(Article originally published on The Firearm Blog)
It’s hard to believe that more than a decade has past since the development and release of the original KRISS Vector. By now, if you haven’t shot a KRISS, know someone who owns one or at least handled one in a gun store, it’s safe to say you’ve been seriously lost: we are talking Tom-Hanks-desert-island kind of lost. Love or hate the design and ergonomics, this is what firearms innovation looks like. And now, after all these years, KRISS has finally released the Vector in the the sledge hammer-force caliber of 10mm.
Here’s the deal: if you are looking for earth-shattering reveals in this review, be prepared to be disappointed. Aside from the caliber change, this is the same Vector that has been shot and reviewed hundreds of times over on the internet and in print. In fact if you just plain hate to read, I’ll summarize the review in a few short words: reliable, good and bad ergonomics, 10mm, heavy, fun, bore height, 10mm, quality and 10mm.
Still here? Good. Let’s lay it all out.
Probably the most controversial aspect of the Vector is the articulating mechanism and delayed blowback operation that works to reduce felt recoil and prevent muzzle climb. At the end of the action’s travel, the inertia block and bolt are forced down into a recess behind the magazine well. The theory is that the lines of force are directed downward rather than back toward the shooter as perceived in-line recoil.
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