BREAKING: Give that SAINT Some M-LOK!… Springfield Armory’s 2nd Offering of an AR-15

SAINT

Springfield Armory surprised a lot of people when they introduced an AR-15 this winter. Not many people believed Springfield had a trick like that up their sleeve. If you think about their history, both the old military company and the current one with the same name, it begins to make more sense.

The Springfield Armory name has always provided true battle rifles for the United States.

  • Model 1898 .30-40 Krag (Spanish-American War, Phillipine-American War)
  • Model 1903 .30-06 Sprg. (WWI, WWII, Korean War)
  • M1 Garand .30-06 Sprg. (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, many more…)
  • M14 .308 Win. (Vietnam War, many conflicts since its inception…)
  • M16 5.56 NATO [Civilian model=SAINT] (Vietnam War, Persian-Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War)

The current Springfield Armory company can only lay claim to the SAINT, but over the years the name Springfield Armory had appeared on all of those historic rifles.

Back to the SAINT rifle that started this history lesson (Squirrel!). The specs on this gun are a laundry list of desirable features. An overview of some of the best ones are a Mid-Length Gas System, Bravo Company 6-Position Collapsible Stock, Nickel-Boron Coated Trigger, and a Bravo Company Mod. 3 Pistol Grip.

SAINT

What sets this model apart from their introductory model is the NEW Springfield Armory Proprietary M-LOK Handguard. With a low-profile gas block hidden underneath the free floated handguard you have lots of real estate for your support arm. It also begs the question of, “What accessory are you going to add 1st?!

SAINT

These rifles as the sales poster states are slated to ship to dealers on June 12th. The current MSRP is set at $1,049 so the everyday price should be something south of that.



The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • RSG

    That wasn’t the only surprise this winter from Springfield Armory. Hopefully it’s the last year they’re in business.

  • John

    Springfield armory of current times has no association with the springfield armory that manufactured those rifles you listed. All they have in common is the name.

    • AZgunner

      I can’t believe that TFB would allow such a poorly informed article to be posted. It’s embarrassing.

      • Bill

        It’s worse than embarrassing: I would be willing to bet it’s downright deceitful. There is no way that SA didn’t pay TFB for this sorry excuse for an article.

        • Raptor Fred

          YESS!!! Thank you!

        • Russ

          And on top of that they still throw in the “BREAKING” bullsht just for a new rail on some generic AR pattern rifle from a backstabbing scumbag company.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        If you read carefully, you will see he mentions the two have no relation other than name.

        “The current Springfield Armory company can only lay claim to the SAINT, but over the years the name Springfield Armory had appeared on all of those historic rifles.”

        • AZgunner

          The article has been heavily edited since it was originally posted.

          • ozzallos .

            I’ve always maintained there’s more value in the comments than there is in the actual stories TFB produces. The story could be complete fail, but you’ll get the real scoop by real experts in the comments.

        • rdsii64

          Springfield Armory or Springfield Arsenal?

    • derpmaster

      As I posted once before – it’s a bunch of losers LARPing as a national armory flogging mediocre imports built overseas.

      These people are scum who sold out the 2nd amendment to the people of Illinois and do not deserve ANY business moving forward.

      • Raptor Fred

        TRUTH!

      • javierjuanmanual

        How did they sell out 2nd, it still exists ?

        • Bierstadt54

          Google it.

        • ozzallos .

          They were being capitalist, supporting a restrictive gun legistlation to create their own carve-out exception to the rule.

    • AC97

      Exactly, these traitorous f**ks bought the name and have no relation to the original.

      • Raptor Fred

        YES!

      • Raptor Fred

        Sparkle tacos Mod this

      • javierjuanmanual

        That is relation. You mean little relation ?

    • javierjuanmanual

      Sure it does. The name.

    • Anonymoose

      Not only that, Springfield never produced an AR15-style gun until this past year. What utter BS! They did used to import Imbel FALs and Greek HK91s iirc, though.

