Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Remington 522 Viper
10 round .22 LR
Manufactured from 1993 - 1998
I may never forgive Remington for dropping the classic Nylon 66 from their product line. Their 522 Viper is unworthy of consideration as any sort of successor to the beloved Nylon 66. If you care to Google “Remington 522 Viper,” you will pull up links leading to a mix of forum comments; while some comments are favorable many are not. It was several years ago when I bought this rifle, only because a friend needed some money. At best, I find it to be suitable as a knockabout plinker; I would never willingly put my trust in it for survival. Sometimes it is a fun shooter, sometimes it is “challenging.”
Most of the Vipers that I see for sale nowadays are on the gun store bargain racks offered, “As is.” Caveat emptor, if you wind up buying an unreliable or broken 522 Viper you may be sunk. Magazines for the Viper are rare and there are (usually) no guarantees on the quality of those that you may find on the market. I have four plastic mags for my Viper and only one of them is any good. Gunsmiths should advise you that repairs on the Viper may cost you more than the market price of the gun; don’t be surprised if a gunsmith flat refuses to work on this model. If you want to try to do your own repairs, some parts are available from Numrich.
If you happen to be stuck with an inoperative Viper, you may be able to find someone online who is looking for a parts-gun. Heck, if you have no other option, some municipal “gun buy back” program may even give you between $50 and $100 for it (but you may want to forget to mention that it doesn’t work; some “buy back” programs only pay for functional guns).