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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.