    • Chuck Balius

      I refuse to purchase anything from the present Springfield company. Their recent financial support of an anti gun bill and their lame excuse as to why was not believable. I would guess the present owner will again have hock his family farm to stay in business.

      • Rogertc1

        You cant afford to even buy any guns Chuck

        • BrandonAKsALot

          Hey there again Roger. I’ll have you know, I know Chuck personally and he has several Hipoints and a Jennings. That’s an unfair statement and I think you should apologize. Just because you can afford that midtown duplex doesn’t mean you should talk down to others.

          • Rogertc1

            Hell Brandon we live next to each other.

          • Rogertc1

            You can’t buy what you want. No Money

        • Chuck Balius

          My wife says the same thing each and every time I purchase a gun, which is about monthly.

  • Matt

    The Springfield Armory of today simply shares a name with the Springfield Armory of yesteryear that produced rifles like the Krag and 1903. The current Springfield Armory simply licensed the name back in the 70s.

    • javierjuanmanual

      I believe they own the name.

      • Raptor Fred

        And thrust it into shame

  • Joshua

    That’s a nice looking handguard they’ve got there.

  • Chris Schnable

    I am disgusted with springfield armory!

  • Edeco

    Grrr

  • S Spitz

    Crap job of NOT knowing the history about the company.
    About the only good thing is they got rid of the fixed front sight post.
    Too little, years too late.

  • Django

    All you are worried about is M-LOK’s being absent from Springfield? How’s about supporting the 2nd amendment being absent from Springfield!

    Hope you guys got paid well with this article! You guys are going to start losing readers by promoting traitorous companies!

    What’s next Rock Island armory missing a b.s. piece of useless hardware no-one cares about? These companies should be shunned out of existence instead of resurrecting them!

    Both S&W & Ruger got back in the saddle via the same tactics! Pay writers and magazines to forget the back stabbing and promote their crap as the next best thing!

    • AZgunner

      It’s Rock River, not Rock Island, who are the traitors.

      • Django

        Correct!

    • Brad

      Nah, S&W was sold to new owners just before declaring bankruptcy. Bill Ruger died.
      And as someone else said, it was RRA not RIA.

      • Django

        S&W’s former CEO Bob Scott, who is credited as brokering and
        finalizing the Clinton deal ; BECAME the CEO of SAF-T Hammer, who
        eventually BOUGHT S&W from The English conglomerate Tompkins plc.
        The deal was called the gnat that ate the elephant. Have you ever heard
        of SAF-T Hammer? No one else at the time did either! The greatest CON ever!
        They never changed their name or their CEO and it still worked!

        Bill Ruger ran the company until 2002 until he died! His SON ran the company until 2006, yeah they suffered LOL! They became the largest firearms company under his watch!~

      • Django

        S&W’s former CEO Bob Scott, who is credited as brokering and
        finalizing the Clinton deal ; BECAME the CEO of SAF-T Hammer, who
        eventually BOUGHT S&W from The English conglomerate Tompkins plc.
        The deal was called the gnat that ate the elephant. Have you ever heard
        of SAF-T Hammer? No one else at the time did either!

        3.)Bill Ruger”s Son ran the company until 2000. THAT IS 16 YEARS LATER! His son ran the company until 2006 they are the biggest firearms manufacturer in the world! THEY NEVER SUFFERED FROM THE CLINTON BAN!

        • Brad

          Keep believing your version of history.
          1989-Bill Ruger SR supports banning high cap magazines.
          1999-Bill Scot left S&W due to differences with Tompkins management.
          2000-S&W CEO Ed Shultz signs on in agreement with the Clinton plan. Big Bill retires from Ruger due to health reasons.
          2001-Saf-T-Hammer CEO Mitchell Saltz purchases S&W for $15 million and assumes $30 million of S&Ws debt. He hires Bob Scott as President of S&W Holdings.
          2002-Bill SR dies.
          .

