Played with a Viking Sunday!!!
I played 2 games with a new Viking at our team practice on Sunday.
The gun was very accurate and very consistent. There was no kick to speak of and the gun was very quiet with the Ultralite barrel I was using. I did manage to chop paint twice and one time so badly that I could not clear the jammed bolt on the field. Iwas shooting Big Ball at Practice but while test firing with Marballizer at the store, we pinched 2 or 3 times without chopping.
The gun does fire a little faster than a new Excalibur and my impression of the accuracy, with so little time for comparison, is that it seems to be a little less accurate but the increased rate of fire may make up the difference for some people.
Shots per fill may be a little less than with an Excalibur but I am confident of getting close to a case with a 68/4500.
As of now I plan on staying with the Excalibur because I feel the consistency and accuracy are better for me because I can not shoot faster tha a stock Ecalibur anyway.
I will still recommend the Excalibur but the Viking is so close and a lot less expensive that it is almost a toss up.
If anyone wants to flame me about "closed bolt versus open bolt" and accuracy form one marker to another, don't bother. I have been playing paintball longer than most readers of this forum have been alive. I have shot almost every paintball gun made. I know very well the physics of launching a paintball and I also have a great deal of practical experience and on the field, the Excalibur is the most consistent and most accurate gun I have ever shot, with the possible exception of my Phantom Stock Gun.