An all metal (Aluminium) pistol, the Viking is essentially an M1911 with modern styling. Making use of the single stack type magazine, its slender in the hand making it comfortable and the lightweight metal makes it fairly agile despite its fair amount of mass. Although the weapon can cycle on HFC gas it tends to start chocking half way through the magazine, this is definitely a TOP gas weapon as on this preferred choice it will cycle clean, shoot well and perform optimally putting out clean operation through the entire magazine. It will also handle Red gas though of course at the cost of higher wear and tear over time.
The metal frame and slide are powder coated to a durable, smooth black finish which manages to catch the light quite nicely without flashing any glare like silver styled metal finishes tend to. The plain trigger and hammer with the silencer adapter give it a no-nonsense tactical look while its strait black look makes it look that much more professional. The adapter allows the pistol to take standard 14mm threaded silencers (silencer not included) but can just as easily be removed entirely for the simple look.
The grip panels are not just ergonomic, they are really quite beautiful; a standard in grip panels that Socom Gear has come to set with their line of custom type 1911s and MEUs. This one in particular uses polymer panels with diagonal grooves and within the grooves there is a further smaller, tighter pattern of soft chevrons with staggered organic spacing giving it an almost wood-grain like inspired design. The micro texture continues down into the engraved thumb groove on the left side, positioned exactly right to make access to the magazine release button that much smoother and easier.
The rear and the front of the grip have built in panels with basic waffle grid pattern texture to put the higher torque grip surface in place for your palm and finger wrap to push that grip interface effectiveness that much more solid and clean. The weapon comes with a lanyard which may not be that commonly used in Airsoft but is handy all the same for gaming outdoors with the threat of dropping and loosing your sidearm.