    • RSG

      I agree with your overall premise, but the 3 most important facts you got wrong. 1) it’s Rock Rivers Arms 2) SW only got back in the saddle after selling the company 3) Ruger got back in the saddle only after Bill Ruger died and they reversed course.

      • Django

        S&W’s former CEO Bob Scott, who is credited as brokering and
        finalizing the Clinton deal ; BECAME the CEO of SAF-T Hammer, who
        eventually BOUGHT S&W from The English conglomerate Tompkins plc.
        The deal was called the gnat that ate the elephant. Have you ever heard
        of SAF-T Hammer? No one else at the time did either!

        he sale was a rouse to make it look like S&W changed hands, except for the FACT the brass was still in charge! The trick worked! Even with the same CEO, and same name of S&W, that is what happens when information is monopolized and hidden by gun magazines, hunting shows and who ever else is “sponsored” by big money! They protect their “sponsors” more than their customers and consumers!

        You should research it it is absolutely the best CON ever!

  • I’ve been wrong before

    Easy on the BuzzClick FeedBait, there mister. We don’t take kindly to your kind ’round here.

  • Eric Busseau

    They just tried to copy the Savage MSR line. screw springfield, buy a MSR 15 recon half inch groups out of the box

  • tazman66gt

    TFB needs to fact check their guest writers. If the writer doesn’t know the differences between the current Springfield Armory and the Government armory of old then they have no business writing in a blog.

    • SPQR9

      Wait … he wasn’t trolling us?

    • javierjuanmanual

      Try reading better.

      • Bill

        The article was edited to reflect complaints in the comments. Nothing wrong with his reading.

  • No one

    ……Do you seriously not know or even check that the company stealing Springfield Armory’s likeness and name, along with advertising themselves as the very people they’re ripping off aren’t even the same entity before writing this?!

    ……Wow.

  • Scott Wagner

    Oh hey, springfield coming to the table a day late and dollar short again.

  • Joe Schmo

    #Ad ???

  • Treiz

    that’s a little better, unfortunately Adam seems to be chewing on foot right now…

  • SPQR9

    Listing all the things that the real Springfield Armory made, in an article about the faux Springfield Armory that pretends to be the real one ….

    That’s a master class Troll.

    • RSG

      It’s almost fraud.

  • Gun Fu Guru

    I’m surprised that TFB made an article about a Springfield product after what they pulled a few weeks ago.

    • tazman66gt

      They paid good money for this post. I guess if they had paid better money the boss would have hired someone with some knowledge of the facts.

  • Brad

    Springfield Armory (SA) was in MA and closed in 1968. They built a lot of guns for the government.
    Springfield Armory, Inc (SAI) is in IL and will be closed in 2018. The donated money to anti-gunners and sold their customer base and dealers down the river. The have NEVER built a gun for the government.

    • Jared Vynn

      Or both.

    • javierjuanmanual

      Wrong. Feds use trp 1911.

      • Raptor Fred

        Yep in the 90’s sparkle motion champion of the “truth” Punisher war journal was a great comic.

      • Anonymoose

        No, they use the Professional Model, of which the TRP is the budget version.

        • Jared Vynn

          Which on the bright side proves the 1911 is still relevant. 1911 Master race!!!

      • Brad

        Buying COTS isn’t the same as designing, testing , and producing guns for the government.

    • Rogertc1

      We all hate guns..shut it down

      • BrandonAKsALot

        How’s it going Roger? I think you are mistaken. We don’t hate all guns, we just choose to hate the guns anyone else likes, so we can argue about it on the internet to feel knowledgeable. Feel free to join in. All you have to do is pick a side that seems cool and go! You really don’t have to no much besides a few points you can regurgitate over and over. 9mm vs 45acp, AR vs AK, 1911 vs Glock. The possibilities are endless.

