My beautiful new Krytac Trident SPR was shipped to me from my homies at Fox Airsoft in Colorado. It arrived on my porch via Fedex and I anxiously brought it inside to open it. After separating the brown shipping box from the Krytac box I was able to inspect the packaging. The Krytac comes in a subdued yet artfully designed cardboard box featuring the Krytac logo, the Kraken, off to the side with tentacles covering the rest of the top of the box. It seems silly to describe the box but I figured I would take the time to appreciate that the box was not boring or covered in cheesy pictures like some airsoft gun boxes are.
Inside the box is the following: the gun, a high capacity magazine, high cap winding tool, un-jamming rod, front and rear sights, warranty card, manual, and Krytac sticker. I have not used the high cap magazine on the field yet so I will be leaving it out of the review. The manual is excellent, simple, and well written. It is fairly short and goes over basic airsoft gun care. It also features a breakdown of the parts for the exterior as well as the gearbox of the gun. The parts are labeled well and include the part number. The vinyl sticker, which now resides on my water bottle, was a very cool touch and depicts the Krytac logo and name.
Starting from back to front…
The stock of the Krytac is a little unique but resembles a crane stock. The stock is adjustable with six positions that are labeled on the buffer tube. It was designed to house batteries both vertically in the butt plate and horizontally in the buffer tube and additional chambers to the left and right of the buffer tube (much like a crane stock). This being my first experience with lipo batteries I had a little trouble finding the correct one. I took the gun to my local airsoft store and tried a variety of brick and panel batteries. None of them seemed to fit perfectly. Before the first game I played with it I borrowed a battery and was able to cram it vertically in the butt plate. Getting the battery out proved to be an issue though. To remove the butt plate you have to squeeze two plastic tabs on either side. While I was fighting with the stock and pressing down on these one of the tabs broke off. The next day I called Krytac and spoke to a customer service rep who was very helpful and was able to ship me a replacement part that day. It was not surprising to me that this was not covered under warrantee. With shipping the part cost me $16. Eventually, I found the right batteries that would fit. The Trident was designed to run off lipo batteries and has a small type Tamiya connection. Some of the best batteries I have found to fit are the Tenergy 11.1v 1000mah 3 panel and the Valken 11.1 saddle battery.
The stock is my least favorite part of the gun, mainly due to its wobble. The stock is made of high quality plastic but is a little “chunky” for my taste, but back to the main issue. This stock wobbles a lot more than it should and drives me crazy. Everything else on the gun is rock solid except for the stock. I am being over critical, but that’s what these reviews are for.
The upper and lower receivers are made of aluminum and are stunning. This first thing I noticed was the impeccable paint job. The dull matte black color gives the gun an understated yet classy look. The best part of the paint job is how it covers the receivers and rail segment as well which makes the gun feel very uniform and well constructed.
I have no complaints when it comes to the lower receiver and grip. I am currently using G&P high RPS midcaps and they fit very well. A little wobble, but nothing unexpected. The grip is very thin and feels very much like a real M4. The grip is made of plastic and is glossier than the body of the gun. This does not bother me, but for the sake of the review I figured I would mention it. Stamped on the lower receiver is the Krytac logo and name. The selector switch is ambidextrous which is a nice feature for us lefties.
The main feature of the upper receiver is the locking bolt catch, which pulls back very smoothly. Once everything is locked into place the rotary hop-up system is revealed. The wheel on the hop-up is labeled with numbers to better calibrate with. The wheel clicks into place for every interval. I have found this to be a nice addition if I am switching between different BB’s. When you press the button to release the bolt catch you are rewarded with a satisfying metallic snap as the bolt slides back into place.
One of the main features of this gun is the keymod. The Krytac SPR boasts a 13’’ free float defiance keymod hand guard. With 13” of real estate it easily accommodates any amount of attachments you will want to put on it. I have not used keymod before and none of my rails or attachments would fit on it. So fair warning if you do not have keymod already be prepared to spend a little bit more for your rails and other goodies. I was a little disappointed that the gun did not come with any rails in the box. Perhaps that is something they are going to include in the future. I would also like to see the hand guard sold separately so that I can switch between the 13” SPR and the 10” CRB. All that being said, this hand guard is sexy! I love it because of how slim and low-profile it is.
Internally, the Krytac has all the bells and whistles. The main points I want to focus on are the integrated MOSFET, and quick change spring system. This is the first gun that I know of that features a MOSFET right out of the box. Previously, you would have to install one yourself. Krytac has saved you the trouble by having it already integrated into the gearbox. The MOSFET improves trigger response, regulates electronic signals, and protects trigger contacts. Having the quick change spring is a very nice touch for all those that know the pain of disassembling a gear box just to change the spring. It is not quite as quick as the name suggests but it is definitely an improvement. The internals also include all the usual suspects in a high-end airsoft rifle such as 8mm ball bearing bushings, padded cylinder head, and specially formulated gears.
Out of the box this gun is fantastic. I have been playing airsoft for about 10 years now and this gun definitely outperforms anything else I have bought in the past. My favorite part of the gun is how smooth it is. Thanks to the integrated MOSFET the trigger response is excellent, making pulling the trigger as easy as plucking a guitar string. The Trident’s cycle is extremely clean sounding and has a crisp snap to it. There is subtle recoil and no rattles or motor wine. That being said, it does need a little extra help to take it to the next level as far as performance goes. I have only chronoed it once and it came in at a whopping 300 FPS using .25 BBs. My results from the chrono were 299, 300, and 300. So I give the Krytac lots of kudos for consistency. I am not sure why mine is not shooting at the advertised FPS but I plan on putting in a beefier spring soon and will investigate. The accuracy is very good with good groupings. I was hitting soda cans pretty easily from 125ft. I plan on putting in a tight bore to take the accuracy from good to amazing.
To sum up this review, I am extremely happy with my purchase. Krytac has a solid product that lives up to its hype.
You need Keymod attachments