Vector, a name that makes most people think of an athletic cereal, but for airsoft enthusiasts the first thing that comes to mind is Modern Warfare 2 followed by the SMG. This SMG was a gun designed for police forces and militaries alike using a 45.cal pistol round. Its advanced design was to reduce the recoil of the 45.cal and keep the gun on target using an innovative recoil system that transferred the recoil down opposed to into your shoulder. The results were more than unbelievable and it easily beat the H&K UMP and all other 45.cal SMG’s, allowing the user to use the 45.cal effectively compared to the 9mm.
Now it is nothing truly new, we’ve had this gun on the market for years as GBB version created in a partnership with KRISS & KWA, but the break up left us with mixed feelings. For years most of the community asked for this SMG to be formatted as an AEG. KRISS answered the call and produced a 1.1 replica of the real world counterpart with the sister company Krytac. Now with all the hype and a good percentage of Reddit having Vector talk it was well passed overdue that I take a look at this AEG.
To start off this AEG out of the box comes with two Midcap 90rnd Magazines a manual and the Vector. Krytac is known for their detailed manuals and high-quality internals; this gun is no different in the build quality. The outer body is solid as a rock and littered with Vector “V” trades all over. This adds a very authentic feeling and a unique serial number only adds to that. The Canadian Model Comes with a Defiance Airsoft model suppressor on the end with an extended inner barrel to meet Canadian Legal FPS requirements (365 FPS). The suppressor is removable and reviles 14mm counter-clockwise threads.
Starting with the magazine release; my one gripe with this rifle by far. It is designed for use with “pistol” magazines, but it’s very small, being only really friendly for right-handed shooters and can prove to be difficult to find or manipulate when under stress. The positive is that in order to change magazines you really need to be dedicated to it and it isn’t easy to depress the button accidentally.
The trigger is electronic or MOSFET-ed and gives a snappy response, but there is no wall and the trigger is extremely sensitive once you place pressure on it. This doesn’t allow you to sit on the trigger or “feel” the reset. For some, I can see the appeal, but for myself, its a disappointment as feeling the reset is an added touch to me. The safety of the gun is located above the trigger and toggles nicely, however, I did notice if you toggle it slowly it de-cocks the spring. So if you are done airsoft-ing for the day you can relax the spring tension putting less tension on the internal components. This is a big plus in my books and it’s good for the longevity of the AEG’s life. Next up you have the fire select. Now as advertised this gun has 3 options for firing and all work exceedingly well. The two round burst is the main interest for me and performs admirably with the occasions double feed if the gun is de-cocked via the safety being toggled, otherwise, it’s on point!
90% of the moving parts of the gun have a functional use, with the exception of the bolt hold open, as this gun has no fake bolt so to speak. However, actuating the charging handle allows the dust cover to open revealing the Hop-up on the right-hand side. This is a good feature as it protects the internals from the elements adds to the “cool” factor. The stock folds to the right and locks firmly in place both in the closed and open position. the rear butt is adjustable for length of pull depending on the length of your arms.
Now the breakdown of this gun is not as easy as you would think. The lower receiver can be separated via punching four pins: two on the top and top on the bottom. Prior to splitting the upper and lower, the base-plate comes out along with the spring-guide and the spring. The lower receiver houses the gearbox, hop-up, and the second portion of the fire control unit; the first portion is located in the upper with the micro-switch and selector lever. To remove the gearbox you need to unscrew the 3 primary body screws on the left side, right side and the front internal screw holding the charging handle spring. (disclaimer: if you are new to airsoft or not a “tech head” I don’t recommend you crack the gearbox open.)
Now lucky for us, KRISS went with as much compatibility with the regular AEG market and some of the compatible internals are the Short type Ver.3 motor, Krytac M4 hop-up unit, V2 gearset & Piston and Cylinder and the V2 tappet plate. However, for the remainder, you will be hard pressed to using KRISS-es proprietary parts. I will say they are not made cheaply though so the matter of them breaking are relatively slim.
The image above shows how the gearbox and fire control system sits inside the body of the gun along with the battery cavity in the pistol grip. The battery cavity space is small, tight and relatively tiny. It only allows room for a short stick type 11.1 or 7.4 lipo battery, but once you work the battery in the butt plate closes nicely allowing you to finally fire the gun! The gun runs incredibly well off the battery and last roughly half a day with extensive shooting. Be mindful you may need at least two or three to run this gun constantly.
Now the hop-up unit features a bright orange soft rubber with grooves cut into the internal ridge allowing the bucking to grab the BB and line it better in the inner barrel. It’s an interesting design and functions well. The nub is secured with a teardrop style pocket on the adjustment arm. the Canadian version of the vector has a 300mm inner barrel as well.
The Vector is quite the eye turning SMG, with a space age design and a wicked multiple fire mode selection this AEG is nothing short of what KRISS went out to make. I must admit, KRISS impressed me with the build quality of this gun; it was a pleasant surprise and is well worth the price tag if you can spare the cash. My only gripes being the design on the mag catch, the lack of a definitive trigger, and the steep price tag for Canadians as this AEG is listed well over 700 dollars, but if you are itching to get your hands on a Vector AEG – it’s worth the money.
– Schoolboy out