SHOT Show 2015: It’s the small things that count . . .

One booth I always visit when I am at SHOT Show is the Alexander Arms booth. I went to see the new Ulfbehrt rifle and to see what was new with the 6.5 Grendel, but when Bill Alexander dropped an AR firing pin into my hand, I immediately felt a big advantage. The advantage I felt can be seen in this photo:


Can you see the advantage? The Alexander Arms Tactical AR-15 firing pin is designed for flawless function in cold weather conditions. The design reduces surface contact for cold, sticky oil, and also gives carbon, sand, and brass shavings a place to go if the AR-15 gets extremely dirty, improving function in dirty conditions as well.

This might not seem to be a big deal, but this small improvement can pay off in a big way when you need to depend on your rifle to function in cold or dirty conditions. These firing pins have been tested in extremely cold temperatures, and have even been tested by freezing water inside the bolt and carrier, which stops standard firing pins from functioning, yet these firing pins functioned fine.

. . . and the big!


The Ulfberht was, of course, the famous Viking sword that incorporated technology far beyond its time. In fact it was likely the most advanced sword of its time, and it is only recently that researchers have begun to understand how the swords may have been made.

The Alexander Arms Ulfberht rifle, like its namesake, advances another type of weaponry – the long-range .338 Lapua rifles. The Ulfberht rifle is a semi-auto .338 Lapua rifle that is capable of bolt-action accuracy. Ballistically superior to and much lighter than a semi-auto .50 caliber rifle, the Ulfberht with its flash hider recoils like a .243 rifle. This is very important, because it means that the familiar recoil, muzzle blast, concussion, and dust signature common with .50 caliber or even other .338 Lapua rifles is avoided. There is evidence now that the concussion resulting from .50 Caliber rifles and their large brakes can actually cause brain injury with heavy use.

The Ulfberht rifle is fairly simple and robust, innovative in its design, and takes advantage of a proven system of operation.

Alexander Arms Ulfberht .338 Lapua Rifle

Alexander Arms Ulfberht .338 Lapua Rifle

And everything in between.

Alexander Arms Rifles

Alexander Arms Rifles

Alexander Arms Blade Trigger.

Alexander Arms Blade Trigger.

Alexander Arms had several variation of their 6.5 Grendel rifles on display, including their 18″ hunter model, designed to be light and well-balanced, designed to be ideal for most hunting. This model includes a side charging handle as well as a standard AR charging handle, and Alexander Arm’s excellent trigger.

AA Side Charging 6.5 Grendel Hunter

AA Side Charging 6.5 Grendel Hunter

The Incursion is a very lightweight 16″ 6.5 Grendel rifle. The balance on both the Hunter and the Incursion rifles is excellent, and either would be an excellent hunting rifle choice for a child or smaller adult who has trouble with heavier rifles.

Of course, the .50 Beowulf is a hard-hitting beast in a light, handy, mild-recoiling carbine, and the .17 HMR AR-15s are just too cool.


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