First Look: TriStar Viper Max

by
posted on March 31, 2017
tristar_viper_max_f.jpg

Self-branded as "The Value Experts," TriStar is home to an array of respectable shotguns and handguns, which are often available at a budget-conscious price point. The company has, for years, rolled out a variety of fine-shooting scatterguns. One thing that's long eluded it, however, is a 3½-inch autoloader for the more dedicated waterfowl hunters among us. That changed at SHOT Show 2017, however, when TriStar announced its new Viper Max. Here are five things you need to know.

1. It's a two-piston system.
The Viper Max ships with two pistons—one for heavy loads, the other for light loads. Though TriStar advertises that the light-load piston is ideal for 2¾-inch shells, it's good practice to function test your shotshell of choice with both pistons. I found that a few a hot 3-inch loads still ran smoother in the light-load piston. Either way, this is a gun that's built to handle everything from light target loads up to the hottest 3½-inch shells in the industry.

2. It's ready for waterfowl hunting.
The Viper Max is currently available in two stock options: black synthetic, and Realtree Max-5. Barrel lengths range from 26- to 30-inches. It's ready for your duck blind.

3. The barrel and chamber are chrome-lined.
It’s not often that you find a “value-priced” gun with chrome lining. TriStar begs to differ. Chrome-lined barrels extend barrel life, reduce wear and tear and making cleaning a shotgun that much easier. It’s a feature you’ll enjoy with your Viper Max

4. It delivers value for its price point.
TriStar prides itself on delivering maximum value for what it charges, and the Viper Max is no different. It ships with the aforementioned chrome-lined barrel, a Fiber Optic Front Sight and four Beretta Optima Plus Chokes, among other things.

5. It’s a value-priced, gas-operated autoloader.
The black synthetic model of the Viper Max ships with an MSRP of $640. The Max-5 version lists at $730. Both should be available on shelves for significantly less. Hard to argue with that.

Hungry for more? No worries—the Viper Max will be featured in a full "Hardware" in the June print issue of American Hunter. Stay tuned.

Latest

Benelli SBE3 28 Gauge 3 Inch Lead
Benelli SBE3 28 Gauge 3 Inch Lead

New for 2022: Benelli SBE3 28-Gauge, 3-Inch

For 2022, Benelli raises the bar in the growing sub-gauge movement with the release of the 28-gauge Super Black Eagle 3, featuring a 3-inch chamber.

Winchester Debuts Bismuth Waterfowl Ammunition

Winchester's Bismuth brings to market a premium, uniform shot, which is tin-plated to produce smooth and round bismuth.

First Look: Rock River Arms Predator HP LAR-BT3

Chambered in the venerable .243 Winchester, the new Predator HP LAR-BT3 is field ready and capable of MOA accuracy.

First Look: TNT T-Rex Pro Treestand in Realtree Edge Camo

Weighing in at just 21 pounds, the True North Treestands (TNT) T-Rex self-climber in Realtree Edge camo is a stand-up/sit-down style all-aluminum stand that features True North's new patent-pending "T-Rex” toothed dual-cable design and the Rapid Claw attachment system.

First Look: Primos Trigger Stick Apex Carbon Fiber Tripod

With carbon-fiber-wrapped aluminum legs and a solid Apex-Clamp design, the Trigger Stick Apex Carbon Fiber Tripod allows firearms or crossbows to be secured to it.

Browning Introduces New A5 Sweet Sixteen Shotguns

Browning’s A5 Sweet Sixteen lineup grows with several new models for designed for upland and waterfowl hunting.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.