Kriss USA Unveils Defiance DMK22 Rimfire AR-15

posted on January 20, 2017
KRISS USA introduced the new Defiance DMK22 series of .22 LR AR-15 sporting rifles. Models include the DMK22C, in various Cerakote color finishes, and the DMK22C-LVOA, with exclusive licensing from War Sport Manufacturing LLC.

“The Defiance DMK22 is a trailblazing rifle that sets a new standard for performance, build quality, and upgradability for the .22 LR sporting rifle segment," said Tim Seargeant, KRISS USA’s marketing manager. “The DMK22 is a no-compromises rifle. It offers the same feel, functionality, and upgradability as a centerfire AR-15, but at rimfire cost of ownership.”

The DMK22C features a 16.5-inch 4140 Chrome Moly barrel with a 1:16 twist rate, 1/2x28 TPI threading and black-nitride coating. The 13-inch free floating handguard is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, with a Picatinny top rail and modular rail section attachment points at the three, six, and nine o’clock positions.

The proprietary sporting rifle receivers are forged from an aluminum alloy and are designed to be compatible with AR-15 upgrade parts; such as mil-spec buttstocks, pistol grips, dust covers, charging handles, forward assists, magazine releases, muzzle devices and handguards. The bolt catch functions with the included Defiance .22 LR magazine to lock the bolt back when empty, even when the magazine is removed.

Further customization can be achieved with different barrel profiles, through a patent-pending barrel adaptor system. The DMK22C is also compatible with most Ruger 10/22 aftermarket barrels. Additionally, select .22 LR AR-15 magazines also fit and feed in the Defiance DMK22C, though they do not trigger the bolt catch. The DMK22C is also compatible with a select number of AR-15 aftermarket trigger packs.

KRISS USA reached an agreement with War Sport Manufacturing LLC to bring a .22 LR version of its Low Visibility Operations Application (LVOA) rifle to the market. The officially licensed Defiance DMK22C-LVOA offers the same features and compatibility as the DMK22C, with the iconic War Sport LVOA modular handguard.

The Defiance DMK22C sporting rifle line up will be available Q2 2017, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $699.00. The DMK22C-LVOA as well as base models of the DMK22C will be offered in hard anodized black finish. Additional colors will be available in flat dark earth, OD green and alpine white ceramic Cerakote finish.


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