The thing you have to love about the Swiss is that they don’t mess around. The KRISS subgun is now being made in the US, in both full auto (with burst), and semi auto for the civilian market. I’m sure many of you have seen the Discovery Channel episode featuring the KRISS. We are probably three years now from when that first aired, and the gun is finally maturing from simply a good idea to useful and usable complete weapons system.
The concept and design of the KRISS hasn’t changed and it is still something of revolutionary. The recoil of the .45ACP cartridge is driven down instead of back into the shoulder, and this makes the gun much more controllable than a standard .45ACP subgun.
Unfortunately the folks at KRISS, Discovery Channel or not, are still in the explaining the concept phase. As I’ve said in many other articles here, new concepts don’t go very well in the gun industry and the Kriss is no different. I think this new version that will be coming out in the summer with rails and a collapsible stock will bring them finally into the mainstream. I hope they also upgrade to a a native English speaker to explain the product. We get it that you can “punch your opponent with good old .45ACP slugs.” What we really want to know are the details of the cyclic rate, the burst feature, how many rounds it goes between cleaning, the wear parts, +P ammo, etc.
For police and military use I think the KRISS technology needs some real hardcore testing. Recoil is a brutal force that can wear and break the insides of a firearm pretty fast if it isn’t handled right. I’m sure police armorers will be ordering test guns when they see this new refined model. I saw the KRISS handle tens of thousands of rounds on SHOT Media Day with no real failures, but this is the kind of thing that you have to prove out yourself if you plan to rely on a firearm in real and not just theoretical gunfights.
For sheer firepower on target the .45ACP KRISS and its unique recoil management system has the potential to take significant market share in the police and military market. Now that it will be updated with rails and an comfortable and adjustable stock it may just be ready for prime time. I’d like to see our experienced police writers (Brian Jensen and Jim Higginbotham) compare it side by side with the H&K platform, and even the AR platform.
The semi-auto version doesn’t get a lot of play from KRISS. It could be that they just sell themselves and the potential for sales profits in what is probably still a handmade gun are greater in the law enforcement and military market. I hope to get a test gun from KRISS myself in the near future, so stay tuned for that. Until now I have considered the KRISS a nifty novelty gun available in small numbers. This year I think the commercial market will take off, and we’ll be there first to show you what you get for your money.