I have a viper but do not have the correct wood grips for it. Can you tell me what other colt grips will interchange with the viper. The orginal wood viper grips are hard to find and harder to pay for. Thanks
While it looks just like the "Combat" grips used on the post-1972 Colt "D" frame revolvers, the butt was longer to more suit the longer Viper barrel.
While the standard combat "D" frame grip will fit the Viper, they won't be long enough.
Here's the standard Colt post-1972 walnut Combat grip. The Viper grip will be longer on the bottom:
If you watch Ebay, genuine Viper grips show up once in a while. These are typically listed as standard Detective Special grips, but if you're paying attention, you'll note that they are slightly longer.
You can also post a "Wanted" ad on this forums Classified section.
The lack of border around the checking is a temporal thing not a model difference. Even the later DS stocks were minus that. The Commando that was a D frame was the 80s Commando Special. The original Commando was, of course, an E frame.
y2kdon Unless you know for certain those grips were changed don't be so sure those grips on the nickle gun are incorrect. Please see my reply with pictures in the "Colt Insanity" thread of my factory new nickle viper with those style grips. It is exactly like those on the $5800 nickle viper that just sold on gun broker. Yours may well be the third nickle gun to come to light with that style factory grips.
When I bought the nickle viper (used, no box) it had a set of black rubber grips like came on the commando special. see picture below. I bought those that are shown above off ebay and put them on it. Havent run a across a deal on the correct ones yet.
True Viper stocks are not easy to find, especially in excellent condition, but they are out there. As noted above I was searching GB and Flea-bay for months before I found mine being listed simply as Detective Special Grips. I only paid $35 - a steal in my opinion.