At Omaha Outdoors, we are always on the lookout for helpful reviews and videos that can keep our customers informed. With the announcement last week of a new 10mm Kriss Vector release, we were preparing to share what information we had received. Instead, we found this video and felt it would be a good way to keep you up to date with the latest release. Of course, Military Arms Channel took their time when creating this one, so if you don’t have 20 minutes to watch, we have condensed it into some key highlights for you.
The Kriss Vector 10mm Rifle
In this video, we get to see the new 10mm rifle in action, which features a faux suppressor over the barrel for an aggressive look and tactical feel. Overall, the barrel is 16” long, which is in line with previous caliber releases. While the weapon includes MBUS sights, this video also features the Leupold D-EVO and Aimpoint Micro. When put side-by-side to his original .45 ACP model, the new 10mm model appears largely the same. As observed in the video, the trigger is upgraded and there are some slight aesthetic changes, but overall the fire controls remain consistent, which is sure to be welcomed by experienced Kriss owners.
One thing that is largely different with the new model is that it comes standard with an adjustable stock rather than the original folding stock. Longtime Kriss owners can still take advantage of the modularity though, as changing the stock is as simple as removing the pin and putting in a folding stock.
Shooting the Kriss Vector 10mm
Before shooting the new Vector, this video takes a closer look at the controls, which should be familiar to Kriss owners. It uses a non-reciprocating charging handle, a conveniently-located bolt hold, ambidextrous safety, and accepts standard 10mm Glock magazines. After going through 25 rounds of ammo, the weapon performs flawlessly using standard Freedom Munitions 10mm ammo. The shooter does observe that the magazine release button is a bit small, but the convenient location makes it easy to access in the field.
Prior to moving onto the next step, this video also tries using a .45 ACP extender with the 10mm magazine to see if it works. In case you were thinking you might try the same, don’t. In this test, you get to see how the magazine extender is not quite compatible, but it is expected they will release a 10mm extender in the coming months.
How Does the 10mm Velocity Hold Up?
To perform a velocity test and see how it compares, the video looks at a 10mm 1911 pistol and compares the results using the same 180 grain Freedom Munitions ammo. By comparison, the 1911 pistol was getting around 1110 feet per second (fps) or so while the Kriss Vector achieved about 1230 fps -a difference of more than 100 fps. This debunks the common myth that a longer barrel will actually slow the bullet down and shows the exact opposite in this case.
Left Handed Warning
Next, we get to see this gun in action from the perspective of another shooter -a lefty. As he is firing, you will notice that his hand tends to creep up on the ejection port. He comments on this after going through a magazine, indicating that a vertical foregrip would definitely be a welcome addition. It’s also important to note that with a Glock magazine system in place, it is not the friendliest for lefties to hit the magazine release. The bolt release, however, is conveniently located for left-handed shooters.
Disassembly and Cleaning
Like many of the features on the new 10mm Vector, if you have another Kriss model you likely don’t need to worry about this. For those new to platform, cleaning is easy. Overall, the Vector is a modular platform. You can substitute many of the parts, including swapping out the lower to change caliber. For this reason, disassembly is kept as a tool-free task. You start by locking the bolt and removing the pins on the lower. Once the pins are taken out, you can simply pull the upper and lower apart.
When the gun is disassembled, you can then remove the operating mechanism, which includes the bolt. With this out, you can do any cleaning you need, wiping down components and cleaning off parts. Keep in mind, the pins are non-retaining, which means you don’t want to misplace them when you take it apart.
Of course, the real concern always remains: how accurate is it? In this test, we get to see that gun hits its mark every time. In the video, the shooter indicates that it should perform nicely at 50-100 yards. He also points out that recoil is relatively light, making it easy to shoot and enjoyable. Considering that there were no misfires or issues in the video, we can assume it is reliable enough as well, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering former models.
If you want to get your hands on one of these new models, make sure to head over to our Omaha Outdoors storefront. For more videos like this, you might consider subscribing to the Military Arms Channel over at YouTube.