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First Look: Kriss USA Defiance DMK22 Rifle

First Look: Kriss USA Defiance DMK22 Rifle

Kriss USA announced that it is finally shipping its new Defiance DMK22 carbines out to dealers, providing consumers with an AR-15-style rifle chambered in the popular and inexpensive .22 LR. A number of models are offered by the company, including a special DMK22 LVOA edition licensed through War Sport Manufacturing.

The Kriss USA DMK22 rifle is constructed with a proprietary receiver made from aluminum alloy and are compatible with a number of standard AR-15 aftermarket parts, including mil-spec carbine stocks, pistol grips, dust covers, charging handles, forward assists, magazine releases and handguards.

The rifle is built with a 16.5-inch barrel made from 4140 chrome-moly steel, featuring a 1:16-inch rate of twist and a nitride coating that protects the barrel from corrosion and wear. The muzzle of the DMK22's barrel incorporates 1/2-28 TPI threading, making it compatible with a wide aftermarket of standard AR-15 muzzle devices.

The standard Kriss Defiance DMK22 rifles are equipped with a 13-inch free-float handguard that's machined from aluminum and provides users with a Picatinny top rail, along with modular attachment points at 3-, 6- and 9-o'clock positions on the rail. The special-edition War Sport Manufacturing DMK22 LVOA rifle is equipped with War Sport's LVOA handguard, providing users with its own unique modular setup.

One of the benefits of the Defiance DMK22 is the inclusion of a bolt catch that holds the bolt open on the company's empty Defiance .22 LR magazines. The catch locks the bolt to the rear, holding the action open after the magazine has been removed from the mag well. A number of .22-LR AR-15 magazines on the market will function reliably in the Defiance, though they will not hold open after the last round has been fired.

The Kriss Defiance DMK22 is equipped with a specially designed barrel adapter that allows owners to swap out the barrel with most aftermarket .22-LR barrels designed for use on the Ruger 10/22. In addition, a number of aftermarket drop-in triggers designed for use in standard AR-15 rifles will also work with the DMK22.

Each Kriss USA Defiance DMK22 ships with a pair of the company's low-profile flip-up sights. Models are available in black, flat dark earth, OD green and alpine finishes. The suggested retail price on the gun is $699.

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