German AR-style rifles in .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua Magnum by Albert Arms

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Albert Arms is a firearms manufacturer located in Schweinfurt, Germany. They produce AR-style rifles chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum called ALR-300 and ALR-338 respectively.

Both guns are short stroke gas piston operated and have AR-style bolt carrier group. However, they have some unique features, different from traditional AR-15/AR-10 design. As an instance, the bolt incorporates two rows of locking lugs and dual ejector, which definitely makes it a stronger, more reliable and safer design for the calibers it is chambered in. It also has a spring-loaded firing pin.

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The rifles also feature ambidextrous controls: side charging folding handle, safety selector, magazine catch and bolt catch buttons.

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The gas system is adjustable with a hole in the valve extension, which fits the cartridge neck. It allows quick adjustments of the system in field conditions.

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Takedown pin has a groove matching the rimcut of the cartridge, which allows using a cartridge case to pull the takedown pin out, in case of tight or stuck one.

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Both rifles lack forward assist and have a spring-loaded cover for charging handle channel, which hinge opens upward to allow the charging handle tail to run over the buffer tube when pulled back.

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Below are some pictures from Albert Arms website showing different stock, muzzle device and color options, as well as a couple of videos:

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Overall, these guns have several unique parts and solutions, which set them apart from other AR based large caliber firearms. Innovations combined with German quality should generate some demand for them if introduced in US market.

contacts

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www.waffen-albert.de

Waffen Albert GmbH
Am Stichlein 9
97424 Schweinfurt, Germany

E-Mail: info@waffen-albert.de

Phone: +49 (0)9721 47 63 453



Hrachya H

I was born and currently live in Armenia, where I work in a family business of leather goods manufacturing. Being a retired sergeant of my country’s armed forces and a lifelong firearms enthusiast, I always enjoy studying firearms design, technology and history. Also my knowledge of Russian allows me to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
Should you need to contact me, feel free to shoot me a message at TFBHrachyaH@gmail.com


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  • Chris Cosby

    The rifle is cool but those tv’s that I’m guessing are for spotting in the first video are nuts. I wish a range around here had that, it is a great idea.

    • FarmerB

      Electronic scoring. They use sound at the firing point to trigger the target detectors which use the sound of the shock wave of the bullet at the target to determine the hit location). Every village in Switzerland has a set up like this 🙂

      • iksnilol

        I thought it was lasers? At least that’s how I think the electronic targets I use in Norway work.

        • FarmerB

          Also possible, since SIUS have made then the last few years. Don’t know how costly/reliable they are, but the sound ones have been installed for many years here. I’ve seen somewhere they claim to have no moving parts, so not sure how they work. Norway has too much money 🙂 Actually, one club I shoot at is supposed to be getting new system this year, so might be able to check.

          • iksnilol

            I’mma be honest. I don’t really know the magic. I know there’s a black roll of some fabric like stuff that’s the black of the target. there’s some wires and dohickeys and you get shots on the screen.

  • Oldtrader3

    Employing a 180 grain bullet for the .338 Win Mag is a travesty of misinformation! I do not know anyone whose word I would trust, who would even consider a 180 grain bullet as a reasonable basis for comparing a .338 Mag to a .30-06? What a farce!

  • Evan

    Why would anyone put an EOTech on a rifle like that? It’s not exactly designed for CQB. That’s just adding extra weight that serves no purpose.

    • jono102

      Maritime operations for platform shooting

  • Vitor Roma

    That’s a cool looking bolt.

  • FactChecker90803

    How is this in anyway better then the RND, FD-DEFENCE, or the Noreen .300 or .338 rifles.

    • Anonymoose

      it’s German, so Teutonic Gnome Magics.

      • Der Fuhrer

        Ja!

    • Marc

      How are the RND, FD-DEFENCE or Noreen rifles any better than this?

    • Tommy Vandiver

      Never shot a noreen, but i have read a couple reviews call them crap.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    Bolt action rifles have become obsolete for sniping since so many high-quality semi-autos with sub-MOA accuracy are available now. Oh, wait – these rifles have reciprocating charging handles and are therefore unusable according to the firearm community.

    • micmac80

      semi auto sniper rifles are for different requrements. Semis prod around with sub moa while bolt actions often have sub 0.5moa accuracy , Typicaly you have no need for fast follow op shots that semi auto offers , am willing to trade speed for weight and accuracy . Semi auto in large calibers migth be best used in antimaterial role engaging VBIEDs and simlar.

      • A Fascist Corgi

        1 MOA is all that a sniper really needs. And I’ve seen tons of war porn videos of snipers rapidly engaging targets with their semi-auto sniper rifles. The Travis Haley Blackwater video from Najaf, Iraq is a perfect example.

  • Anonymoose

    Not sure I like that charging handle. Looks uncomfortable.

  • hacedeca

    Their webpage claims, the Albert Arms .338 weighs 7,5 kg – to compare this: the DRD “Kivaari” Sniper Rifle = 6,2 kg…

    Anyway: This is a developing market, the semi-automatic, magnum “sniper rifles”… They all claim to have “sub MOA”, but with so many moving parts and such large calibers, the question is “How long?”.

    • Marc

      The Kivaari has a shorter, thinner barrel.

      • hacedeca

        Yeah, but they claim, to have “sub MOA” too (again: For how long?)

