I had the pleasure of spending last week with several brands at the High Bar Homestead near Gillette, Wyoming along with several other writers. This facility is amazing, with a variety of range, from 25 out to 2000 yds.
The rifles were all from Grey Ghost Precision. I’ve owned a GGP S-series Heavy rifle in .308 since they first came out and it’s been a reliable companion on several hog hunts as well as for range trips, so you can say I’m a fan of the brand. Their receiver sets are manufactured from 7075-T651 aluminum billets to their specs by Mega Arms and True Black Type III Mil Spec Hard Coat Anodized. The builds are excellent.
GGP brought rifles in .223, .300 and .308 but what caught my eye was the new Grim in 6.5 Creedmoor.
While I checked them all out in turn, I found myself going back to the 6.5, regardless of the range we were on at the time. It was a dream to shoot. The recoil was a push, while I felt that the .308 S-series Heavy had a stronger recoil. The accuracy was amazing, making it a snap to score hits out to 1000 yds, even in winds. I could easily shoot a full 20 round magazine on steel at 800 yds and hear that comforting ping after each shot. After one of these events, a friend said, “Good shooting, Eric” but I had to admit to him that it was the rifle and not me. It shot so well that any misses were definitely on me and while I did indeed miss a few, that gun was a laser out to 800 yds. It almost took the fun out of it…almost.
The lower is ambidextrous with ambi safety, magazine and bolt release, but left-side only catch. The Grim is outfitted with a 16” hand KeyMod or M-Lok handguard and comes stock with a curved or flat face CMC 2-stage 2lb set/2lb release, but users can choose an optional Geissele SSA-E for a slight upcharge.
The stock is the Magpul Gen 3 PRS. All excellent components, but I think some of the magic in this gun is the 22” Proof Research stainless barrel with 1/8 Twist. You’ll notice in the images that the barrel isn’t coated and that’s because during testing they found it affected the performance of the rifle. It also has a slightly longer rifle Length gas system, with an extra 2” long, paired with a Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block.
If you’re already shooting a 6.5 Creedmoor bolt gun like I am, and are looking for a reliable gas gun to pair with it, I suggest you check out the Grey Ghost Precision Grim.
I’m out in Wyoming at the High Bar Homestead with several other writers checking out new products from a couple of brands in anticipation of the upcoming NRA Annual Meeting. One of the items we’ve had the opportunity, to check out is this new GLOCK slide from GGP.
The barrels are aftermarket and incorporate threads for suppressors and a SAAMI spec chamber with 1/10 twist rifling. The initial run of G19 slides is currently in finish and will be available just before NRAAM from Grey Ghost Precision.
Of the many choices for an AR-10 that exist on the market, I have been unimpressed with most. The system still seems fickle in comparison to the AR-15 style guns competing for my dollars. Having shot many of these variants over the years, to include the M110 currently fielded by the Army and Marines, it boggles my mind why so many of the 7.62 guns will not fire as reliably or as accurately as the AR-15. My stance on the AR-10 has been firm: I will not buy one that cannot survive the abuse I know it will be subjected to under my ownership. To this day, I remain without an AR-10 type rifle in my collection. After shooting this new rifle by Grey Ghost Precision, however, that just might change.
The ability to shoot .308 quickly and accurately is very attractive and is desirable for many different applications. I for one, would love such a rifle that shot 1 MOA, and would continue to do so over a long service life. Having the opportunity to recently shoot the new GGP Specter Heavy, I was surprised to find myself really liking the design. Build around a 7075-T651 billet upper and lower, the Specter Heavy runs more like a 5.56 gas gun than a 7.62 boat anchor.
To execute the daunting task of building a light, accurate, reliable and manageable 7.62 carbine, GGP partnered with renowned AR parts maker Mega Arms. Mega assisted with design support and some of the individuals at GGP provided hard won perspective. The Specter rifles launched this past Veterans Day, when I was invited to come and gain a first look at the new setup. Utilizing the facilities provided by Range 37 PSR, the GGP crew had several rifles in both 5.56 and 7.62 waiting with a literal pile of ammo. The day prior to our evaluation, I watched the same rifles in use during the Green Beret Pro-Am charity event, and was skeptical of their internal cleanliness.
Picking up the Specter, I was surprised by how light the firearm is.The gun is comparable to a SCAR H in weight but with a better balance. With an ambidextrous safety selector and bolt release, the lower will accommodate both hands. After dry firing the gun a few times, my finger immediately fell in love with the smooth 4.5 lbs single stage trigger. Getting down to the prone to shoot the Specter Heavy, I noticed the carbon on the bolt and smiled. Dry and dirty usually makes for a short lived range outing if no one brought lube. This is only accelerated by shooting suppressed!
Loading the rifle with a magazine, I was pleased to note the lack of a forward assist. This is a part many find to be practically worthless, myself included. The slick side of the upper receiver still sports a well-angled brass deflector, which I would later find to work perfectly for shooting southpaw. The 16” medium weight 416 stainless barrel on the Heavy is a 1/10 twist and threaded to the standard .30 cal pitch of 5/8-24. The barrels have a 11 degree target crown, and Gemtech brakes to attach an upcoming line Grey Ghost Precision line of sound suppressors. The muzzle brakes and barrel are both black nitrided, ensuring you will never find the need to remove the 14” forearm shrouding the front. Set up in Keymod, the lightweight forearm complements the medium contour barrel and will soon offered in M-LOK as well.
Overall, the Specter Heavy is set up as a carbine, with a collapsible stock and shorter barrel. These features combined with the lightweight suggested more recoil and muzzle rise then most AR-10 variants I’ve shot over the years. With my first shot, that proved to be wrong. Shooting the rifles suppressed and unsuppressed, standing or prone, the recoil felt more like a 5.56 than a .308! Shooting hammered pairs, NSR and Failure-To-Stop strings at 25 yards was as fun as it was easy. Proned-out and shooting 100 yards, quick controlled pairs was easily achieved off a simple rest. After making adjustments to the Vortex scope, I was able to bust multiple clay birds in only a few seconds with targets remaining in my view. The “bounce and hop” of other 7.62 semi-autos seemed nonexistent on this carbine. I shot several hundred rounds of ammo through the various Specters, with zero issues.
The guns were still dry, only more dirty then when we began. Several times rifles were handed off with hot barrels, to the point where the forearm was almost too hot to hold. I didn’t see anyone lube a single gun, all day. Using both the new Lancer Systems steel feed lip polymer magazines and those provided from Magpul there were no failures to feed or extract. If I had not been there to personally witness the thousands of rounds being shot through the three filthy sample guns, I would not have believed it.