The Saint is Now Available in FDE

Saint FDE

Springfield Armory recently announce the company was building the Saint AR-style rifle with flat dark earth (FDE) furniture. The new gun is similar to the base model, but with the polymer handguard, stock and pistol grip with the FDE color. The barrel, receivers and other metal parts keep the black finish.

As with the original rifle, this gun is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge. It has a 16″ barrel with a 1:8″ twist and M4 style feed ramps. The gun is direct impingement with a mid length gas system. Up front is a front sight tower while the company uses a folding aperture sight in the rear.

Compared to other AR rifles in this range, there are a few nice add ons. For example, the trigger is nickel boron coated. Also, Springfield Armory has a tension device to remove slop between the upper and lower receivers.

The FDE furniture is provided by Bravo Company. The stock is adjustable with six different positions to match your desired length of pull. The pistol grip is a Mod 3. The handguard is a drop in style design with KeyMod attachment points. Like the base model rifle, this gun weighs in at 6 pounds 11 ounces (unloaded) and has a suggested retail price of $899.





Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Xerxes036

    Brace yourselves the Springfield bashers are coming!!!

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I would only brace myself if we were talking about a pistol.

      • Joe

        “AR15, now with different colored plastic!”
        FDE the upper and lower and get back to me, Springfield.

    • john huscio

      Wouldn’t be any reason to bash them if they weren’t f**king over gunowners.

      • Xerxes036

        Just pointing out what was bound to be coming on this thread.

  • PK

    I’m still disappointed that the Saint is just another AR. Now it’s available in another color.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Wait, wasnt the reason for making M-Lok that Keymod doesnt work on plastic?

    Why then do we have keymod in the plastic?

  • Russ

    Yuk!

  • it’s just Boris

    …and I still don’t want one.

  • Major Tom

    I can no longer associate the term FDE with Flat Dark Earth after hearing it described as Full Diaper Explosion like a month or so ago.

    • PK

      It’s this decade’s “avocado”. I’ll always think of that particular shade of the 70s as “baby vomit green”.

    • feetpiece _

      I’ve seen one or two coyotes in my day but never one that had a full “Coyote Brown” coat.

    • iksnilol

      And you suddenly made me want FDE.

      • Beju

        Wait, I thought your fetish was James Reeves.

        • iksnilol

          James in FDE 😉

  • kjfhsdkljhf

    Nothing wrong with the gun, IMO, but is this really news?

  • MrBrassporkchop

    Never really “got” into the whole FDE thing.

    • Vitsaus

      Keyboard commandos wanting to ape the guys who are actually part of the global war on terror.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Precisely correct.

    • PK

      Nor did I, but now that so much FDE furniture gets placed on sale, then clearance, it’s a great base to paint. Cheaper and easier than painting black furniture!

    • john huscio

      Different colors are good….what do you have against capitalism?

      • MrBrassporkchop

        Nothing against choice. It’s just that the choices are limited to black and a boring color.

    • ostiariusalpha

      It’s been around as a popular color for about 150 years, it simply had its name changed to the more buzz-wordy Flat Dark Earth. In reality, it’s just khaki.

    • It blends in with the Southwestern or Interior Western environment.

      • Zack mars

        It blends in everywhere

  • Phillip Cooper

    *yawn*

  • Trevor

    Not really a fan of all this religious themed gun stuff. Intertwining war and religion is not a good idea. We’ve been in a lot of wars recently with people who like to do that.

    • Rock or Something

      That is quite honestly the least of Springfield Armory’s current problems.

  • UWOTM8

    “Mediocre AR that nobody asked for is now available in a color that has already saturated the market”

    • RogUinta

      “From a company nobody wants to buy from.”

  • john huscio

    Nope

  • AC97

    Aside from the fact that it should be called the Springfield Judas, for obvious reasons, why would you want this?

    Especially considering the fact that it has Keymod on it, which looks really stupid in addition to being less durable.

  • David G

    Game Changer.

  • BeenThereDoneThat

    SO WHAT??? What is with all this different color crap? Is a gun going to do something special in one color that it wouldn’t do in another??? Don’t like the color? Answer: Krylon Spray!!! Not the right shade, Krylon Spray! No matter WHAT color one picks, there is the very real fact that there WILL be shades of different pieces of hardware on the same damn gun!!! Set it up for winter, what the hell you going to do in summer, spring, fall? I don’t know/understand what this fascination is with what color(s) a gun has!!! AND, this is NOT my first, second, third rodeo… I am a lot closer to my last rodeo than my first, by a long stretch!

    None those external items will make anyone a better shot!!! As an example, SIG has about a dozen variations of their P238! But, if it isn’t available in a certain color or feature, fugetaboutit! They are to busy making another color. I don’t know how we survived this long with blued, nickel and stainless!!!

  • BeenThereDoneThat

    SO WHAT??? What is with all this different color crap? Is a gun going to do something special in one color that it wouldn’t do in another??? Don’t like the color? Answer: Krylon Spray!!! Not the right shade, Krylon Spray! No matter WHAT color one picks, there is the very real fact that there WILL be shades of different pieces of hardware on the same damn gun!!! Set it up for winter, what the hell you going to do in summer, spring, fall? I don’t know/understand what this fascination is with what color(s) a gun has!!! AND, this is NOT my first, second, third rodeo… I am a lot closer to my last rodeo than my first, by a long stretch!

    None those external items will make anyone a better shot!!! As an example, SIG has about a dozen variations of their P238! But, if it isn’t available in a certain color or feature, fugetaboutit! They are to busy making another color. I don’t know how we survived this long with blued, nickel and stainless!!!

    I have Choat/Plaster Ultimate Sniper stock that was only available in left hand, mossy green! It is now black and NO ONE can tell how it got that way!!! The shooting characteristics have not changed one whit! I either hit what I am aiming at or I missed since I made mistake on something in making the shot!!!

    What is next, a gun bag like for golf clubs? I need my .338 for this shot, but’ dang. I left it back at the clubhouse!!!

    What a bunch of Waa, Waa, BS! I’d hate to be out in the sandbox with someone who didn’t have their gun in the “color d’jour” and couldn’t make the shot!!! JFC!!!