I dare you to find a greater joy than walking into a big room, finding the most expensive thing, and then making the salesperson for that thing give you the pitch. Say I were to walk into the Ferrari dealership dressed how I dress, stroll up to the lone LaFerrari on the floor, and demand that the sales person tell me why I should buy that car instead of the Porsche 918 down the street. I’d rightfully be laughed out of the building. But slap on a press badge, and even the chuckliest of chuckleheads get his day because maybe, just maybe, there’s a person reading this who fancies a $7700 switch barrel precision rifle. Meet the CADEX Defence Kraken.
Pictured here is a smiling idiot holding the Kraken in some heavy hitting, long range cartridge. I believe it was .338 Lapua. I’m leading with this photo to illustrate the sheer size of this rifle. I’m roughly six feet tall in shoes, and the Kraken is a large rifle compared to my average adult frame.
Sans suppressor, it doesn’t really get better, but the smiling jackassery continues unimpeded. That silencer, by the way, is not available in the US because CADEX is a Canadian company, making Canadian silencers that someone in the .gov won’t let them import. Be sure to notice the shoulder on the barrel about halfway back that helps that huge silencer lock up repeatably.
Ergonomically, the Kraken is designed to allow the end user to adjust literally everything they’d need in order to make the rifle fit them perfectly. The buttstock alone deserves to be a centerpiece on my coffee table. Fold it up and you still have a 15+ pound rifle, but now it’s shorter. The U shaped gizmo pictured at the bottom is designed to ride a sandbag just perfectly.
Forward of the butt stock is the receiver which is a monolith. Again, everything’s adjustable, and by that, I mean the trigger. The pictures don’t do the quality of finish justice, and neither do they appropriately frame it. This is such a big piece of machinery. Where things start to get fun, and the entire reason the Kraken costs nearly $8000 American dollars is the ability to swap barrels at a moments notice.
Offered in .260 REM, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5×47 Lapua, .308 WIN, 300 WIN Mag, 300 Norma Mag, and 338 Lapua Mag in a variety of barrel lengths CADEX promises zero, read it zero, point of impact shift when swapping a barrel. Unscrew your .260 barrel, shoot some .308, and screw the .260 back on and it will hit absolutely dead center of your previous zero.
CADEX accomplishes this by using a very fancy wrench inserted from the breech and specially machined barrels. I was only allowed to partially photograph this setup, so my understanding of the inner workings are somewhat hazy. Headspace on each barrel is set from the factory, and all barrels are built on Bartlein 5R single cut blanks. Each barrel will set you back $1300 and the bolt body to go along will be $675. Extra bolt bodies are only necessary if you’re moving changing bolt face size, say from .308 WIN to .300 WIN Mag.
All versions of the Kraken are fed off AI magazines, and the magwells can be swapped out to accommodate short or long action cartridges. All of these pieces can be swapped out in the field with a toolkit that’s supplied by CADEX.
Dear sweet Lord is it a pretty rifle. It’s huge, machined beyond perfection, and capable of a level of accuracy, precision, and modularity that I dream of late at night. It is also, and I want to be generous here, enormously expensive. $7700 buys you just the Kraken, no tools, no extra barrels, not even a muzzle brake. $10, 351 will get you a Kraken, a tool kit, a long action barrel and bolt body, a short action barrel and bolt body, and the muzzle brakes to go along. I’ve asked for a rifle to review, but I uhhhh won’t be surprised if it never shows up at my FFL. If you happen to be the quiet guy or gal reading this who needs a Kraken in your life, feel free to contact Shawn Bevins who handles US Commercial Sales. He’s the guy who was nice enough to spend 45 minutes reviewing this and other products with me.