        • Rogertc1

          Going good…how you doing since your Hillary LOST

  • Duro Sig

    get over the SA/RIA fiasco. Their CEO apologized, move on…

    • Brad

      “get over the SA/RIA fiasco.”
      Goes to show how much you understand the “fiasco”.
      It wasn’t RIA, it was RRA (Rock River Arms).

      • Duro Sig

        Whoever. I’d be more concerned about Pat MacNamara’s willingness to compromise on gun rights, Than this noise. The issue has been addressed. Time to move on.

        • Raptor Fred

          There is no “moving on” Treachery will be dealt with. MAKE THEM NOT MAKE $$ Duro Sig 1st time poster paid by?

        • RSG

          We can walk and chew gum at the same time. The difference is that PatMac is one man with little to no influence. SA and RRA are actually assisting for the destruction of the second amendment in Illinois.

          • Raptor Fred

            TRUTH. And the absolute causation.

        • Raptor Fred

          Go away, you embarrass everything related to your presence.

        • SPQR9

          Its not “whoever”. Rock Island is a company that sells good value 1911’s manufactured in the Phillipines. They had no reason to cut a deal with the Illinois state legislature.

          • Raptor Fred

            Truth AF

          • Edward Franklin

            It’s Rock River, not Rock Island. At this rate Rock Island will need to change their name because of reading comprehension.

          • Edward Franklin

            It’s Rock River, not Rock Island. At this rate Rock Island will need to change their name because of reading comprehension.

    • BigChiefCrazyBeard

      Do you even know what the “fiasco” was about? I ask because you seem to be unclear as to who it involved. SA and RRA dropped opposition to this legislation because the were offered excemption from it. Dropping their opposition resulted in the bill passing. The purpose of the legislation was to ban private firearm transfers and put smaller Gun sellers out of business. The lobbying organization that worked out this deal was created and funded by SSA/RRA, supposedly without their knowledge. Do you believe that these two companies pump money into THEIR lobbying group yet have no idea what it is doing??? The apology is bullshit. SA/RRA are not sorry they did it, they are sorry they caught caught, they are sorry that they are losing sales.
      Your statement is uninformed and ridiculous.
      People have moved on. They have moved on to supporting gun companies that support the gun community.

      • javierjuanmanual

        Why didnt anyone else lobby?

        They were holding their money, mom and pop, not contributing, and wanted SA and RI to pay to keep ma and pa in business?

        Please delve into this more, tell me other instances where it works like this.

      • QuadGMoto

        Do you not realize that the whole point of creating a separate group is so they pay attention to their main job of manufacturing without having to spend all their time worrying about the sausage factory details of lobbying? What more can you expect from a company than to yank all support from a lobbying group if they’ve been betrayed (which is exactly what they did in only two business days)?

    • RSG

      I’ll move on when they either file for bankruptcy or they sell the company to an unaffiliated party AND they release the sales documents to the public to prove it.

      • Raptor Fred

        It treachery caught straight up! All the Illinois gat $$ playboys like Rob Letham are trying to do damage control for the “American Family company” This money ride is over. Too many American companies that MAKE GUNS IN AMERICA want this market role. Springfield is DEAD DRAIN THAT SWAMP.

    • Raptor Fred

      No hoe I wont

    • QuadGMoto

      Gun grabbers have a new tactic. They no longer have to work to destroy the gun industry. All they have to do is manage to paint the manufacturers as insufficiently zealous for the 2nd Amendment—even if only once and by association—then sit back as we destroy the companies for them.

      • Zack mars

        Thats not how it works.

  • Taylor Hardin

    BREAKING: The Firearm Blog over uses this to get people’s attention and should use something else like “New Product Alert”.

  • Orion Quach

    Ridiculously ignorant or just a troll posting this article in not knowing the diffence between Springfield Armory of today and years before.

    • RSG

      Not to mention overlooking the traitorous activities of SA. That’s called being tone deaf.

  • Dracon1201

    Pull this sponsored crap post. You’d get banned for this in a forum.

