SHOT Show Range Day: Shooting the New KRISS Vector .22 LR

KRISS Vector .22LR

Travis Pike for TTAG

Smaller calibers are making quite a surge lately. Between 5.7 and the .22 LR it seems that the gun industry is all about going small and compact. And 22 LR, in particular, is getting quite a bit of attention.

Ruger did a .22 LR LCP, Christensen Arms did the Ranger, and Kel Tec has given quite a bit of attention to the classic rimfire round, too. Not to be upstaged KRISS has not given us us the Vector is .22 LR. Their new .22 LR plinker space gun comes in both rifle and braced pistol configurations.

And why not? Who doesn’t love the .22 LR? It’s not 2012 anymore and the affordable rimfire round is in stock everywhere ammo is sold.

The KRISS Vector series of wanna-be SMGs are quite futuristic in design. While the main draw of reduced recoil during full-auto fire is a bit lacking in the semi-auto designs, I can’t help but appreciate the high-tech and futuristic design of the KRISS guns, putting one out in .22 LR gives you a cheap shooting and fun gun with ergonomics that are out of this world.

Shooting the little .22 LR KRISS was a treat. It was easy handling, accurate, and ultimately very fun to shoot. It proved to be reliable. At this time the Kirss .22 LR rifle and pistol models will be released with a 10 round proprietary magazines with 30 round magazines available in the near future.

The Future is Now

I fired quite a few mags through the gun before the line built up behind me at Range Day and it was very soft and accurate. It was also quite reliable. Plenty of shooters before me got behind the gun and dirtied it up nicely before I got my hands on it. I do appreciate the modern controls and ergonomic layout of the KRISS guns.

The Vector CRB .22LR model features a 16” threaded barrel, an M-Lok rail system. This rifle variant comes with a standard 6-position M4 style stock. The Vector SDP-SB .22LR model features a 6.5” barrel thats threaded for any muzzle device you desire. The pistol variant comes complete with an SB Tactical brace.

MSRP is $649 so hopefully, it comes to a street price a bit lower than that. Are you guys in for a rimfire space gun or s the trusty 10/22 serving you well?

comments

  1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Wow. This is kinda neat.

    I just got an email from Henry. Please cover the new X Model .357!!!!!

    1. avatar Widdler says:

      ^^ This ^^ +1000!!! Good call bud, thank you!

    2. avatar kahlil says:

      along with the X .45-70, would like to see how that synthetic stock holds up to a real round. Not a fan of plastic stocks but I might be swayed with this Henry.

  2. avatar possum and the Coons of Doom says:

    What ever happened to those Calico 100rnd shooters? .I should have bought one of those I guess, but they looked to Buck Rogerie for me. This KRISS is an abomination in my opinion.

    1. avatar Gonzo says:

      …like anyone cares about your opinion.

    2. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Back in the early ’90s, I bought a Calico 9mm pistol with a 50-rd mag. Same one used by Ahhhnold in Total Recall. Looked cool and was super easy to break down and clean, but sight radius was terrible.

      Then CA later changed the rules by re-writing the Penal Code, made it illegal to own, used the CADOJ registry to pay me a visit at my home, and literally took it from me with no financial recompense whatsoever because it had been reclassified as “contraband”, even though it was previously legal and the State gladly took my sales tax when I bought it.

      True story. This is exactly why I never bought any gun after that, and have chosen the “non registration” route for everything ever since. The Dems in Sacramento proved to me that they consider my ability to own a gun something they can/will change on a whim from their ivory tower.

      1. avatar Nigel the expat says:

        But…registrations doesn’t lead to confiscation. Very smart people keep telling me so.

        🙂

  3. avatar Rickster says:

    I’m happy with my 10/22 takedown .the kriss variants are interesting though.

  4. avatar Andy Gold says:

    Other than being able to say you own a Kriss, I don’t see how this is better than pretty much anything else out there. The whole Kriss idea was to reduce recoil and flip from full auto fire. It did that work well! It really didn’t do much for semi-auto, and for .22, why would you want the weight and complexity?

  5. avatar Fred says:

    This is one of those guns I just don’t get… the Vector design with its downward recoiling bolt can reduce recoil and barrel climb, which I guess is good for full auto, but the .22 isn’t available in full auto. If you need to spend more than twice the price of a 10/22 in order to cope with the recoil of your .22 carbine, maybe you should take up knitting. I’m pretty sure (though I haven’t seen it mentioned) that the .22 variant uses a straight back moving bolt, so the design of the gun is just for show.

    But, if you’re a video game junkie, and just have to have a Tacti-Cool .22 that looks just like the one you wield onscreen, I’m sure you have more money than brains, so go for it!

    1. avatar Asamurai says:

      This is a training gun meant to work in conjunction with the full power rifle. The mechanism inside is straight blow back. This is not a vector recoil system. It says so right on their website here: https://kriss-usa.com/press-release/439-kriss-usa-release-vector-chambered-in-22-long-rifle

      1. avatar rosignol says:

        Is it Kriss making this, or is this something like the ‘tactical 22s’ that are basically a Umarex-made action inside a licensed lookalike shell?

  6. avatar Spectre_USA says:

    I fired the .45 ACP version in full auto yesterday, for the first time, and want on like it badly!

    The .22LR in semi-auto might be an ownable replacement, but maybe just a leftover effect of full giggle mode…

  7. avatar Hannibal says:

    A gun that doesn’t do anything better in semi-auto than lower-priced competitors (and has an unnecessarily complex system for semi) but looks kewl so they’ll probably sell.

  8. avatar Fun Gunner says:

    Okay, maybe kinda cool looking, but it seems to be that the KRISS was designed to reduce the kind of recoil that the .22LR doesn’t have to begin with. I’m not sure this caliber in this platform makes any kind of sense.

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