Hello imthduke. You have spotted a very desirable Colt. I'm sure many here are interested in having a Viper for their "Snake Collection."
Yes this is a factory gun. The Viper is basically a Police Positive Special of the 1977 vintage except that the Viper has an alloy frame, whereas the PPS frame is steel. Colt made a number of alloy framed guns, with the intent to make them lighter and more carryable.
[This message has been edited by WS23 (edited 08-23-2004).]