

      Damn grammar nazis..

  • All this for an optics ready XDM?
    Judas Priest.

    Over hype much, Springfield?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      That isn’t the Saint. That would be a XDM OSP.

      • Having now seen the SAINT… This would have been better.

  • Shane

    Anyone else think it’s an acronym? Springfield Armory Intense New Training. I cant think of anything better but saint seems like a weird odd for a non religious organization to use as a motif unless it just fits the acronym too nicely.

    • James Young

      Good point. You got the the first two letters.

  • RogUinta

    Based on that website, I’m guessing it’s a bobblehead of Roger Moore in yoga pants.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    If its not 10mm (XD or 1911 I dont care), then Im not interested. Thats the only product that Springfield could introduce that I would be interested in and wouldnt be redundant with their current product line

    • UserNameUnknown

      Unrelated to this SAINT stuff I called SA a couple of weeks ago to find out if they will be introducing a 10mm. (I love my SA .45 XDS, but typically carry a Glock 29 10mm that is fat, ugly, and doesn’t have a grip safety which I like).

      I was told to check in January. Then I asked about the SAINT thing, but I got the impression to check back in January for a 10mm. My impression was not that they will have a 10mm, but just that the SAINT think is not related to a 10mm gun.

      • DeathFromTheShadows

        I dumped my 29 because it was the worst designed subcompact I ever handled add to that, a 10mm that small has no more real world power than a.40 Short and Weak. Unless you think being blinded by your own muzzle flash is power

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    It would be hilarious if they were announcing their brand new milspec AR15…

    • James Young

      What if it’s just an XD without a grip safety? That would be worth the hype

      • Anonymoose

        I thought that was one of the main selling points, other than having a super-high bore axis?

      • efred1

        Then it would be a more ergonomic Glock, with the same inherent accidental discharge flaws. Wow. Would that ever be stupid.

        I agree with @Anonymoose: a lower bore axis to get lower muzzle rise would be great.

    • Tim Pearce

      That was exactly what I was thinking. “It’ll probably be something super disappointing, like, ‘we’re so innovative that we’re going to sell…. an AR-15!'”

    • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

      Hahaha Daz funny

    • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

      Hahaha Daz funny

    • Core

      Yeah but it probably wouldn’t be milspec..

    • FloridaPoorBoy

      RIGHT ON THE MONEY! What a letdown. Another AR-15, there’s something new.

      There aren’t enough AR’s out there already. You can buy one anywhere from 500 to 3000 dollars, AR-15, AR-10, .556, .308, 300 black out, just about any finish, parkerized, blued, cerakoted, polymer parts, aluminum parts, gas impingement, piston driven, with rails, without rails, quad rails and any color from black to Muddy Girl camo.

      Christ, I can go to the local Rural King farm store and pick up dog food, mower blades and an AR they’re so available. They also have free popcorn when you walk in the door.

      There’s not much else can be done to the AR to make it “innovative”.

      I love Springfield, own an M1A, two XDs’ and an XDM but this was a disappointment.

      I have to give it to their marketing dept. though, they kept us watching and that’s what they’re supposed to do. I was dumb enough to keep with it.

      It was kind of like Chevrolet coming out and saying “introducing…….The pick-up truck”

      Yaaaaaaay!!!!

      Oh well, that was fun now back to my wheel guns.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        I only said that as a joke… I seriously thought that was out of the question.

    • Mark Lee

      Holy crap. This guy was right. The Saint, announced today, is a friggin AR15.

      Whelp, there goes that hype train…

  • Disarmed in CA

    It’s a new GRIP ZONE pattern! Only now it’s more aggressive and it says GRRRRIP Zone!

    • iksnilol

      It’s GRRRRRRREeat!

      • QuadGMoto

        LOL!

    • Which they will rename the SHTF ZONE!

  • Richard

    I hope that it isn’t something lame since I can’t go on Facebook or a gun website without seeing SAINT over and over again.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I will say that I was a bit impressed with it.

      • James Young

        A bit impressed…is that good or bad? With hype there is an expectation of being very impressed, maybe even excited.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          It was certainly good.

  • Fred Johnson

    I’m still betting on the Saint being a .380 ACP pocket gun. The teaser ads from Springfield Armory show people in workout gear. What gun goes with workout gear? A big heavy one or a small light one?

    BTW, that blue slide gun has to be a decoy to try and throw us off the trail. 😀

    • James Young

      Blue guns are for training right? Maybe it is training related.

