The premise of the Skeli X11 is to bring an economically priced modular “Next Generation” rifle to the consumer market. Not everyone might be able to afford or sustain a SCAR-H or SCAR-L, but with the X11, a modular, folding stock, ambidextrous (controls and ejecting), quick-change barrel, the majority of the consumer market will be able to own a rifle that has many of the features that something like a SCAR is so well known for, but without the enormous price tag. All for a MSRP of $1449.
Built upon similar operating principles as the AR18 with duel spring loaded rods that the bolt rides on, the rifle rifle is currently being offered in multiple caliber configurations such as 5.56, .300 BLK, 6.8 SPC, and 6.5 Grendel. The charging handle can be switched to the left or right side of the receiver with the additional purchase of the desired direction. The rods that the bolt rides on are wedged against the lower polymer stock, thus preventing vibration into the upper receiver and affecting any scope adjustments. Top rail is monolithic picatinny, while the sides and bottom are of M-Lok configuration. Changing out the barrel involves unscrewing it from the outside through the receiver. However it isn’t completely exposed, so there really can’t be any accidental tampering with it. The rifle also has an adjustable gas port for normal, high volume of fire, and suppressed modes. Current design iterations don’t have a bolt lock back option, but this could change with more progress on the design.
At SHOT the company was displaying a prototype model, with an injection molded polymer receiver. When the rifle goes to production it will have a much more robust receiver. The Scottsdale, AZ based company still has some work ahead of them on the design, but hopefully it will come to fruition in the U.S. market.