Originally Posted by SpinDoctor15
I'm new to the AKA Owners Group, but I'm in the process of purchasing an 03 and 04 Viking.
Both are unmilled, come with WAS Equalizer boards, and eyes. I am going to keep one and sell the other. I have a few questions:
1) I've heard of a few 'deficiencies' with the 04s, compared to 03 models. What are the changes that made them perform different?
2) The 04 is missing the SCM. Where can I purchase a new one, and should I only look for an SCM-III? Also, do I need an AKA tool to install it?
3) When sending one of these to DC for some milling, which are easier to mill, or should I say: benefit more from milling?
I wouldn't say there are deficiencies in the '04 model. The main difference is in the body. The grip frames did not change. Notice the '03 extends a bit past the back end of the frame while the '04 ends flush with it. This results in less volume in the second tube, and the Mitey Max is often added to compensate for that difference. If you are sending one to DC for milling, it would probably be worth it to have Jerrod install a new SCM III. A tool kit usually runs about $40.00 if and when you can find one. Ironically, I picked up an '04 kit by mistake (I have an '03). Besides, if you are planning on having it milled immediately, it will need to be reanno'd and you will want the SCM to match. Speaking of milling, I don't think there is any difference between the '03 and '04 in ease of milling. Because the '04 body is shorter, it is lighter. With the same milling pattern, you will theoretically have a lighter marker with the '04, but not by much.
LMK how you like that trigger on the '04.