Colt Viper or Colt Cobra Question?
I recently purchased what was supposed to be a Colt Viper. The serial number is 98649m and this is what the Colt Website says about it..."1977 Cobra Model/AirCrewMan/Courier/Agent & Viper "LW""Suffix is Found Below Serial Stamp"...This doesn't tell me a lot unfortunately. The year appears to be right.
My concerns arise with the barrel...It appears to be a slightly lighter bluing color. This makes me nervous as I know some Cobra's were rebarreled with a Viper barrel. However, this gun has a 1977 serial number which is a good thing, but I guess a counterfeiter could have searched for a 1977 Cobra.
Outside of ordering report from Colt, can anyone tell me anything about whether they think my Viper is actually a Viper...If it is I got a steal on it for $1,000...If it is not then I guess I didn't.
Here are some pics...The gun has some wear and has been shot...The guy did not have the original wood grips or box. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Luckily, it was a face to face deal with a friend who would likely take the gun back if it is not a Viper. Thanks in advanceAttachment 49089Attachment 49090Attachment 49091Attachment 49092.