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KRISS VECTOR — A WEAPON WORTHY OF THE LAST MAN STANDING
THE KRISS VECTOR — CQB TOOL FOR THE LAST MAN STANDING
The Kriss Vector is a firearm born into the video game era. You don’t have to look far to find this distinctive submachine gun rendered in 4k. Depicted in games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and now PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the Vector is as a formidable weapon in close quarters. At 1,200 RPM, the Vector has a blistering rate of fire, meaning it likely outclasses your opponent’s weapons in close-quarters combat situations.
To understand the Kriss Vector better, we’ll look at its Super V operating system, arguably one of the most radical changes to firearm design in the last 30 years. The Super V recoil mitigation system uses a nonlinear operating system that redirects or “re-vectors” the energy downward to reduce the effect of muzzle climb and recoil. This offers a more comfortable shooting experience, but more importantly, allows very fast follow up shots — an aspect recreated faithfully in video games.
The Vector is very easy to operate. The safety is located close to where you’d find it on an AR-15. The mag release and bolt catch, while different from an AR-15, feel similar in terms of thumb placement. One tip we picked up while operating the subgun is to grab the charging handle with an underhand grip and use the base of the hand to engage the bolt catch, making it easier to lock the bolt to the rear. Perhaps the charm of the Vector lays in learning all the little things like this that make this subgun so unique.
When it comes to using the Vector in most games, it’s usually seen as an absolute beast in close quarters. Enemies who find themselves on wrong end of the Vector usually meet a swift demise. Because the Vector performs so well up close you’d want to fight or sneak your way as close to the target as possible. That way you are getting the most out of the weapon’s ballistics. Once you get into that sweet spot, all the Vector’s advantages begin to shine. The length of the Vector gives it a huge advantage when
fighting indoors allowing you to get around corners quickly and manipulate it in confined spaces. That also comes in handy when used around vehicles. And, all these advantages translate from the screen to the real world.
This quirky subgun is available to the public in two multi-state compliant configurations, both of which are semi automatic. The two variants available are the Kriss Vector CRB (Carbine) and SDP (Special
Duty Pistol). The CRB comes with a 16-inch barrel making it compliant across the United States. The design gives the appearance of having an extended suppressor on the Vector. It’s a nice touch for those in states with specific laws regulating short-barreled rifles.
The SDP is the shortest version available, sporting a sling attachment instead of a stock, and a threaded barrel ready to accept muzzle devices and suppressors. The CRB is an excellent option for outdoor and sporting use, whereas the SDP really comes into its own for home defense and confined spaces, particularly when paired with an arm brace or when supported by a sling.
Both in-game and in real life the Vector is no slouch in accepting a wide variety of accessories, including magazines, stocks, optics, and grips. The Vector has a Picatinny rail on the bottom, but it’ll accept rail segments on the 3- and 6-o’clock positions. The standard configuration is perfect for attaching a vertical grip for added stability. Additionally Kriss has a full rail system extension for the Vector, adding to the firearm’s lifespan and range of upgradeability.
Depending on the version of the Vector you have, there are quite a few options to make it your own. The buffer tube configuration for the Vector Carbine accepts a wide variety of aftermarket stocks, and considering how many firearms owners have bins of AR parts clogging closets and basements, this allows guys to try out stocks already in their possession. The standard classic style Vector folding stock is available for those living in states that allow them. Finally, for those who purchase the SDP variant of the Vector, that platform works well with a sling assisted method (a classic technique used
for weapons like the MP5K) or you can pick up something like an SB Tactical pistol brace. The brace is designed to attach to the buffer tube attachment that comes with the SDP, which will give greater stability when shooting the SDP pistol and acts as a third point of contact ... with your wrist, of course.
Similar to in-game depictions, there are also varying capacities of magazines that will work with the Kriss Vector. In-game the high rate of fire means you should find the extended mags as quickly as possible. Magazine compatibility is also fantastic with the Kriss Vectors. The Vector runs a wide variety of mags designed for Glocks, which are among the most common handguns in use today. Range sessions are easily extended by supplementing magazine count with Glock mags borrowed or brought by peers. There are also different capacities available depending on state laws. Aftermarket Glock mags made by Magpul work in the Vector, as well.
Both versions of the Vector readily accept almost any type of optic. The two we tried were the Holosun
Solar Circle and the Vortex Crossfire red dot. A great aspect of the Holosun is that it’s a compact optic that offers a convenient solar powered capability. If you ever happen to find
yourself living in a world much like PlayerUn
known’s Battlegrounds or in an environment where batteries are in short supply, this optic will definitely keep you going. The affordable Vortex Crossfire is a lighter, more streamlined option for the Vector with a clean 2 MOA dot that runs for 7,000 hours on a single battery. Both are great additions to the Vector.
AMMUNITION & SURVIVABILITY
The Gen 2 Vector has another trick up its sleeve: the weapon system can change between calibers quickly and easily. Drop three pins, and the lower assembly, including the barrel, will separate. This allows the gun to go from .45 ACP to 9mm in a matter of minutes. Swapping out lower receivers is as easy as it is on an AR-15. You could have one upper and swap lowers depending on the mission parameters. When choosing a firearm for work, personal use, or survival, having one with dependable resources makes a huge difference.
The Kriss Vector may look unconventional, but peeling back its many layers reveals a host of advantages. The Super V System really gives the firearm an edge in making follow-up shots with .45 ACP while dispensing those wonderful big-bore pistol bullets. New gun designs suffer when it comes to accessories and modularity support, but for a weapon of its class, the Kriss Vector crushes it. The swappable uppers and lowers give added flexibility without having to own multiple firearms. A host of rail systems and stocks also gives the Vector a big boost when it comes to increasing capability.
Magazine compatibility is perhaps the biggest bonus considering the Vector allows the use of some of the most common magazines available today. The downside of owning multiple firearms is of course the mag issue — mag to gun compatibility is typically never easy. Being able to use what you may already own is a big win when it comes to affordability and convenience.
The more familiar we become with the Vector, the more it’s apparent that it was designed with the shooter in mind, from both a technical and logistical standpoint. If you’re looking for something for defense, sporting, or conquering the Battlefield, snatch up a Kriss Vector from the next drop-point, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.