Things I liked:I really like the stock on this rifle and also the "Bull" barrel both looks good and makes it seem easier to cock. The rifle handles well and is very accurate with a slightly muzzel heavy feel that I like. The action is smoother and has less vibration or "twang" than my Shadow 1000 had out of the box. The overall finish is also superior. I'm pleased with the Viper. Things I would have changed:The scope and trigger. What others should know:The illuminated reticle scope is cool but does not allow focusing at as short a range as it should. I actually prefer the less expensive scope that Gamo includes with the Whisper to this one. I've been shooting my Viper for 3 months now and have not had a single problem.
Things I liked:The easy cocking, light weight, quietness, accuracy make this rifle a lot of fun to shoot. The synthetic thumhole stock is totally sweet and the polymer covering on the bull barrel keeps it looking good without any chance of rust. The trigger is better than my other Gamo's. Things I would have changed:I would like it to come with a little nicer scope. Also mine did not come with a scope stop so I purchased one of the Gamo stops from Pyramid as I did get some scope movement without it. What others should know:I bought this rifle for my son and out of three Gamo Rifles we own, this one gets shot the most. It is not the most powerful, but it is so quiet, easy to cock and so easy to shoot well, that we put more pellets through the Recon than any of the others. Ours loves Crosman Premiers (7.9 gr) and averages 510-515 fps with them.