[SHOT 2016] Kriss’ New Defiance DMK-22 Dedicated 22 AR-15

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While visiting our friends at Kriss I was pulled into what appeared to be a coat closet to see the newest thing from Kriss. When he pulled out a AR-15 I was a little baffled as to why it was so super top secret but after looking at it closer I was well aware as to why the DMK-22 is going to change the rimfire 22 market. After spending some time looking it over very closely I noticed that the barrel was not a standard AR-15 barrel, when I asked Kriss what was going on there they replied with “The DMK-22 will accept barrels from a very popular .22”. When I talked to a few other people that were privy to the new DMK-22 we came to the conclusion that they may be using a 10/22 barrel. Kriss declined to confirm our suspicions, I guess we will have to wait to see what happens when the launch the product officially. As of now there is no projected release date.

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I was told that it will accept many standard AR-15 parts like stocks, drop in triggers, grips, charging handles, and even whatever free float tube you would like to use. The DMK-22 was configured with a nice Keymod free float rail, I was not able to find out if that is how the finished product will ship. Another exciting feature is that the last round hold open will work when you use the Defiance magazines.  I was told that the MSRP will be under $500 making this a very cost effective dedicated 22 trainer that allows the use of some of the most common parts on the market.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Harrison Jones

    Wow! I thought this would be $700+. This is replacing the M&P22 AR on my list!

  • Dave

    Hahaha, I came into this article with a ton of skepticism. Change the 22 market? But with that price and being able to use many standard ar components it would make for a great training rifle. I’d just as soon (and already have) just get a cmmg conversion for 200 and use all the parts on my main ar anyway though.

  • C. Her

    I first scanned the article to see what the price was first. When I saw under $500 I went back to the top and read every sentence to make sure they didn’t mean a $500 upper. When I finally understood that the full rifle MSRP was under $500 I choked on my lunch. After unchoking myself I must have this as a trainer! Can’t Wait.

    • De Facto

      Right? After all the other “trainer” pistol caliber carbines checking in between 800-1400, this is a welcome change.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Could be cool with a suppressed barrel like the Gemtech Mist.

    (Worst name for a barrel ever)

    • Patrick R.

      That was my thought …. MMMM integrally suppressed 22 ar.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        All I’d care about is the one-stamp-ness! Suppressed is easy, but SBR an 22lr AR, unlikely.

        • iksnilol

          Aren’t there any .22 upppers that would work on a regular multi caliber AR lower?

          I presume you already have a couple SBR ARs?

          • Cymond

            Numerous companies make drop-in 22lr conversion bolts.
            CMMG, TacCom, Rainier Arms, JP Enterprises, Tactical Solutions, Model 1 Sales, and Chiappa all make or made dedicated 22lr uppers that will work on a standard AR-15 lower.

  • notalima

    I may have to add this to my 15-22. At that price it is VERY attractive.

  • YOLOW

    I just shivered.

  • Meathead

    The barrel appears to have a ramped collar mating with the bolt carrier in the above picture. This is pretty common among a dedicated 22Lr barrel & bolt combo, built a few my self. I like the serrations on that bolt carrier but usually they are just there for show not really functional.
    Nice product anyhow.

    • Patrick R.

      I didn’t think to check the forward assist, but if they put it in there chances are it is functional. Kriss isn’t one for fluff.

      • Using the forward assist on a rimfire cartridge sounds like an excellent way to induce an out of battery detonation.

        • Patrick R.

          Valid point. Sadly I do not know if it is functional or not. I am sure that KRISS has spent plenty of time thinking about safety and liability.

  • jay

    I emailed Kriss:

    “As of right now we have not announced a release date.”

    • Patrick R.

      Thus the reason that it was not in the article. I guess I should add that.

  • Kivaari

    So far I have not met anyone that owns a reliable .22 LR AR-rip off. If someone actually makes a reliable .22 LR, not using pot metal, there is a market.

    • Kefefs

      Have you never met anyone with an M&P15-22?

      • Kivaari

        Just my dealer. He’s sold quite a few rim fire ARs and has not found any to be reliable. It’s always bad when the gun store owner says save my money.

        • Robert Powell

          I have the Colt M4-22 (made by Walther) and it has been very reliable. I’ve run mini mag, stingers, Remington bulk, Remington sub. Only issue was the bulk not firing on a primer strike. And that has only happened once. Probably 500 rounds thru and that’s the only issue? Not bad in my book.

          • Kivaari

            That’s actually pretty good.

    • evi1joe

      All the TACCOM3Gs I’ve had were 100%.
      But if this takes 10/22 barrels, it’ll take that tac sol that’s like 10″ with an addictional 6″ open cage for a suppressor–makes for a 16″ long suppressed gun. I’ll definitely be buying one if they take black dog mags versus 10/22 mags.

      • Patrick R.

        No way for a 10/22 mag to fit in there.

    • hANNABONE

      You should check out the Sig 522 Swat. Yipp, it’s a “real” AR. Go get ya some….

      • Kivaari

        No zinc parts? If so I would look at them. I hate guns that use zinc anywhere. Good sheet metal is superior to the best zinc.

      • jonspencer

        Compass Lake makes a very, very good .22 AR.
        Think Volquartsen custom price.

        Your getting what you pay for.

    • Cymond

      I only have a few hundred round through my CMMGs, but they’ve been really reliable. Both have stainless steel bolts. One is a dedicated 22lr upper, the other is a drop-in conversion bolt.

      • Kivaari

        That’s worth looking into. I have used CMMG parts on several AR builds. They make great parts. Until I went to Geiselle SSA FCGs, the standard CMMG kit had the best GI trigger I had used. Just by feel, they seemed to be about a 50% reduction from the factory Colt and Bushmaster FCGs.

  • Nicholas Chen

    I believe this is under the Krytac brand rather than KRISS. However KRISS has a history or showing interesting concepts but never making it past vapor ware. Krytac has gotten good steam and has pushed product out and gained success. Hopefully this will fall under than model rather than KRISS.