The introduction of the AXCS brought a great option for the new buyer. However that didn't help the thousands of AICS that are already in the hands of shooters. This is where Victor Company USA enters into the picture. Victor Company is already known for their Accu-Stack AI Cheekpiece risers. Thankfully the stocksides or "skins" on the AICS are quickly and easily removed and replaced. Victor Company came to the rescue of AICS owners with their Viper Skins AICS replacement stocksides.
The Viperskins install much like the factory stocksides. The only exception is that the AI skins use the same length fasteners at all locations. The Viperskins use several different length fasteners. The included instruction sheet makes it easy to determine which fasteners go in which locations. Once the skins are mounted there is a palm swell/back strap that attaches to the pistol grip with four screws. This back strap is made of a softer pliable material that fills the hand nicely. Victor Company has announced that in the future, different sized palm swells will be available.
The Viperskins totally change the feel of the AICS/AE/AW. It is amazing that in only a couple minutes time you can make a profound difference in the way the rifle handles. The forend of the Viperskins is more rounded than the AI stocksides. They give a feel much more similar to a standard stock. There is a swell located just in front of the magazine well that seems to draw your hand when in an offhand position. The “dimples” in this area allow your fingers to get a little more grip.