    • Raptor Fred

      Thank you!

  • BigChiefCrazyBeard

    The SAINT is an overpriced AR made up of other people’s components, that was late to market. There are better options available at a lower price point, from gunmakers that actually care about the 2nd amendment.

    This article was crap and I hope Springfield Armory paid A LOT for it.

    • Raptor Fred

      And all of my anti Springfield comments not approved.

  • Raptor Fred

    I don’t think this one can be deleted and or manipulated.. People don’t forget.

  • Raptor Fred

    The name Adam Scepaniak. Legitimacy took a hard left look at the name today

  • Raptor Fred

    Schmadam Shcmepaniak just lost all credibility

    • Raptor Fred

      I didn’t want to say this, but I slang rock on the truth corner

  • Uaine

    Springfield armoury never made the m1917 enfield, this article is the worst.

  • Cymond

    I stopped reading the moment you conflated this Springfield Armory with the historic one. Looking again, you should be even more ashamed. Neither iteration of Springfield Armory had anything to do with the creation/adoption of the M-16! It was invented by Armalite and marketed by Colt!

  • Raptor Fred

    Wheres my freakin meme? HAhaha ? Sprangfled can a eat a Galapagos turtle WANG. TREASON Hillary Style

  • Jeffrey Cook

    After starting the second paragraph, I felt nauseous. Has to have been a puff piece that was written or edited by SA. This is some dirty low down stuff. Just like multiple other comments mentioned, you should know your history about SA before writing about them.

    • Raptor Fred

      Thank you, You are not alone. Blind fat kids eating Cheetos era is ending. These companies need to understand Billy Bob Ray Ray can read now and carries a Glock

  • Raptor Fred

    Honestly no one cares. Springfielddds is like the aids. No one wants the aids

  • USMC03Vet

    Hahaha omg the rage in these comments read like 2016 election night from Hillary’s celebration party.

    Springfield Armory, you release a version with PutinLOK you got my money.

  • Don Ward

    I don’t know Adam. I think it is Stone of Shame time!
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BY5vuFJCQAATffL.jpg

  • kreatin

    Does anyone else see the SA flip up sights are remarked UTG pro flip ups?

    • Raptor Fred

      Would you expect anything more than re labeled “quality”

    • Jared Vynn

      You’re right they are utg pro flip ups, but rebranding is part for the course with Springfield.

  • woof

    It pisses me off that they would promote this traitorous company.. AND act like their ar 15 is any different AT ALL from every other at 15, let alone special. “Breaking”? Get out of here with that noise.

  • st381183

    Where’s TFB to chew us all out for poking holes in this “article”. Firearms not politics, boo hoo. You would think the blogs and gun deal sights would just block this crap from being posted.

  • Independent George

    This “article” is a press release. There is no analysis here, no review, just a simple parroting of a couple pages from the Springfield catalog.

    This does not make me want to read TFB. It does not make me want to sponsor you to Patreon. What it does is make me want to ignore it the way I ignore the gun print magazines – when you print fluff, you lose credibility.

  • Geoff Timm

    SA wants to shut down small gun shops and only sell via big box stores.
    Fine.
    Geoff
    Who will never buy another Springfield Armory item.

  • Pseudo

    Yeesh. Looks like you made edits so your article is no longer completely factually incorrect, but now it just reads like garbage. You should have fallen on your sword and just rewritten this as “this is what is going to be on this new AR.” If you think about the history of this entity who’s name SA took then their current offering makes sense? What utter trash. It would make sense only if they had the same pedigree. This is STILL bad and you should feel bad.

  • Brad

    Breaking: TFB posts an article and then heavily edits it after the community calls them on the original lie filled puff piece, without saying they edited the article.

  • Django

    NO MORE SPRINGFIELD articles please!

  • BillC

    Surprised SPRINGFIELD didn’t mark it with something sofa king stupid like putting M-LOK ZONE™ on the handguard.

