6 Common Springfield Saint Victor Problems And How To Fix Them

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I’ve put Springfield Saint Victor through tests out in the field. Let me tell ya; it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Testing brought us face-to-face with the good, the bad, and the downright frustrating.

Throughout my experience, I stumbled upon a few pesky problems. I’ve seen issues with failure to feed, ejection failures, stovepiping, bolt carrier group malfunctions, and jamming. Oh boy, the list goes on. 

I am here to share my hands-on experience, help you understand the common problems with this firearm, and guide you in mitigating these issues. I’m excited to delve into this together!

Table of Springfield Saint Victor Problems

ProblemsOne-Line Solutions
Jamming IssuesLubricate the receiver and bolt, let it sit, then unjam using a quarter-inch wooden dowel.
Ejection FailureRegularly clean the chamber and clear any obstruction in the ejection port.
Failure to FeedRegularly and thoroughly clean the magazines, and inspect the magazine’s lip for any damage.
Stovepiping ProblemsUse Winchester .223 or 5.56 ammunition and avoid racking the slide when a stovepipe occurs.
Bolt Carrier Group (BCG) MalfunctionReturn the malfunctioning BCG to the company for an upgraded version.
Front Rail Alignment IssueInspect the inside of the lower next to the takedown peg and tighten up the adjustment screw according to instructions provided.

Top 6 Springfield Saint Victor Problems & Solutions

1. Jamming Issues

In the field, I have witnessed some frustrating moments with Saint Victor. One key issue I frequently came across was jamming. 

Often, the bolt became partially jammed in the forward position; that’s no fun at all. 

We’d aim, pull the trigger, and I got nothing instead of the satisfying report of a fired round. Or worse, it would fire and then jam on the next attempt. 

This inconsistent performance was a real dampener; I can tell you that.


Okay, so what’s the fix for this sticky situation? Well, if the firearm is loaded, always remember safety first. Keep that muzzle pointed away from anyone and get it to a gunsmith. 

Now, if the gun is unloaded, here’s what worked for us: I lubricated the receiver and bolt with Rem Oil and let it sit for a while. 

Then, I gently inserted a quarter-inch wooden dowel from the muzzle end to the bolt face. A little tap-tap-tap with a hammer on the other end of the dowel, and voila! The bolt came loose. A sigh of relief, believe me.

2. Ejection Failure

So, moving right along, I’ve also faced a recurrent failure to eject issue with the Saint Victor. 

Ever cleared a spent shell casing from a jammed chamber, only for it to jam again almost instantly? 

This stubborn refusal to eject spent casings got in the way of smooth shooting and quickly sapped the joy out of the experience.


Alright, onto the good stuff – the solution. The trouble often came from a dirty chamber or ejection port obstruction. 

So, I quickly learned the value of regular cleaning. The gun doesn’t take care of itself, you know! Once the chamber was clean and obstruction-free, the ejection issues diminished. 

3. Failure to Feed 

Another speed bump I hit while out testing Saint Victor was the dreaded failure to feed issue. It was as if the firearm had a mind of its own, stubbornly refusing to feed about once every 70 rounds or so. 

And the reasons varied from a dusty chamber, a dry BCG, to a suspicious batch of PMC Bronze. But the most common culprit? A dirty magazine.


So, what did I do to troubleshoot this feeding fiasco? The fix was surprisingly straightforward. It all boiled down to frequent and thorough cleaning of the magazines. 

Dusty or sandy environments can quickly gunk up the works, so keeping them squeaky clean became my mantra. 

Inspecting the magazine’s lip for damage also proved helpful, as any rough spots can cause feeding issues. 

A quick once-over with a file or emery cloth, and those problem spots were history. Clean magazine, less feeding issues. Simple as that.

4. Stovepiping Problems

Let’s talk about the ever-irksome “stovepipe” malfunction. I found the Saint Victor to exhibit this fault quite regularly. It’s a jarring experience to have a spent casing not eject far enough or quick enough. 

Can’t say it made for a reliable shooting experience. With every 3rd to 6th round, I’d come across a stovepipe or a round that simply wouldn’t eject. The odd thing? With some ammo, the firearm worked just fine, but with others, the issue became way worse.


So, onto the fix. The Saint Victor played nice with Winchester .223 ammunition. Even Winchester 5.56 performed nearly flawlessly. 

So, I’d recommend trying these. Here’s a tip: when the stovepipe occurs, resist the urge to rack the slide. 

Trust me, it can lead to a double feed malfunction that’s a pain to remove and leaves live ammo strewn on the ground. 

5. BCG Malfunction

I am down to mylast major hurdle – the bolt carrier group or BCG malfunction. This little devil caused us quite a bit of grief. 

If your Victor doesn’t have the right Bolt Carrier Group and it starts misbehaving, it’s a safe bet the BCG’s to blame. This realization hit us like a punch in the gut out in the field. 

A malfunctioning BCG can severely compromise the functionality of the firearm.


Alright, so how do I deal with this pesky issue? There’s a surprisingly simple fix. Send it back to the company. Ask for the upgraded BCG.

From my experience, the rounder BCG (the one you get when you buy a non-Victor Saint) works a treat. Don’t let a malfunctioning BCG rain on your parade. I sure didn’t!

6. Front Rail Alignment Issue

Finally, let’s move on to a more structural concern. Out in the field, I noticed the rail interface between the upper receiver and handguard was misaligned. 

An annoyance, to be sure, especially when it meant optics couldn’t be slid on from the front. Add to that; I saw a gap between the upper and lower receiver. 


So, onto the fix. The solution requires a little patience and a keen eye. You need to examine the inside of the lower next to the takedown peg. 

There’s a tiny post there, the top of an adjustment screw used to tighten up the fit. The instructions provide the details on how to access it and tighten up that minor “slop.” With a little bit of reading and a few twists, the problem was resolved.


In the world of firearms, the Springfield Saint Victor has indeed proven itself a worthy contender. Its strengths are many but, as with all things in life, it’s not without its challenges. 

Jamming, ejection failures, failure to feed, stovepiping, BCG malfunctions, and front rail alignment issues – I’ve experienced them all in the field. 

Yet, every problem had a solution, and in troubleshooting these, I’ve found that often, the fixes were surprisingly simple and largely came down to regular maintenance and a keen understanding of the firearm. 


Is Springfield Saint Victor good?

Yes, Springfield’s Saint Victor 5.56 consistently ranks high among the best ARs due to its durable bolt assembly, low-profile gas system, premium triggers, and M-Lok handguard.

Is Springfield Armory Saint Victor a good gun?

Absolutely, the Springfield Saint Victor boasts a refined Mil-Spec design with a smooth, grit-free pull trigger and excellent control.

Is the Springfield Saint discontinued?

Yes, the Springfield SAINT® Edge ATC Elite AR-15 Rifle has been discontinued.

What is the difference between Springfield Armory St Victor and St Edge?

The Victor carbine features a muzzle brake due to popular trends, while the Edge has a flash hider. Both are chambered for 5.56 ammunition.

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I'm Micheal, an avid shooter and hunting enthusiast from Texas. I'm a recreational shooter who loves to spend time at the range and enjoy learning about new firearms and gears. I love to write about guns and share my passion for shooting with others.

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