Strike Industries’ new Viper Enhanced Pistol Grip is an AR-15 grip that is available in three different grip angle options – 15°, 20°, and 25°. The 25-degree version has a grip angle similar to the A2 grip and other versions are closer to being vertical.
The angles of Viper grips are measured in relation to a line perpendicular to the bore axis. If we were measuring these angles as we normally do in case of handguns (the obtuse angle formed by the intersection of grip angle and bore axis lines), then these 15, 20 and 25-degree angles would be called 105, 110 and 115-degree angles respectively. Did I explain or complicate it?
Here is how the manufacturer describes some of the other features of these pistol grips.
The Strike Industries Viper Enhanced Pistol Grip lineup comes in three different angles to suit any shooter’s needs. Now available with an improved grip texture for more positive handling of the rifle. The grip is more streamlined and tapered where the webbing of the hand goes to allow more range of movement of the firing hand when accessing the controls. It has enough width in the palm area to maximize comfort during extended use. Each grip features a comfortable beaver tail and secure storage underneath with an included rubber endcap.
The Strike Industries Viper Enhanced Pistol Grip is compatible with AR-15 and AR-10 platforms. These grips are shipped with the screw and washer necessary to install them. The Viper grips are listed on the company’s website at an MSRP of $18.95. Note that this is the price for one grip (not the set of three) with the grip angle of your choice. The price is identical regardless of the grip angle choice.
I think it is a good idea to offer different angle options for the same overall grip design. The variety of angles will allow each customer to choose the grip which is the most comfortable one for him and which he is most efficient with. Although I haven’t held these grips, I prefer a little bit HK-ish grip angle and I guess either the 15 or 20-degree version would be perfect for me. What is the grip angle that you prefer and why? Share your opinion in the comments section.
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