Designed and manufactured in 1986 by Wilfred Ellis at his home shop commonly referred to by him as Fort Ellis. Ellis was a career police officer and master gunsmith from Abington, Pennsylvania. This truly unique rifle features components from a number of different firearms including the AR15 and M14. Manufactured without sights and with M60 style slotted flash hider, M14 type gas piston assembly, vented round steel handguard, AR15 style barrel nut, fixed Picatinny rail carry handle, right side charging handle (fabricated from an AR15 trigger), AR15 style bolt carrier group, magazine well marked "CAL 5.56M/M FORT ELLIS/ABINGTON PA 3-15/1986/XR86 NO.0001" checkered M16 style pistol grip, wide trigger designed for 1911 double action conversions, and fixed buttstock with AR15 style buffer tube. The operation is similar to that of an AR15 type rifle except rotated 90 degrees clockwise. With round feeding from the left, and spent cartridges ejected from the bottom, and the trigger engaging the sear via a transverse transfer bar.
Excellent. 95% plus original gray phosphate finish remains with some small surface scratches, handling marks overall, and some light dings and tool marks. The grip and buttstock are very good with some small scuffs and dings and a small crack at the buttstock heel. Mechanically excellent. A true one of a kind experimental semi-automatic rifle designed and fabricated by a Master Gunsmith.
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