This weeks episode covers the KRISS-V Semi-Automatic 45 ACP.  This is the formal web article of the portion.  In the bottom of the article is the Weblink for the video component.  Click the READ MORE below to read the full article.

KRISS-V Semi-Auto Carbine

by Jessie Indracusin


I was able to get a few hours of range time with the KRISS-V doing some test fires.  This is a truly interesting gun to shoot.  I wish I had some more time with the gun and expect a sample from TDI to be able to do some further tests with.  We will also breakdown the gun into the individual components and do a studio episode to cover that.  Our test shoot fired both American Eagle ammunition and Magtech  ammunition (FMJ versions of both).  Approximately 200 rounds were fired without a single jam.  This includes both rapid fire and slow fire tests. 


The KRISS-V was designed to create the least amount of recoil possible in a gun.  Most 45 caliber weapons have a high recoil arc which pops the front of the gun up, creating a significant angle of pop-up.  When you add more and more rounds behind this, the recoil becomes more noticable.  This system was designed from the beginning to be very low recoil, especially for an automatic gun.  The gun is excellent at accomplishing this.

The gun utilizes Glock 45 ACP magazines.  There is an option for an extender on the Glock Magazine (it's a removal of the floor plate and this "extender" moves the magazine to 30 rounds.  During my tests, it was damn near impossible to get over 28 rounds in the magazine.  I am sure after some more use, the magazine will allow the other two rounds. 

The recoil is directed in a radically different direction than a normal weapon.  The recoil is directed in a "V" formation.  If you look at the  diagram below, you will see what we are referring to.  The direction of the recoil makes the gun have very little pop-up.  This is probably one of the most radical changes I have seen to a rifle in a long time.  Until we have some more time with the gun, I am unsure how reliable the gun will be.  The mechanics of this gun are so radical and have so many more moving parts, I am a little apprehensive about discussing the reliability of this gun.  From all of what I have seen the gun is nice. I do not like the sling attachment point on the left side of the rear of the gun.  This is a MAJOR pain manipulating the safety on the gun.  The position of the safety feels very un-natural. 

There are rail points on all the normal parts you would expect on a gun.  It is un-certain if the rails are included or not with the gun.  The sample I fired did not have the side rails and only had the lower and upper rails. 


This is a solid gun.  Only time will tell as far as what the expected new street price will be when people will actual have the option of buying one.  With my limited test, I am unsure on how I compare it to the H&K UMP 45.  With both guns in a semi-auto civilian form, the benefits of the "V" design seems to be a bit lost.  I hope to get my hands on one again and be able to fit it with an Eotech and do some more rigorous testing with it.  I have pretty much nothing bad to say about the H&K.  Any rifle that I can put a full mixture of reloads, Serbian junk ammo and everything else I can find into the gun and never once have a jam, says wonders to the H&K reliability.  Also note, I never broke down the bolt for a complete cleaning on the H&K either, so that says wonders about the design. I will write up a further review on this gun when I can get more time with it.  I wanted to share an initial impressions about the gun for the article as it stands.  Look for future reviews from CTW Review on the KRISS-V


Last Updated (Monday, 30 March 2009 11:27)