It looks like Strike Industries is on a roll right now with yet another product they showed off at SHOT 16 becoming available for preorder, this time it is the Viper PDW stock. It looks like the stock changed slightly from when we last saw it on the SHOT show floor but the concept is very much the same.
The Viper PDW stock allows you to use a standard bolt carrier instead of a proprietary bolt carrier that can limit your options should something break or become damaged. Personally, I think that might be the most attractive feature of the Viper PDW stock since I tend to be a bit hard on my guns. They accomplish this by using a flat wire spring and a reduced length buffer instead of the standard one. Sadly I am not sure what the weight of the buffer is, but I imagine that it is standard carbine weight.
Below are the specs from the Strike Industries website:
– 1x PDW Stock Assembly
– 1x PDW Buffer Assembly
– 1x PDW Buffer Tube
– 1x PDW Flat Wire Buffer Spring
– 1x PDW Castle Nut
– 1x PDW Cheek Rest
– 6061 T6 Tube and mount
– 4140 Nitride Rods
– Polymer Buttpad
– Cheek pad: TPU
Weight: 20.2 oz
OAL (16″ Barrel): 28.5” Collapsed, 32” extended
LOP: 7.5” collapsed, 11” Extended
Buffer Tube Length: 5.45″
– Ambidextrous, push button deployment
– (Patent pending) Ergonomic, compound curved stock
– Compatible with standard bolt carriers
– No non-standard take down procedures
– Compatible with many ambidextrous lower receivers such as the SanTan and Rainier Arms.
Preorders are open now and Strike is offering a bit of an incentive for those that order now. They say that the stock will be ready to go late June, possibly sooner. You can learn more on the Strike Industries website. MSRP is $274.95 and they are taking $25 off for preorders.
Phil Note: I have the first production PDW in hand. I’m testing it now and will have a post on it later this week or early next week. A very handy well-made stock.