MGI has recently become one of my favorite firearms companies. In the endless crowd of cookie cutter AR-15 rifles, MGI has differentiated themselves. They have broken the mold by producing the modular Hydra rifle line. This year they’re bringing the same Hydra modularity to the AR pistol.
Because of the modularity of the Hydra line, I have a hard time picking a favorite. Yet I’m a fan of the practicality of the 7.62×39, so the MARCK – 15 Hydra Vipera in 7.62×39 speaks to me. This is a Franken-gun longing to belong. Torn between two platforms, the Vipera brings the best of both worlds to the table. 7.62 reliabilty and affordability from an AR patterned rifle? It seems to be a trend at this year’s SHOT show, but only this one has the Hydra modularity built in.
Designed to work from standard surplus steel magazines, and promising to eat standard surplus steel ammo, the Vipera looks to be a winner. The folks at MGI also offer conversion kits to feed and shoot 9mm, .223, and 300 Blackout, and all out of the same upper and lower receiver. They all come with a 7-inch barrel, a quad rail, an A2 style pistol grip, and utilize mil-spec (mostly), non-proprietary internal parts.
Pricing starts around $1289 for the Vipera Pistol, and the conversion kits start right around $500. The Pistols should be shipping within a few weeks, so keep an eye open, and your checkbooks on hand.