Remington Model 522 Viper

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Remington 522 Viper
Remington 522 Viper
TypeRifle
Place of originUnited States
Production history
DesignerRemington Arms
Designed1993
ManufacturerRemington Arms
Produced1993-1998
Variants1
Specifications
Weight4.5 lb
Length39 inches

Cartridge.22 Long Rifle
Actionsemi-automatic
Muzzle velocity1000 to 1500 ft/s (305 to 460 m/s) [1]
Maximum firing range500 feet or 150 meters [2]
Feed systemMagazine to 25 (after market magazines) and 10 with factory magazines/rounds
Sights"iron" (polymer), scope rail

The model 522 Viper is a semi-automatic rifle chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. The Viper uses mostly polymer in construction; only the barrel, bolt and a few small parts are steel.

Features[edit]

The stock is made of Rynite.[3] Barrel length is 20 inches and weight is 4.5 pounds. The rifle has an integral scope mount rail. The polymer receiver is permanently attached to the barrel and the polymer sights are bolted to the barrel. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds. Ramline briefly produced 25 round magazines for the Viper, but the rifle's introduction was only months before the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and the model 522 was dropped before the ban sunset in 2004. The stock did not include provision for sling mounts; these had to be added by the owner or a gunsmith.

Official capacity is 11 rounds ("includes 1 in chamber").[4] This requires chambering a round through the port and then inserting the magazine loaded with 10 rounds.

History[edit]

The Viper replaced the Remington Nylon 66. Early reviews were generally positive, but enough people had problems that the Viper never really took off. Early production Vipers had a hefty steel magazine typically described as "bulletproof". Later production Vipers came with plastic magazines that were often problematic.[citation needed]

The Viper was succeeded by the Remington 597. Due to its short production history and mediocre acceptance by gun owners, a Viper accessory market never materialized.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Chuck Hawk's 22LR ammunition roundup"
  2. ^ .22 Long Rifle
  3. ^ Marcot 2005, p. 98
  4. ^ Viper (1993), envelope

References[edit]

  • Marcot, Roy M. (2005). "The History of Remington Firearms", Lyons Press.
  • Viper Owner's Documents (1993).