      • Fred Johnson

        True on the blue. Michigunner might have it nailed.

        Although, that’s a lot of ad hype for a non-firearm. Considering I think more people buy guns than actually train with their guns.

  • Ratcraft

    It’s a smart gun, takes your heartbeat, counts steps and helps hipsters twist wax into their fagstashes.

  • James Young

    M1 Garand classic/modern rifles? They do say “Legacy” a lot, and talk about each of the highlighted people’s backstory. Nah. I assume it’s not a change to the XD, M1A, or 1911s, but it could be an AR15 or a new .380 I suppose. It could be a new line of ammo like Sig has. I’m excited for a gun, not ammo. It is under the “Products” tab on their website, so I don’t think it’s training related, but it could be.

  • Reality Check

    I’m Betting XDM Mod .2

  • A.WChuck

    So their previous guns were not designed for people “who were ready for the challenge?”

    My guess, US made plastic fantastic pistol.

  • Anonymoose

    Does this have anything to do with Roger Moore?

  • Mem

    Which peak did you sneak to?

  • Dracon1201

    I like SA, the XD45 compact .45 was my first gun when I was 14, and I still love it, but the introduction of the VHS2 is probably the only thing they could bring that would impress me.

    • roguetechie

      Springfield would be the logical importer of the VHS2 bullpup rifle, and would indeed be very exciting news!

  • gunsandrockets

    Springfield Armory Intuitive Night Targeting?

  • gunsandrockets

    How about handgun models with a standard RDS factory installed? I don’t think any other major handgun manufacturer offers that.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I think SIG does now.

      • gunsandrockets

        I looked and didn’t see any at sigsauer.com

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer
          • gunsandrockets

            $1,600 MSRP!! Yikes. And that’s a single model only?

            I know Ruger and S&W offer multiple models with lasers, but I bet the first company to offer several affordable models with RDS will clean up the competition.

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            Anything of reasonable quality with a good red fit is going to be right at $1000 – $1100 minimum.

    • Sand

      In the shop where I work, we use a sealant that everyone calls RDS (short for “rubber dog poop”). I was a gun nut before I worked there, but now whenever I see a post about putting RDS on a gun, I get the strangest mental image…

  • pithy

    Are they going to rebrand another imported pistol, like they did with the XD? Maybe another sweet BS mud test, like they did with the Socom.

  • Fred Johnson

    As crap. I just got a vibe from watching the SAINT ad and GRIP YOUR NERVES.

    I think SA is going to have an over molded rubber pistol grip. The very thing that wears to pieces with hard use or turns to goo in 10 years. Great.

    • Fred Johnson

      That was supposed to be Aw Crap. Love the auto spell.

  • ozzallos .

    I predict we’ll all be severly underwhelmed.

    • Kent San

      I’m inclined to agree with you. What could possibly be earth shaking at this point?

  • Luke Elwood

    Well, the new video on the website says that it will be “the first gun in a new line of firearms.” The exceptional emphasis on training in the advertising is odd though.

    • Tim Pearce

      Heheh. “You too can be a buff sweaty slab of muscle that can juggle pianos! All you have to do is buy the brand new SAINT pistol! With its 50lb trigger pull, you’ll develop those muscles in no time!”
      “But, wait! There’s more! As the gun weighs 200lbs, you’ll be working out more than just your trigger finger!”
      “I was a 400lb obese woman living in her parent’s basement before I bought the SAINT. Now I’m the CEO of sixteen companies and will be competing in the 2016 Olympics, having already broken the world record for the greatest distance anyone has thrown a cow! Thank you Springfield Armory!”

  • Seth Hill

    I am wondering if they are going to offer some type of insurance for gun owners.

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    Like all new products that are advertised…I’m sure it’s intuitive, comprehensive, imaginative…

  • Pangbourne Pettibone

    Springfield Armory INTerchangeable or some such — a modular handgun with removable chassis, along the lines of the Sig 320 would be my guess

  • Pandaz3

    They are going to introduce XD’s in 10 MM and 357 Sig, a new 380 and some gunsmoke smelling lingerie!

  • Pimpdalyrical

    Starting to think it’s just some Spartan race knockoff that includes a shooting section.

  • Core

    Maybe it’s a gun with a linked fit biometric bracelet or some sort of training package? That would work with the SAINT acronym.