So I got my hands on a KWA Kriss Vector today at work…
Oh, did I mention that this is the first KWA Kriss Vector in BC, Canada? Yeah, I was the first one to hold it. Yup, that makes me pretty cool.
The two round burst (as shown in the video clip below) worked extremely well. I could see that being very useful in an Airsoft game – a double tap in a single trigger pull.
The following pictures are slightly blurry as I just snapped these with my phone camera, when I was supposed to be “working.” Sorry.
Note that the bolt (loading nozzle) does indeed tilt as the Super V system does in the real Kriss Vector.
Kriss markings are all there, though slightly blurry in the following pics, they are very clean and distinct on the KWA.
The pins involved in the field strip of the KWA Kriss are held in place by spring detents on the pins – I’ve watched videos on Youtube of how to field strip the gun. They are secure enough to not fall out unless you’re really trying to punch them out – definite plus, as pins falling out of your gun is always going to result in a bad day.
Controls are largely on the left side of the receiver. I’m not sure how I feel about this… manipulation of these various paddles, buttons and switches seemed awkward during my first few minutes of handling the KWA Kriss. Note the position for the 2-round burst on the ambidextrous fire selector lever. I’ve watched videos on Youtube from RA-Tech/Airsoft Taiwan showing that the fire selector bits (amoung other hammer and trigger group parts) are indeed steel – the 2-round burst is here to stay, no more worn out parts as with some earlier KWA/KSC models.
Note the KWA markings are lasered on in white.
“Kriss Vector” is visible near the muzzle-end of the receiver.
The non-reciprocating charging handle is located below this, and is spring loaded to automatically spring forward and fold towards the receiver, out of the way of the shooters hands when released.
Note the included folding front sight (rear is included as well), the included vertical grip with hand stop (not sure what brand it is, though it sure feels solid on there).
Threaded barrel tip is blaze orange on this specific one that came in, as it came in ASAP for a special order. Blaze orange is actually painted on there really good, with a layer of primer underneath – really tough to get it off, as one tech at work had a fun time with. The muzzle is threaded to 16mm CW or 16mm positive.
Included in the KWA box is a stylish metal thread protector that is knurled on the outside (not pictured).
Note that above the outer barrel, there is a plug with a “V” on it. As with the real Kriss, you can remove this cap to install a flashlight or laser without having to mount anything externally. I didn’t get a chance to try this cool feature, but if you’re looking for more information on this you could watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSYBSAgcn38.
Note the side rail which is mounted on the right of the receiver out of the factory. You can swap this to the other side, though I found it slightly uncomfortable to be running my thumb over top of this rail section.
The charging handle can be seen on the left side of the receiver, and you can clearly see that it is slightly angled outwards.
Folding rear sight and fire selector (on fire) are pictured here. The action of the ambidextrous selector is very crisp, though the position is actually pretty high up, uncomfortably accessible from where my thumb would naturally rest when firing.
You can see the folding stock hinge button on the right of this picture.
The folding stock is actually very solid when locked into place and feels great. The positioning of the buttpad and the angle of the cheek rest add up to one hell of a comfortable cheekweld when the gun is up and on target.
I find the positioning of the sling swivel a little weird, as I’ve never shot a gun with a swivel mounted on the top of the receiver, near where my nose would be. This integral sling mount only allows for this position of mounting a single point sling.
To sum it up, I’m impressed, KWA. I’m generally not impressed with most of your products, save for the MP7’s performance and reliability and the HK45’s looks and feel. The Kriss Vector may not be the gun for me, but this is fucking cool (excuse my language).