  • Rogertc1

    Lets ban all guns

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Sounds good Roger. You start by donating all yours to me to dispose of safely. If you have none, you may donate money for me to buy a forge so I that may melt down all those guns and I definitely won’t be using it to create more of them.

  • Reedin

    Looks like a near exact copy of Daniel Defense’s M-lok handguard, but with the added fun of being proprietary and attached to a bunch of f**king traitors.

  • Fin

    Im not buying anything from those traitors

  • PeeDee

    It’s surprising that Springfield Armory made an AR15 because they’re so late to the game that it doesn’t matter at this point. And adding a rail doesn’t make their entry any more important, especially to the point to make an entire blog post about it.

    Maybe they should have a single weekly post just listing all of the inconsequential changes to and variations of AR15’s that every single manufacturer is spinning to dealers and consumers.

    Also the Saint is not an M16 and as far as I know a Springfield Armory made M16 (or Saint) was never used is the Vietnam War, Persian-Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War, or for that matter ever used by any branch of the US Military for any reason. If it was then that is the real news, not this rubbish propaganda piece. TFB needs to find some actual writers to replace the Springfield e-mail blast copy-pasters.

  • Fin

    This is how you lose traffic TFB, by posting garbage like this. Also stop with the no politics bullshit, its time to grow a pair and step into the ring

  • Uniform223

    After reading the comments here, people are acting like a bunch of “triggered” whiney cry baby far left liberals.

    • Zack mars

      Why, are they employees of Springfield armory?

  • Bierstadt54

    I did not know about what Springfield had done until now. I like the Saint, but I will not support 2nd Amendment sellouts. What the heck were they thinking!?

  • ozzallos .

    Needs moar GRIPZONE.

  • Beomoose

    Name issues aside, this looks like a very cromulent rifle for the price.

  • Raptor Fred
  • Madcap_Magician

    Even now this is still terrible. “The Springfield Armory name has always provided true battle rifles for the United States”? Followed by a list of SA rifles and the wars they’ve been used in?

    OK guy. Even if we let the battle rifle vs. assault rifle issue slide, that’s totally inaccurate. SAI is producing an AR-15 rifle now, but it’s certainly never supplied any of them to the U.S. military. The fact that the U.S. military uses a similar design does not by any stretch of the imagination mean that SAI is provided ‘battle rifles for the United States’ any more than it means Olympic Arms is providing ‘battle rifles for the United States.’

    Good grief.

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    Had to keep up with the new MSR15 Recon that retails for less . . .

  • Cole Dedhand

    Springfield Armory is dead to me.

  • Justy

    Is this article a joke? Springfield surprised absolutely no one by releasing a perfectly generic AR-15 following a bombastic marketing campaign. When I’m reading paid advertising, I’d like to know it, especially with sellout companies like Springfield.

  • Im just here for the memes

    I don’t understand this comments section. SA and RRA started a lobbying group 25 years ago. That lobbying group blocked MANY anti-gun bills over the past 25 years in the state of Illinois. Now, why would 2 companies, who have obviously supported the 2nd Am., just suddenly flip on a dime? The President of SA, put out a video not too long ago, apologizing for their mistake. He said the man in charge of the lobbying group “did not understand the significance of the bill”, probably meaning he took generous “donations” from some liberal group to support the bill, as to ruin SA and RRA. The president of SA seemed sincere. But, then again, they could be trying to cover their own butts. Either way, they owned up to their mistake, and promised it will never happen again. Its like S&W back in 2000. making deals with the clintons. Did everyone hate them? Yup. Did they go under? Yup. But they are still around to this day, and now have won back the trust of the people. The same will happen with SA. I’ve read reviews, and personally handled one of these “SAINT” rifles, and i can tell you: They are definitely quality rifles, worth the money. Although, i haven’t handled the new free float. But, i’m willing to bet it’s even better. And, for 150 bucks more? The price, in stores, will most likely be closer to 900-950.