I.O. Inc. New “Viper” 1911

Steve and I were perusing the products at the IO inc. booth. Most of you are aware that IO makes and imports AK rifles as well as the M16-A1 clone that Steve wrote about.


Well IO is now coming out with their first big bore handgun the “Viper”, which happens to be a 1911. This is a commander size 1911 with an external extractor and chamber cut which looks very much like the Sig 1911’s. The slide has a scallop treatment on the front and back to aid in racking the slide or using the front scallops to allow a chamber check. I found it does provide plenty of traction for operating the pistol. The thumb safety is also ambidextrous. Also included are Novak like night sights.


While somewhat departing from the norm in the commander size it is also railed for laser or light use. The grips, magwell and mainspring housing all have the same color treatment. The grips have the double diamond made in G-10. Even though the magwell is steel they were able to maintain the color treatment. The finish is a matte black. For a loaded 1911 pistol the price is very good at an MSRP of $569.00

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Esh325

    So is it an import?

    • floppyscience

      At $569 for all that it has to be.

      • I was pretty surprised at the retail on for a 1911 with those features not made overseas somewhere. The again they do make some of their own guns.

        • Neal

          They are a great company. I have at least 20 pistol and rifles I purchased from Uli and have never had but one problem and they fixed it extremely fast

    • No one of their people designed it.

      • literacy


  • John

    It might just be the late night munchies, but that 1911 looks like its made of chocolate..

    • noob

      No matter how you feel, you don’t have to eat your gun. Get help.

  • floppyscience

    Yeah, more 1911s! Just what the market needs. It’s only fitting since IO started with their own AR-15.

    • Tim Pearce

      I had a customer that theorized that every gun company does or will make both a 1911 and an AR-15, eventually.

      • Kyle

        It’s such a pair of well accepted and ingrained design to the american gun market that sales will simply not be an issue. Everyone and their brother wants an AR15 or an AK. If you have the ability to supply the demand, it’s only natural to take advantage of that.

  • Daniel E. Watters

    I’m pretty certain that the mainspring housing is G10 just like the stock panels. Hogue Grips sells these as a matching set (Magrip), and as individual components in a non-magwell configuration.


  • gunslinger

    not a bad price, but the commander is a smaller barrel? did they say if they would do a regular full size w/o rails?

  • Josh

    IO already has a handgun out. It is called the hellcat a 380 ccw

  • mosinman

    I bought my mosin from these guys. They seem to be a decent company. So does anyone know where its made?

  • THAT is a brilliant MSRP!

  • Where can I buy or trade one?