(Article originally published on Tactical Life)

When a team of people who have “been there, done that” get together to design a gun, it’s worth taking a look at what is produced. This is the exact methodology Grey Ghost Precision used to develop its Specter series rifles. The team listed aspects of other guns they liked right beside what they did not care for. Lastly was the list of what was needed to make this dream gun happen. From those notes came the Specter Light in 5.56mm NATO.

The Grey Ghost Specter Light is built for Grey Ghost Precision by Mega Arms. Both companies are known for their exceptional quality and attention to detail, so this partnership was a winner from the start. And while Mega Arms mostly produces parts and receivers for other companies, this is the first venture where Mega Arms has built a complete rifle to a company’s specifications. The key points that Grey Ghost Precision makes about the resulting Specter Light rifles is that they are durable, reliable, affordable, accurate and attainable—all without compromising quality.

Grey Ghost Specter Light: The Gunfighter’s Rifle
Grey Ghost Precision offers the Specter Light with a 14-inch M-LOK or KeyMod (shown) handguard—just one feature of many that help this AR stand out in a crowd

But the Grey Ghost Specter Light you see today wasn’t the first step in the build process. Grey Ghost Precision let an Army unit deploying to Afghanistan train with an early prototype rifle. The rifle was even taken through U.S. Navy Special Warfare Center training, where it was truly abused and tested. These soldiers provided real-time feedback on the rifle’s performance and durability during the training period. Once completed, the team provided a detailed debrief on the rifle to the engineers at Grey Ghost. Rifles were also sent out for evaluation to special operations marksmanship instructors, competitive shooters and some die-hard hunters with instructions to let Grey Ghost know what it could do improve the rifle. Because of the feedback received, the rifle evolved and is now in its fifth generation.

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