  • mazkact

    When you eleminate the dust cover and add a side charging handle you create two entry points for crap to gunk up a rifle that would be otherwise sealed.

    • jcbauerca

      Didn’t the article say spring load covers for the charging handle channel?

      • mazkact

        Went back and re read it, touche. I still do not see a dust cover on the ejection port and for me that is a deal breaker.

        • jono102

          Is the lack of dust cover so much of an issue? Given the bolt doesn’t have exposed AR style vent hole’s/ports to allow crap and corruption an entry point. The lock up of AR type bolts is pretty well reported and regarded as being very good at sealing out crap. So apart from the charging handle channel it would have about the same amount of egress points for contamination as a bolt action. And on most bolt actions a lot more of the bolt’s body gets exposed externally during the actioning of the rifle than a semi with more possibility of dragging stuff back into the receiver/action.

          • mazkact

            If I ever buy a Lamborghini it will have a windshield.

          • jono102

            Because it was designed to have one and probably wouldn’t function to well without it. I’ve never had a bolt action (service and personal) go down due to not having a dust cover for the bolt. The G36, SCAR and plenty of others seem to function pretty well without them too.

  • Der Fuhrer

    Ich will.

  • jono102

    Semi auto’s firing from a hide can be an interesting affair, brass bouncing off kit etc and then trying to police them up with brass catchers are more trouble than they’re worth in that situation. Ejecting brass and the likes of a reciprocating cocking handle could be an issue for variour firing positions sometime used i.e. lay back or hawkins
    I wonder what the barrel life is like? A .338 can chew through barrels especially when they’ve been used at higher rates. I’ve heard of bolt actions getting cooked under 2000rds from high rates of fire and others still running well over 5000rds when run more conservatively. A semi is more likely to be run that more harder. especially if it has been procured to offer faster follow up shots.
    In a military context, not to keen on a sniper rifle with a non folding stock especially a .338. Its going to spend most its time on a guys back or in a drag bag strapped to a pack. Those 15-20+ cm start to make a difference when your trying to keep it protected and minimizing it and the user profile.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    I want to ask a potentially idiotic question; if you use the charging handle on the right to unload a loaded rifle, won’t the extracted catridge hit your hand, and potentially get somehow stuck inside of the rifle instead?

    • jono102

      Looks like by the time the bolt has rotated and unlocked, the cocking handle is in line with or behind the bolt as it clears the ejection port.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        yes, you are probably right

    • Don

      Well considering it’s an ambi charging handle we’ll let you dwell a little longer on your question… Maybe it’ll come to you…

      • Martin Grønsdal

        Huh? Maybe you misunderstood my question.

        • Ambassador Vader

          He means just use the other side.

          • Martin Grønsdal

            I understand that. However, that is not the point. If the charging handle on the right side somehow could be in conflict with extraction, due to the necessary position of the operating hand, I guess we could call that a problem?

          • Ambassador Vader

            It is an optional position, not the necessary position of the operating hand. Right handed shooters as the majority would have to go out of their way to use it. As for the charging handle issue; as the charging handle is pulled back your hand will be out of the way of the casing being removed. It would only block the path of the ejecting cartridge if the charging handle was forward of it’s current position and the ejection point was where your hand would be in the fully drawn back position.

          • Martin Grønsdal

            yeah, I am convinced you are right.

          • Don

            The point is that they made the rifle idiot proof and yet you are asking a question only an idiot would ask. Come on now, use some common sense. Maybe we should stamp warnings on that side about the possible hazards of using that side to dump a magazine. Oh yeah, don’t forget to put it in at least 4 different languages to cover that basis as well…

          • Martin Grønsdal

            I don’t understand the tone in you reply.

            Are all firearms made perfect? I asked one simple question about one aspect of the rifle.

            -There are Glocks that have slides breaking.
            -Nambu pistols that fired if you pressed the side of the gun (even in a holster),
            -the charging handle on the standard AR-15 is very weak, and may break easily,
            -Insas rifles are just terrible, visually too (I saw a couple in India)
            -you can’t shoot through a Calico magazine without stoppage…
            -armchair commandos that claim the AK selector is too noisy

            and hundreds other flaws, so yeah, I guess it is idiotic to question deisgns….

        • Don

          What’s there to misunderstand? It was a simple question with a simple answer / solution… Here’s a question to answer your question… When you fire your favorite semi-auto handgun and the slide bites the webbing between your fingers, what do you do then? Do you get mad and say the manufacturer was an idiot for making a firearm that can injure you? Of course not, you change your method of holding that firearm to avoid that happening again.

          • Martin Grønsdal

            no, but then again the pistol is not meant to be held in a way that produces slide-bites.

            Just as it is not meant to be pointed sideways on a firing range. Both are users errors – one painful, the other potentially leathal.

  • Jake

    with the rapid descent of germany into a failed state, how many generations are we from not seeing this

  • L

    I’m a customer of Albert Arms. According to the owner these rifles managed 7cm groups at 500m at a presentation to the Austrian military. Another fun fact: thee 338 version is not legal in Germany as it is classified as a weapon of war.

    • Don

      That’s interesting… What about the .300 wm, is that legal or classed like the .338? Does the ban go by the caliber size or by some other spec to determine that? Thanks for the fun fact.