By David Crane
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January 2, 2012
While attending the CTT-Solutions’ (CTT-S) tactical carbine course conducted by U.S. Army Special Forces assaulter/operator and tactical instructor Mike Pannone (Michael Pannone) and hosted by Grey Group Training (GGT) on December 18, 2011, DefenseReview (DR) shot some photos and a short video clip of civilian tactical shooter Mike Barnes running the extremely tacticool Next Generation Arms (NGA) X7 “Grey Ghost” (Defense Review’s term), a super-slick apparition-like ballistic marvel of futuristic tactical AR-15 carbine proportions, through a running, multi-target 3-1-1 (3 to the chest, 1 to the groin, 1 to the face/head) tactical shooting drill. The featured X7 carbine is Mr. Pannone’s personal gun, but he was kind enough to let Barnes run it pretty much the whole day on 12/18/11–and the gun looked GOOD.
The NGA X7 tactical AR carbine is a lightweight mid-length and internally ceramic-coated direct-gas-impingement (DGI) AR designed to perform double duty as both a high-speed/low-drag combat weapon and a premiere 3-Gun competition bang stick. It’s a very cool weapon that’s been given high praise by Mr. Pannone both verbally to DR (on 12/18/11) and in print almost a year ago, now (specifically on 1/24/11). Mr. Barnes seemed to be pretty impressed with the X7, as well, while using it for tactical shooting drills in the CTTS course. He particularly appreciated the X7’s unique and ultra-large, internally-funneled magwell.
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