Springfield Armory’s latest rifle, the SAINT Edge ATC, is here to deliver maximum precision from the AR platform.
Springfield Armory has just announced the release of the SAINT Edge ATC, an AR-style precision rifle chambered for .223 Wylde. ATC stands for “Accurized Tactical Chassis”, and it’s this unique system that gives the SAINT its edge. Springfield guarantees that the new rifle can deliver sub-MOA three-shot groups with a good shooter and match-grade ammo.
Accurized Tactical Chassis
The SAINT Edge ATC chassis system is of monolithic design and machined from 6061 T6 aluminum, serving as both the rifle’s lower receiver and handguard. This allows the barrel to be completely free-floated by eliminating any contact between the lower receiver and the barrel, barrel nut or gas system. The lower receiver portion of the ATC uses standard AR components and magazines, and the handguard has a section of Picatinny rail at the bottom for mounting a bipod. The handguard also has a few M-LOK slots near the top.
The SAINT Edge ATC also has what Springfield calls the Accu-Tite Plus tensioning system, a series of set screws that ensure a tight, solid lockup between the upper and ATC lower. These systems combined are at the heart of the SAINT Edge and the key to making a maximally accurate AR-style rifle.
While it’s the new chassis system that makes the SAINT Edge unique, any precision rifle also needs a good barrel. In this case, it’s an 18-inch Ballistic Advantage with a 1:7 twist and .223 Wylde chamber. The chamber makes the SAINT Edge compatible with both .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO, and the twist rate is ideal for stabilizing heavier match-grade projectiles.
SAINT Edge Options
Springfield has announced two variants of the SAINT Edge ATC, a standard version and the SAINT EDGE ATC Elite. Both versions share the same ATC system and barrel and should have the same inherent mechanical accuracy, but the Elite version comes with a few more tricks up its sleeve.
Besides coming in a Coyote Brown Cerakote finish rather than the standard model’s black, the Elite model also has a LaRue 2-Stage trigger and collapsible B5 Systems Precision Stock. These are a bit of an upgrade over the standard model’s flat match trigger and B5 Systems Enhanced SOPMOD stock. Both models include A B5 Systems Type 23 P-Grip.
The final difference between the rifles is their price point. The standard model has an MSRP of $1,549 and the Elite model is $1,899. Both models come with one 20-round PMAG and are available now.
For more on Springfield Armory, please visit springfield-armory.com.
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