I remember shooting the KRISS Vector for the first time at Industry Day at the Range held the day before SHOT Show…a number of years ago. It was less than 10, but just barely. It was bizarre looking and people had no reservations about saying so. Many compared it to a giant stapler. Most said it was too goofy to stick around for very long.

I kept saying, “But did you shoot it? It’s a .45, it has no recoil, and it has no muzzle flip, plus it felt great to shoot and it takes Glock mags. They might have something here.”

These days, it’s in pretty much every modern shooter video game there is and the innovative Vector has become quite popular, despite the fact that the original version is an SBR that goes for about $1,500. There are compliant carbine versions available as well.

The Vector uses a unique delayed blowback system combined with an in-line design that reduces felt recoil and muzzle rise, two big issues with submachine guns. They call it the Super V Recoil Mitigation system. Essentially, instead of the bolt moving back and forth, it’s hinged on an arm, so the rearward motion of the bolt when the gun is fired is directed downward instead of toward the shooter. This minimizes felt recoil and redirects it to combat muzzle rise/flip.

Until now, Vector pistols, SBRs, and carbines have been chambered in various pistol calibers, including 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 10mm, and .357 SIG, (users can swap calibers by simply swapping lower receivers). Now, KRISS is bringing a new chambering to the Vector line: .22 LR.

KRISS Vector CRB .22LR
The new Vector CRB .22LR in its three available colors. KRISS USA

“The release of the Vector .22LR is an important milestone in the development of the Vector platform by making it more accessible to shooters of all skill levels and budget-minded consumers,” said Tim Seargeant, KRISS USA Marketing Manager, in a release.

The new Vector 22 will be available in a carbine version (Vector CRB) and as a short barreled pistol version with a stabilizing brace (Vector SDP-SB) in the same three colors as the other Vectors: black, flat dark earth, and alpine white. And with the Super V system…you’ll probably have to listen to make sure you fired a round, because you probably won’t feel it.

Just like the other Vectors, this model features an extremely low bore axis and a linear blowback action, but unlike other models that use standard Glock mags, the .22 version is fed from a proprietary 10-round magazine. KRISS says 30-round proprietary extended magazines will also be available. (Kind of a shame they couldn’t use the new .22LR mags for the Glock 44.)

Kriss Vector 22 pistol
The new Vector is also available as a pistol version, the Vector SDP-SB .22LR with a 6.5-inch barrel and an SB Tactical Stabilizing Brace. KRISS USA

The Vector CRB .22LR model features a 16″ threaded barrel, surrounded by an M-LOK modular handguard. Standard features include a picatinny top rail affixed with low profile front and rear flip-up sights, an ambidextrous safety, and a 6-position M4 style stock.

The Vector SDP-SB .22LR model features a 6.5″ threaded barrel, a Picatinny top rail affixed with low profile front and rear flip-up sights, an ambidextrous safety, and an SB Tactical Stabilizing Brace.

So how much does it cost? KRISS is setting the starting MSRP at $649, so you can probably expect to see them somewhere around $610 in the real world. For contrast, the carbine version of the Vector Gen II in 9mm has an MSRP of $1,499.

KRISS says the new Vector 22 will be present at the 2020 SHOT Show, so here’s hoping we get a chance to shoot it and report more in the near future.

A Vector Gen II SBR in 9mm for comparison.
A Vector Gen II SBR in 9mm for comparison. KRISS USA