Next Generation Arms (NGA) is about to unleash a new AR-15 pattern rifle called the X7. The X7 is what an AR-15 would look like if every part was scrutinized, modernized, and optimized for function. It combines innovative features and premium parts to make a rifle so unique that can’t even be called by the name “black rifle” – it’s The Gray Rifle.
The list of features on this rifle is impressive and it seems that nearly every part has been tweaked in some way to increase function. The hand guards are slim to allow a large variety of grips. The 6 and 9 o’clock rails on the hand guards have been set back slightly from the end of the hand guard to allow for an extended support arm grip. The magazine well is cavernous to speed reloads and give more space for the fingers when clearing double feeds. There are integral QD sling mounts in the optimal locations – on the fore end near the receiver and on the center of the receiver end plate. Ceramic coatings are used through out for extreme corrosion resistance and easier maintenance. The barrels are made by Noveske and are guaranteed to hold 1 MOA. I could go on but I think you are starting to get the picture.
It should be no surprise that a rifle this well appointed, this well thought out, and this innovative is the result of input from some of the best trigger pullers in the industry. NGA had independent advisers like Mike Pannone, Ed Santos, John Farnam, and others helping them throughout the process of bringing this rifle to market.
The X7 won’t be cheap but it is definitely going to be impressive.
You can read more about the X7 on the NGA website.
Image provided by Next Generation Arms.
Pretty interesting… I wonder if they’ve tweaked the direct impingement system much o if it’s still pretty standard.
Dann in Ohio
I think the DI system is probably pretty standard. It really doesn’t need much tweaking if the gas port is correctly sized. The DI system isn’t the terrible system that it is made out to be by disciples of the piston. It is actually quite the opposite. Trainers like Mike Pannone and Pat Rogers have demonstrated this pretty dramatically over the years. Check out this article on Defense Review: http://www.defensereview.com/the-big-m4-myth-fouling-caused-by-the-direct-impingement-gas-system-makes-the-m4-unreliable/
Disclaimer: I work at NGA.
The direct impingement system is exceedingly reliable and appropriate for the AR-15. The X7 implementation is quite standard except for ceramic coating the action, receiver and buffer tube internals, which greatly reduces the impact of fouling in the action. We did carefully “tweak” the gas port size and designed the buffer spring and tested a range of buffer weights and then tested, tested, tested.
I’d rather not get into a piston vs. DGI debate here. It gets into a war of words and points that can’t be settled in debate.
Our contention is simply that the DGI system as implemented in the X7 is exceedingly reliable, based on testing and experience. It results in a very smooth shooting experience with exceedingly good CQB and long-range accuracy.
Great info. Thanks!
Nathan and crew is all I need to know about the quality of anything that comes out of NGA….the finest!
NGA is a great company with proven foresight. X7 is gaining some traction and serious recognition amongst some elite shooters. Sweet looking as well!