New Springfield Armory SA-16A2 5.56mm Rifle: First Look – Firearms News


Springfield Armory is proud to announce the launch of the SA-16A2 5.56mm, inspired by the M16A2 rifle — one of the most capable and iconic firearms in history. Built to exacting standards, the SA-16A2 offers shooters the opportunity to own a piece of history while enjoying the performance and reliability of a modern semi-automatic firearm. Made from forged 7075 T6 aluminum, the upper receiver of the rifle features the classic A2-style fixed carry handle with an integrated rear sight. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation, while its dual aperture design facilitates accurate shooting at varying distances.

Adding to the appeal of the rifle, the forged 7075 T6 aluminum lower receiver features unique “Government Property” markings as well as a non-functional “burst” selector marking ­­— inspired by the three-shot burst modification of the M16A2 rifle. To enhance performance, the Accu-Tite™ tensioning system eliminates any movement between the upper and lower receivers. The round, ribbed handguard of the SA-16A2 features integral aluminum heat shields and facilitates comfortable handling and maneuverability in various shooting positions. The forend houses the 20” chrome-lined barrel with a 1:7” twist and M4 feed ramps as well as a rifle-length gas system, for both accuracy and reliability.

For increased endurance and enhanced performance, the SA-16A2 features an M16-pattern bolt carrier group, with a Carpenter 158 steel bolt and staked gas key. High-pressure tested and magnetic particle inspected (HPT/MPI), it ensures consistent performance and durability. Rounding out the package is a bayonet lug on the A2-pattern front sight assembly, A2-pattern pistol grip and buttstock, and an A2-pattern “birdcage” flash hider with no slots at the lower 6 o’clock position. A single aluminum-bodied 30-round magazine is included with each rifle.

“The SA-16A2 takes what made the A2 upgrade of the M16 rifle so great and adds some subtle — but significant — enhancements for today’s shooters,” said Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “If you want a rifle that exudes classic appeal yet delivers modern performance, the SA-16A2 is the right choice.” MSRP of the rifle is $1,249. 


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