If you think an AR pistol has limited range, think again. I was a bit in awe of this Saint’s accuracy.
At 28.25 inches overall, with the brace fully collapsed, the new Springfield Armory .308 SAINT Victor pistol is a small package perfectly suited for truck-gun duty. A truck gun—in my opinion—needs to perform two roles: defend and harvest. I want a firearm that is capable of doing what’s necessary in a worst-case self-defense situation, and I also want to be able to use that same gun to fill a tag when I decide to try an old hunting spot on a hunch.
Small and powerful is great, but what about muzzle velocity and accuracy? The only way to find out was to shoot it. But first, some details.
Inside, the pistol uses a DI gas system with a carbine-length tube and a low-profile gas block under the aluminum M-LOK handguard. That handguard comes with a forward handstop installed—a useful safety feature, considering the free-floating barrel is only 10.3 inches.
The upper and lower receivers are forged 7075 T6 aluminum and have an anodized Type III hardcoat. The upper includes an integrated top rail for optics.The five-position adjustable SBA3 brace from SB Tactical makes this pistol really versatile, as the LOP can be adjusted from 6.75 to 9.5 inches.
The pistol includes a BCMGUNFIGHTER Mod 3 pistol grip and a nickel-boron-coated flat trigger with a pull weight of 6.5 pounds by the specs, but it felt a bit lighter. This is a duty-style trigger, which is appropriate for a defensive gun.
The abbreviated barrel has a 1:10 twist. A more traditional twist rate for the .308 Win. is 1:12, but that rate has a hard time stabilizing bullets heavier than 175 grains. A 1:10 twist gives you latitude for a wider range of bullet weights. The 1:10 twist will also, most likely, better shoot subsonic rounds, which are usually heavier.
On the muzzle is Springfield’s two-piece Blast Diverter. The gun is loud, but not so much so for the shooter. This pistol rattles the gates of Hell, but that’s what saints are suppose to do. From the user’s perspective, noise and blast are focused forward toward the target, not to the sides or back at the shooter.
I topped the pistol with a Crimson Trace CTS-1000 compact tactical sight with a 2 MOA red-dot and ran the Saint with a Magpul PMAG M3 magazine loaded with 20 rounds of SIG Sauer 168-grain OTM Elite Match Grade ammo.
At 25 yards, fired from a rest, the first group the gun printed could be covered with my thumb. It then produced a 0.99-inch group at 100 yards. Pretty darn impressive.
I shot a variety of ammo through this compact pistol, and even though, as expected, muzzle velocities were lower than those produced by rifle-length barrels, the accuracy was great across a spectrum of bullet weights. The felt recoil was very tolerable, and the pistol’s weight helps soak up some of it, for sure.
I asked a lot from this compact gun, and it performed. This will certainly do well as my new truck gun, and the .308 Saint Victor is definitely a powerful protector. SRP: $1,363.
Performance: Springfield-Armory Saint Victor
|.308 Win. Ammunition Used||Muzzle Velocity (fps)||Avg. Group Size at
100 Yards (inches)
|Hornady TAP 110 TAP FPD||2437||1.5|
|SIG Elite Match Grade 168 OTM||2199||1.1|
|Aguila 150 FMJ-BT||2273||1.2|
|Remington Core-Lokt 150 SP||2402||4.2|
|Hornady Steel Match 155 BTHP||2099||2.1|