She’s No Angel

The Saint Pistol’s 1:7″ twist Melonite-treated 416R barrel is a mere 7.5″ long and equipped with blast diverter to channel sound, concussion and debris away from the shooter. The receiver extension has an SB Tactical SBX-K brace to help stabilize the pistol for accurate shooting. Overall length is 26.5″ with a weight of 5.5 lbs. The upper receiver is forged Type III hard-coat anodized 7075 T6 aluminum while the lower receiver’s of the same material and fitted with the “Accutite Tension System.”

The gas system’s a direct impingement pistol-length system with a low-profile pinned gas block under a free-floated M-LOK handguard sporting a hand stop. The trigger is nickel-boron coated and the trigger guard and the pistol grip are from Bravo Company. The Saint is exceptionally well made with no looseness or rattling. It just seems to be solid all the way around. It ships with one 30-round magazine, is packed in a soft MSR pistol case and has an MSRP of $989.

I found the Saint Pistol worked flawlessly with factory ammunition, but I ran into problems with reloads I have run in .223 chambered rifles with no problems. My loads would chamber, but the gun would not fire and there were no strikes visible on the primers. We had to take it apart to remove a chambered round.

All of my ammunition previous to this had been reloaded using RCBS standard dies. The answer was a set of RCBS Small Base dies, and I also added a Lee Factory Crimp Die. This solved all the problems. In comparing the base diameters of Black Hills Match factory loads, my standard loads and those assembled with the Small Base dies, I found my original loads to be 1½ thousandths larger than factory while my new loads were 1/2 thousandths smaller than the factory loads. The new loads worked perfectly.