MGI Vipera Pistol

Hydra Vipera

MG Industries (MGI) introduced the new Vipera pistol this morning. The MGI Vipera is an AR-style pistol that uses the company’s patented technology to allow a shooter to change calibers – and magazine types – quickly.

The base Vipera is chambered in 7.62×39 and takes standard AK magazines. However, the gun retains the same basic operation familiar to AR-15 owners.

There are plenty of AR- and AK-style pistols on the market. However, this is the only one I know of that can readily swap between calibers and take the proper magazines for each. The caliber conversion process is pretty simple, and the ability to quickly alter the mag well to take the correct-for-caliber magazine is a huge win in my book.

I’ve had the chance to meet Mack Gwinn, the president of MG Indstries, on several occasions. He strikes me as a guy passionate about shooting, gun rights and making high-quality guns. I would be happy to send him money if one of these fit into my current budget.

Vipera Specifications

barrel length7.5"
overall length24"
weight (unloaded)5.5 lbs

The concept of AR pistols has become more popular in recent years. I’ve had the opportunity to test several of them for Combat Handguns, and I have been impressed with all of them. I’ve not shot one in 7.62×39 – just 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK. I would expect that this would have a bit more felt recoil than the others, but I doubt it would be anything close to uncontrollable.

MGI uses an Enhanced AK Firing System that includes a bolt and firing pin that mimics those used in an AK-47 rifle. The Vipera uses a Stoner-type impingement system, however.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.