Alexander Arms announces the departure of the Company’s founder and Chief Engineer, Bill Alexander. He is leaving to assume a new position with-in the defense industry.
Alexander Arms thanks Bill for his years of dedicated service and innovation both to the Company and the broader firearms industry and wishes him well as he assumes his new position.
Bill leaves the company well positioned to continue to provide the high level of quality, innovation and customer service that Alexander Arms is known for.
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Radford, VA 24141
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For those that are not familiar with Bill Alexander, he developed the 6.5 Grendel cartridge with cooperation from Lapua, Finland. Here’s my article on the WPA steel case 6.5 Grendel ammo.
It’s a damn good economical ammo for both extended range shooting and hunting. It’s a bargain for 25 cents a round. Bill Alexander helped WPA in developing this affordable 6.5 Grendel load, as well as did most of the testing works for them.
The new $399 WPA AR-15 upper in 6.5 Grendel. A nitrided bolt carrier group and charging handle are included in the deal. My sample shown here works faultlessly with the steel case 6.5 Grendel ammo.
Shooting the Alexander Arms short-barrel 6.5 Grendel rifle at an industry event. This SBR was nicknamed the “Smurf” by everyone there. When fired from a SBR like this, a 120 grain 6.5 Grendel projectile at 300 yards down-range had more energy than a 5.56mm bullet at the muzzle fired from a rifle length barrel.
Bill Alexander is also credited for co-developed the Rainier Ballistic’s “The Wedge” affordable expanding subsonic Blackout projectile.
The other work by Bill Alexander includes that he was the first to developed an AR-15 chambers in the Russian 5.45x39mm caliber. In fact, when Smith & Wesson made their M&P AR-15 in 5.45×39 caliber, it was based on Bill Alexander’s developmental works.
The Alexander Arms Ulfberht semi-automatic .338 Lapua Mag precision rifle. It uses a long-stroke gas system with an action that uses a set of Degtyaryov locking flaps. While the basic design was started by someone else, it was Bill Alexander that finished its development and made a functional gun from that.
A frozen Ulfberht waiting to be tested in Bill Alexander’s lab.
No words on where Bill Alexander is heading to in the defense industry yet, and we wish him the best in his new endeavor.