Pistol caliber carbines have been growing in popularity for several years. The platform offers multiple attractive benefits, from the convenience and affordability of pistol-caliber ammo to performance and reliability. Unfortunately, shooters who live in restricted states have fewer PCC options available to them. In response, several manufacturers are stepping up to meet consumer demand in restricted states, like California, with options that satisfy legal requirements. The latest example from Springfield is the new California-compliant SAINT Victor 9mm carbine.
To comply with California restrictions, Springfield swapped out a few features from the original SAINT Victor. Specifically, the standard telescoping carbine stock, standard pistol grip, and standard capacity magazine have been replaced with a Magpul fixed stock, a Strike Industries California-compliant pistol grip, and a Colt-pattern steel 10-round magazine.
The California-compliant SAINT Victor 9mm carbine features forged 7075-T6 aluminum dedicated 9mm upper and lower receivers. Chambered for 9mm, the carbine employs a direct blowback system of operation instead of the typical AR-15 direct gas impingement operating system. The carbine’s Melonite-coated 16” barrel employs a SA Muzzle Drum, recessed under the carbine’s free-floated, full-length handguard. For the addition of optics, the handguard features ample M-LOK slots. Each SAINT ships from the factory with spring-loaded backup iron sights.
“This new SAINT Victor 9mm Carbine adds another option to the SAINT Victor line for residents of the state of California,” said Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “Featuring the rugged performance of a direct blowback system, the SAINT Victor in 9mm makes for a great addition to any California firearms enthusiast’s collection.”
- Caliber: 9mm
- Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz.
- Overall length: 32.75 inches
- Barrel: 16-inch CMV, Melonite, 1:10
- Sights: Low profile spring-loaded adjustable flip-up
- Bolt Carrier Group: 9mm Blowback
- Handguard: Aluminum free float with SA Locking tabs, M-LOK
- Stock: Magpul fixed
- Safety Switch: Ambidextrous
- Trigger Guard: B5 Systems, polymer
- Grip: Strike Industries
Priced at an MSRP of $1,299, the new California-compliant SAINT Victor 9mm Carbine brings PCC performance to the proven Victor line of AR-pattern firearms for California shooters.