Firearms

Kriss Vector SDP 22 — More Fun Than Imagined

Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol with the buffer tube unfolded, left profile

Like many gun owners, the looks, design, and format of the Kriss Vector falls into the same realm as a Desert Eagle, UZI, or Bond Arms derringer. The format looks cool and is super fun. That uniqueness also leaves a lot of buyers wondering if the features deliver something beyond a range toy. I was in that category when presented with a deal on a new Kriss Vector SDP chambered in .22 LR.

The deal was too good to pass up. However, even as I was heading home from my FFL, I started to wonder whether the $749 MSRP Kriss Vector SDP .22 LR was worth the “seller needed money right now” price I paid. As quickly as the first magazine emptied, I was hooked.

Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol, left profile
For the Kriss Vector owner, this is the perfect analogy. For those who always wanted a Kriss, this is a great entry-level, price point gun.

Vector 22 Features

Who would have ever thought that a 5.9-pound,16.75-inch .22 LR pistol would be a hoot to shoot and shockingly accurate? I literally have factory Ruger 10/22 rifles that are not as accurate as this 6.5-inch barreled Vector 22. Though match-grade 40-grain ammo over 950-ft/sec offered the best accuracy, my Kriss Vector 22 delivered a rather amazing 10-round 50-yard CCI Mini-Mag group with just a red dot and 3x magnifier. Kriss delivered a perfect design that is nearly identical in weight, function, and length compared to the centerfire models. That design also happened to really help the accuracy of the .22 LR round.

Instead of a 5.5-inch centerfire barrel with a Super-V (recoil canceling bolt/carrier), Kriss beefed up and extended the barrel to 6.5 inches on the .22 LR. This was done to offset the lack of weight from the omitted Super-V action. It did a few things.

The barrel is free floating and now has a stiff, mid-weight barrel profile. The barrel, coupled with the excellent Kriss Vector trigger, recessed match muzzle crown, and heavy hammer pressure, delivers amazing accuracy and reliability — far beyond what anyone would expect from this format. Kriss is using what looks very similar to an upside down Ruger 10/22 bolt that clearly adds to the reliability and accuracy.

Accuracy

I was really expecting a (baseline) plinking level of accuracy from the Vector 22 (similar to a S&W 15-22), and not 10-rounds in one ragged hole at 50-yards with CCI Mini-Mags. The other surprising attribute was the exceptionally high reliability. Kriss did a fantastic job with its magazine design and the gun’s reliability.

I think Kriss could have improved capacity beyond 10 rounds of .22 LR in a Glock 45 full-sized magazine. However, it works and is reliable. In addition, the extremely heavy hammer strike delivers excellent ignition — even with bulk pack, inexpensive rounds. The result is (what would otherwise be just a fun gun) both accurate enough for hunting, and reliable enough to rely on when needed.

Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol, right profile, in a bed of river rock
The high barrel-to-sight offset does take some getting used to. However, the gun is still very shootable.

The only downside to the format is adjusting for the 4-inch barrel-to-optic offset. The Vector design increases the bore offset by about 1.5–2 inches (depending on your optic mount height). Technically, most owners zero to 40 to 70 yards, which provides a nice zero at both points.

Mentally, this can be a bit flustering when standing in front of a 6-foot rattler that you want the head to blow off, while working through the 3.8-inch zero-to-bore offset at 10 feet. Though very capable at longer ranges, my SDP 22 is now zeroed at 25 yards (like every other .22 pistol I own).

Vector 22 SDP Specifications

Model: Vector 22 SDP
Caliber: .22 LR
Capacity: 10/30 rounds
Barrel length: 6.5 inches
Overall length: 16.75 inches
Operating system: Direct blowback
Action Type: Semi-automatic
Color options: Black, FDE, or white
Weight: 5.9 pounds
Barrel material: 4140 Chrome Moly
Barrel finish: Black Nitride (QPQ)
Twist rate: 1:16″ RH
Thread pitch: 1/2×28
Trigger: Pivoting, single stage

Conclusion

The reality of the Kriss SDP 22 Vector is far better than I had expected. At this point, I have shot over 2,000 rounds through the Kriss Vector SDP 22 and only had one ammo-related failure. This reliability makes it the most dependable and reliable .22 LR I own. The pistol is a joy to shoot.

10-shot group form a Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol
The author appreciated the shockingly-good accuracy with CCI Mini-Mags (10-round, 50-yard group).

For Kriss centerfire owners, I would buy one of these just to have an inexpensive trainer. For those who have always wanted a Kriss, the Vector 22 is an outstanding gun that will likely get shot far more than its centerfire siblings, but will ultimately drive shooters to also owning a 9mm, 45 ACP, or 10mm centerfire version as well.

It looks crazy, but owners are absolutely rabid when defending how well the Kriss Vector shoots. What’s take on the Vector SDP 22? Share your answers in the Comment section.

  • Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol with the buffer tube unfolded, left profile
  • Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol, left profile
  • Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol with the buffer tube folded
  • Folded Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol topped with a Holosun AEMS red dot sight.
  • Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol, right profile, in a bed of river rock
  • 10-shot group form a Kriss Vector SDP 22 pistol
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Comments (4)

  1. Glock 44 magazines are not compatible. You have to use Kriss magazines, unlike the other calibers for the Kriss.

  2. “I think Kriss could have improved capacity beyond 10 rounds of .22 LR in a Glock 45 full-sized magazine.” Exactly the way everyone felt about the Glock 44 too! It isn’t clear, but if the Kriss does use a Glock dimensioned magazine, well ProMag makes one for the Glock 44 that holds 25 rounds, and is usually priced cheaper than an OEM G44 magazines. The ProMag seems to operate flawlessly, and the only down side is the rather small “helper” loading buttons on each side, when loading rounds 20-25, it starts to get rather painful for the thumb and index finger. However that is quickly forgotten momentarily while mag dumping 25 rounds instead of 10. :-). My thoughts about the ProMag for the G44 is: If Glock would have worked with ProMag, then the G44, would have come with the 15 round magazines EVERYONE was expecting, and now waiting on. It would be interesting to know, if the ProMag for the G44 does work in the Kriss.

  3. Do not really know a lot about the platform, but always tjought it was interesting. With the short barrel and a stovk or a brace, the price woukd make it very tempting, EXCEPT- 10 round capacity, in presumably proprietary magazines? Nope.

    Make it feed from Ruger magazines.

  4. Looks like a nail gun. ( Pun intended) although really futuristic looking nail gun. Gotta wonder how many movies will feature them in the future.

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