Springfield Armory announced their new rifle, the SAINT Edge ATC chambered in .223 Wylde. ATC on the rifle stands for “Accurized Tactical Chassis,” and the rifle is touted as extremely accurate. So much so that it is guaranteed by Springfield for sub-MOA accuracy when shot with match-grade ammo by a skilled shooter.
The AR-style rifle has a patented monolith chassis that has a one-piece aluminum lower. The new design allows the barrel to drop into the lower and free float along with the barrel nut and gas system. The importance of this design change is that those components will not come in contact with the lower chassis and will be free from issues regarding external pressure when shooting from a supported position. Additionally, the ATC has a tensioning system that allows adjustment to reduce any play within the lower chassis and upper receiver.
The SAINT Edge ATC comes standard with a B5 Systems Enhanced SOPMOD collapsible stock and a match trigger. Along with the B5 stock, it has a B5 Type 23 P-Grip and a 20-round MagPul PMAG. The rifle comes in a black finish, but there is an Elite model that comes in Coyote Brown. The Elite variant comes with the Cerakote Coyote Brown finish with a LaRue 2-Stage trigger and a B5 Systems Precision stock. The Elite Edition also comes standard with the B5 Type grip and MagPul magazines.
Both models of the ATC have a Ballistic Advantage 18” Melonite coated barrel with a 1:7 twist rate adding to the reported increase in accuracy. The chambering of the barrel allows for shooting both .223 as well as 5.56 NATO rounds, without loss of precision.
“The SAINT Edge ATC, in both standard and Elite versions, gives precision rifle shooters a great new option that maximizes the performance of the AR rifle,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “With guaranteed sub-MOA performance, the ATC is must-have addition to the collection of every serious precision shooter.”
Rounding out the rifle’s look is a full-length top Picatinny rail and a shorter rail at the 6 o’clock position for under mounting accessories (such as a bipod). The lower chassis also has a flared magwell. Overall, it looks like a pretty versatile rifle addition from Springfield.
- Name: SAINT Edge ATC/SAINT Edge ATC Elite
- Caliber: .223 Wylde
- Color: Black/Cerakote Coyote Brown
- Barrel: 18” Ballistic Advantage 1:7 twist
- Handguard: Integral to ATC Chassis, M-Lok
- Trigger: Flat Modular Match/LaRue MBT Flat 2 Stage
- Charging Handle: GI Style
- Buffer: Carbine “H” Heavy Tungsten Buffer
The Springfield SAINT Edge ATC in black comes in at $1,549 and the SAINT Edge ATC Elite comes in at $1,899, both MSRP.