Kriss releases rimfire AR with new Defiance DMK22

Kriss USA partnered with War Sport Manufacturing for the Defiance DKM22CC-LVOA, pictured above. (Photo: Kriss USA)

Kriss USA partnered with War Sport Manufacturing for the .22LR Defiance DKM22CC-LVOA, pictured above. (Photo: Kriss USA)

Kriss USA will premiere its first rimfire AR rifle — the Defiance DMK22 — next week in Las Vegas at the gun industry’s annual trade show.

The .22-caliber Defiance Series of rifles will retail for $699 and in stores in 2017’s second quarter, the company says.

Offered in a variety of attractive Ceraktote color finishes, the DMK22 series features a 16.5 inch 4140 Chrome Moly barrel with a 1-in-16 inch twist rate.

A 13-inch free floating aluminum handguard features a 1913 Picatinny top rail as well as modular rail section attachments at three-, six- and nine o’clock positions.

Rifle receivers are forged from aluminum alloy and are compatible with AR-15 upgrade parts to include mil-spec buttstocks, pistol grips, dust covers charging handles and forward assists.

The Defiance’s bolt catch with the included .22LR mag locks the bolt back when empty, even if the magazine is removed. Select 22LR AR mags will work alongside the rifle; though they won’t trigger the bolt catch.

Shooters that prefer to tweak their ARs can further customize the Defiance series through different barrel profiles courtesy of a patent pending barrel adapter system. Additionally, the DMK22 is compatible with most Ruger 10/22 aftermarket barrels as well as a select number of AR aftermarket trigger packs.

Kriss partnered with War Sport Manufacturing to bring one more version of the DKM22 series to life. The Low Visibility Operations Application rifle, or DKM22CC-LVOA, features the same specs as the aforementioned Defiance rifles but includes the War Sport LVOA modular handguard.