I like new and different. Genuinely new and different. Like other industries, the firearms business relies on those two seemingly innocuous words for . . . marketing. In the vast majority of cases, “new and different” firearms are simply “more of the same.” Allegedly innovative guns tend to be based on time-tested technology and well-established ergonomic / functional profiles: systems that have remained unchanged for decades if not centuries. And then there’s Glock. The Palm Pistol. Chiappa Rhino. And the KRISS Super V system . . .
The KRISS Super V system is a recoil and muzzle-flip reducing engineering marvel that has impressed the United States Army, the NRA, and gun bloggers prone to sudden infatuations with les objects des desires inconnu. That bald bloke on Future Weapons seemed to be quite impressed with it too.
The US Army’s Picatinny Arsenal instrumented bench-testing measured a reduction in muzzle climb of 90%, and a reduction in felt recoil of 60% when compared to the H&K MP5 in 9mm Luger. All of this from a firearm with a frame that is smaller and lighter than that of the MP5.
Let’s back this train up and take a hard look at what I just said. The super lightweight KRISS (5.6 – 5.8 pounds), firing 230grn .45ACP, registered 90 percent less muzzle climb and 60 percent less felt recoil when shooting against a 115grn 9mm Luger firing MP5. An Apples to Oranges test if I’ve ever seen one, but one that definitely proves a point.
KRISS’ website explains . . .
Instead of having all the recoil force slam back into the shooter’s shoulder, causing massive amounts of felt recoil and resultant muzzle climb, the KRISS System absorbs and redirects these forces downward and away from the operator thus enabling him to better control and keep the KRISS firearm on-target.
The general premise of the system is that the block and bolt recoil asymmetrical to the axis of the bullet’s trajectory - down into a relief area behind the magwell. This design feature directs the recoil away from the shooter’s shoulder and helps to hold the firearm at point-of-aim.
Effective? You bet. Check out the reult of a two-round burst fired from a KRISS SMG (the full-auto, non-civilian version). Is that it? Could it be? Holy cow it is indeed: two bullets impacting so precisely the same point that they fused together.
The folks at KIRSS USA are currently working with the US Army ARDEC Picatinny Arsenal to design a .50 caliber machine gun platform using the same technology. The goal: a platform which reduces recoil by 90 percent and weight by 50 percent as compared to the current M2HB “Ma Duece.” New and different or more of the same? How about both.
[Pictured in this article: KRISS's Vector CRB/SO design with optional "TacPac."]