Although I am "not into newer Colts",I kick my A-S everytime I see a Viper. Could've bought one about 15 years ago,blued,NIP for $250(+ or - $25,I recall). But those "ersatz" Herrett stocks turned me off,and I felt I had "too many .38 Specials,so for the same money,I bought a mint M-57 S&W 4"(no box etc.). While the M-57 has climbed in value,its not as high as the Viper.
Majic;as far as Collectors,and pricing,I agree,they are high,but their website is expensive also,so the customer pays for the overhead,plus the Houston area is quite "affluent"!! I love their website,to show some of my interested Middle School history students,some of the older weapons that they offer. Right now there is a Hall Carbine,that was invented by a gent that lived in the town in Maine where my school is located. Perfect timing,as we are on the time period of the Seminole War. Bud
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>but I'd bet it's not a very good gun.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
The Agents and the Cobras have been very good revolvers and the Viper is nothing but a longer barreled version of them.
Amidst all of the "Bally-Hoo" the "Vipers are still there. One in nickel plate even comes with a Colt letter. A lot of talk but no action. Like I said before, "I learn something new every day"!!! Henri