There are several companies that have operated under the name “Williams Arms” or variations. Dwight Williams of Williams Arms Company, in Sisters, Oregon, introduced the Aluminum Combat Elite around August 2001. It did not fare well in real-world and laboratory testing. Several gunsmiths have had success in building these aluminium receivers into .223 Rem and .45 ACP rifles. See my Williams Arms Company Aluminum Receiver reviewThe purpose of this review is to evaluate the steel receiver for dimensional and cosmetic congruence, or variations from, a “standard” set by Fabrique Nationale Herstal as exemplified by Belgium made or Belgium licensed (Brazilian IMBEL) receivers.
US Armament selected me to provide an objective review. While I doubt I will be nominated for “Diplomat of the Year” my credibility as an objective evaluator is of utmost importance to me and I think WAC knows they will get a fair and thorough review. Clearly stipulated in our agreement is that the receiver is free with no obligations other than to provide an objective review in a timely manner. I regret that it has taken me a few weeks longer to complete the review than initially anticipated. My shop has built over 3000 rifles on a dozen receiver types and I consider myself competent to evaluate variations from standard, with “standard” being a Belgium FN receiver or a Brazilian IMBEL receiver. I am not qualified to assess the metal type or its long-term durability.
On 21 August 2002, I posted the initial photographic review of the bare receiver. The questions raised from the initial photographs will be answered below. On 08 September 2002, I finished assembling the rifle and I successfully testfired the rifle on 09 September 2002.
The Williams Arms “HC Elite” Steel FAL receiver supplied for this review assembled normally and survived a 400 round testfire with no problems. Assuming the unit I received is a representative sample, I have no reservations on building rifles on this receiver.Dwight Williams of WAC (Sisters Oregon) “sold” his business to U.S. Armament Company, where Dwight now works. The ownership of the Williams Arms Company cum U.S. Armament is in question, with Dwight Williams being the registrant of U.S. Armament as a web entity. U.S. Armament has made public “good faith” announcements to compensate purchasers of the aluminum receivers by offering a steel receiver, with credit given for the return of the aluminum receiver. To the best of my knowledge, WAC has never honored their agreement, and the only steel receivers made are the few distributed to gunsmiths like myself for review.