Viper JAWS pistol (Jordan / USA)
Viper pistol, left side view.
Viper pistol, right side view.
Viper JAWS pistol with shorter barrel.
Viper pistol field stripped. Note the curved track on underside of the slide, and removed side plate which exposed the trigger system.
Type: Double Action
Calibers: 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum; .40SW; .45ACP
Weight unloaded: n/a
Barrel length: n/a
Capacity: ? rounds
The Viper pistol is a recent joint development between the American Wildey Guns company and the Jordan King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). Pistol was designed by the American citizen Wildey Moore (designer of the famous Wildey pistol), and is now produced in Jordan. Apparently this pistol will become the standard issue pistol for Jordan Armed forces, hence the another designation - JAWS, or Jordan Arms & Weapons System. Viper JAWS is a solid and well made pistol with several interesting features, such as simple and robust design and modular construction. VIPER pistol can be easily reconfigured for several pistol calibers simply by replacing the barrel, breech face insert, the extractor and the magazine. This reconfiguration, as well as a standard field-stripping procedure, requires no tools. Grip panels also can be easily replaced with another unit with different shape or dimensions.
Viper is a short recoil operated, locked breech pistol with rotating barrel. On recoil, barrel rotates to unlock from the slide, by following the curved track on the frame. The double action trigger with its linkage is easily accessible for maintenance and cleaning via removable side plate, inserted into the cut cat the right side of the frame from the top. The ambidextrous safety lever is located on both sides of the slide and also acts as a decocker when safety is engaged. Both front and rear sight are dovetailed into the slide and can be easily changed if required.