I have an irrational hatred of this gun.
Yes, I hate this gun, and I know it’s irrational. It’s a fine gun… shoots well enough and from my experience is reliable and easy to make accurate hits with. But I still hate it. Let me tell you why.
First time I really examined one was at Crusader Weaponry’s old Utah facility. Gundoc had one in for some custom work. He had it broken down to the smallest of pins, every single piece was disassembled from every other piece. In this state, I concluded from my observation that the Vector is a complicated firearm. I didn’t really favor it for that reason… I’m an Ogre and I prefer more robust, simpler designs. It’s not that it befuddles me or that I don’t understand the function of all the tiny bits… It’s just too complicated for my comfort.
Some time later, while I was still at Basin Sports, a customer ordered one in. On the day he came to pick it up and take it home, this proud Vector Papa asked me my opinion of it. I said basically what I just said here. “They seem to be fine guns, but they are too complicated for my personal tastes.”
Well, the sad customer actually went and cried about that to my Boss. Said he was so angry he wanted to jump over the counter and physically assault me. Which would have been very entertaining for about the 1.5 seconds before I broke his face and one of his arms. Trust me, that would have happened. You know how a Lion looks all tired and slow, yet can totally fuck up a whole pack of hyenas all the sudden when the situation requires? Still… this man’s Pee-Pee was so deep into that Vector that his feelings were ravaged by my comment that the gun was “Complicated“.
I was actually reprimanded about this. Me giving my opinions to customers… Even when directly asked… My opinion was a Basin Sports Hot Topic while I was there. Even though EVERYONE ELSE behind the Gun Counter always toss out their opinions like Rip Taylor tosses Confetti… and Salads, I was to keep my opinion in check. I actually had to apologize to the customer – for giving him the opinion that he asked for. Unreal. “I’m sorry I said your gun was complicated. I should have used smaller words.” Evidently my opinion causes violent reactions in those who have never lived outside of Vernal, Utah. This was also the moment when I realized that I needed to live outside of Vernal, Utah. Hence my response to people who asked why I moved. “It’s complicated.”
I’ve just never really cared for the Vector since that time. I’ve shot them several times since then. Never had a problem. But for the life of me – I still just can’t get over my irrationally hard feelings against the Vector.
See, this is the problem. I want to like this gun. I like the fact that it’s a new design that came from not just thinking outside of the box… but inventing a whole new box to think in. That makes it cool.