Pre-Ban E.A. Co. J-15 5.56/.223 20” Semi-Auto Rifle Cast Receiver AR-15

SOLD FOR: $1,356.99

WOA#: WY240312KH003

Make: Essential Arms

Model:  J-15

Serial Number: 12235

Year of Manufacture: Pre 1994 ban

Caliber: Multi / 5.56 / .223

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Direct Impingement

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “E.A. Co. / KR. SPR. LA”, “CAL.223-5.56 /  MOD: J-15 / EA.12235”, “SAFE FIRE”.  The pistol grip is marked “LONE STAR ORDNANCE / SAN ANTONIO, TX” on the left side with patents on the right.

Barrel Length: 20″, 21″ with A1 Birdcage Flash Hider

Sights / Optics: The front sight is an A2 post sight.  There is a picatinny rail atop the upper receiver with a magpul flip up sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The buttstock is an A2 fixed buttstock with sling ring and checkered buttplate with trap door for storage compartment.  The pistol grip is a Lone Star A2 grip. The handguard is an A2 style rifle length polymer ribbed handguard with heat shields. The LOP measures 13.75” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock is in Excellent condition. The checkering on the pistol grip is crisp. Has teardrop forward assist.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: None.

Type of Finish:  Gray

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore. In the writer’s opinion the condition of the bore rates 10/10

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish  The screw heads are sharp and the pins are unmarred.  There are some very faint and light scratches on the case deflector. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent Condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment:  The Essential Arms J-15 is a fascinating chapter in the annals of American firearms. Founded by Dick Essner in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, Essential Arms carved out a niche in the burgeoning market for AR-15 style rifles during the 1980s and early 1990s. The J-15 rifle represents a robust, no-frills approach to the AR-15 platform, offering solid performance without the hefty price tag often associated with more mainstream brands.

This rifle’s straightforward design and utilitarian construction make it particularly appealing to enthusiasts who appreciate both functionality and historical value. Essential Arms was one of the few companies that produced both aluminum and polymer lower receivers, with the J-15 typically featuring a durable aluminum frame that withstands rigorous use. The Pre Ban models, like this one, were made of cast aluminum. Its simplicity and reliability echo the practical needs and economic realities of its time, making it a worthy piece for collectors interested in the evolution of civilian firearms in America. The J-15 stands as a testament to the ingenuity of smaller American firearms manufacturers and their impact on the market, embodying a period where innovation was driven by necessity and accessibility.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Pre-Ban E.A. Co. J-15 5.56/.223 20” Semi-Auto Rifle Cast Receiver AR-15
Pre-Ban E.A. Co. J-15 5.56/.223 20” Semi-Auto Rifle Cast Receiver AR-15