TriStar Viper G2 T/W (Turkey/Waterfowl) Shotgun Review
Part 2 - What's In The Box & First Impressions
April 22, 2011

TriStar Viper Shotgun Review


What's In The Box

The TriStar Viper G2 T/W (Turkey/Waterfowl) shotgun (Item # 24120) came boxed as shown below.  It was a very simple box with brand markings on the two sides as shown.

TriStar Viper Shotgun Review

The end of the box contained a label with Model, Gauge, Choke, Barrel, Chamber, Item and Serial Number information.

TriStar Viper Shotgun Review

The shotgun came in two pieces (barrel was removed) and both were inside heavy plastic bags for protection.  Clearly it was "value" packaging, but the shotgun was in good condition, so the packaging did its job.

TriStar Viper Shotgun Review

One of the first things I noticed when opening the box was the orange sticker attached to the lid.  With the sticker placed in this location so that it is one of the first things you see, I decided it was important.  The sticker is shown below and it indicates that a break-in period is needed for the shotgun.  Later in the range testing part of the review I put this to the test.


When I pulled the components out of the box, the next thing I noticed was the shotgun did not come with a locking device.  This doesn't bother me because I have a safe and keep all my firearms there.  If you need a lock, I'm sure you can find one online or at a local gun store.  The contents inside the box were the shotgun, barrel, 4" barrel extension, three chokes, choke wrench, choke case and Instruction Manual.

TriStar Viper Shotgun Review

The next two photos give you overall views of the shotgun from both sides with the 4" barrel extension installed.  If you have not already figured it out, clicking on a photo will usually bring up a high resolution photo allowing you to see more details.

TriStar Viper Shotgun Review

TriStar Viper Shotgun Review


First Impressions

When I first opened the box and looked at the contents bagged in plastic, I had a "Hmmmm" impression.  The packaging was about as simple as it could get.  Once I pulled the shotgun parts out of the bags and quickly assembled it, my impression rapidly ramped up.  A quick examination of the fit and finish gave me the impression of a quality product.  I could see no blemishes in the camo overlay and all components seemed tight and the action seemed silky smooth.  Since I could find no flaws, obviously the packaging was sufficient.  Maybe I'm cheap minded, but I get excited when I find real value products.  What I mean by real value is a product that can deliver function, features and a feel which is on par with guns two and three times their price, and I was getting excited about the TriStar Viper G2 Turkey/Waterfowl Shotgun.

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