Well, what do we have here? Details are slim at this point, but SKELI, a U.S. based company, recently announced their X11 Modular Rifle. Piston driven, and missing the buffer/buffer spring combination, SKELI promises the X11 will be a compact, clean running gun with interchangeable standard AR fire control parts.
In addition, the barrel is set up to be hot-swappable, allowing the user to change calibers in 60 seconds or less. Optional calibers are not yet listed on the company’s website but an adjustable gasblock does come standard on the X11.
Here’s to hoping that TFB eventually gets to test and evaluate one of these rifles, but for now we will have to wait for them to appear in booth N366 at the 2017 SHOT Show.
From the SKELI Website:
Reliable, modular, lightweight, piston-powered, the X11 is everything you ever wanted in a next-generation modern sporting rifle. Developed from the ground up over a course of 5 years, the X11’s primary goal was to bring the greatest technological advancements in modern engineering. Crafted in the U.S.A, the X11 presents many innovative features including advanced ergonomics, reliable piston operation, and ambidextrous controls. Superior accuracy and extreme reliability were the core essential goals set forth in the development process of the X11 weapons system, which in turn led to multiple Patents Pending.
Weighing in at 6.8 lbs. unloaded, the X11 is one of the lightest piston operated next-generation carbines in the world. The X11 presents notable advantages over its competitors including a 60 second quick-change barrel system for various calibers and configurations, trouble free maintenance, and an array of modular and ambidextrous features. The quick-change barrel system maintains its zero after repeated removal of different barrel configurations and calibers and is capable of both right and left hand ejection by simply changing out the bolt. The new patented gas adjustable floating piston system is integrated independently from the barrel structure, making caliber conversions lighter for carry on personnel, and lowering the overall costs of ownership. To further the X11’s modular features, it utilizes AR-15 drop in fire control groups. Caliber changes can be conducted by the operator in under 60 seconds. Manufactured 100% in the U.S.A. using U.S.A. materials and resources.
Forged in 2012, SKELI is an industrial research and development firm concentrating on 21st Century small arms technology designed for the civilian, law enforcement, and military markets. Innovation, performance, and rapid research and development are some of the standards that bring us above our competition. SKELI utilizes modern CAD/CAM engineering software to design and manufacture each project, as well as conduct various real world and computer based testing. Our advanced engineering methods provide us with a competitive edge in the design of small arms, further leading to a strong intellectual property database insuring a positive industry hold.