TFB EXCLUSIVE: $500 KRISS Defiance DMK-22 rifle (VIDEO)

As was announced earlier last week by TFB, KRISS has announced a new .22LR rifle, the DMK-22. What I’ve got for you in this post is exclusive video footage of the new rifle in action.

If you love the AR-15 platform chambered in .22LR, but have never really been satisfied by your options, perhaps the new Defiance DMK-22 rifle by the KRISS Group will suit you. The DMK-22 will accept many standard AR-15 buttstocks, grips, forearms, and drop-in triggers. The KRISS folks were really coy about what kind of barrels it will accept, but think of some of the most popular .22LR rifle barrels out there, and you can tell what they were implying.

The most significant “feature” of this new rifle is perhaps its price point: sub-$500. For less than $500 you’ll get an out-of-the-box AR-style rifle in .22LR. If the rifle actually comes out at that price then I predict these will fly off the shelves.

I spent about 10 minutes with the DMK-22, both holding it and shooting it, and I gotta say that it felt really solid. I own multiple AR-15s and if I were to add this one to my collection it would not only have a home but it would be put to good use. The AR platform is great for plinking, target shooting, and competition. Having an AR chambered in .22LR is a way to keep your ammo costs down. I also really love introducing new shooters to the .22LR round since it doesn’t have a loud report, nor does it have much, if any, recoil.

We will hopefully see the Defiance DMK-22 rifle get out into the wild later this summer. But in the meantime, check out this footage of the rifle in action.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • Jolly

    I WANT!!

  • J.J

    If it’s lower was compatible with different caliber uppers I would buy it in a heartbeat. Otherwise still very nice a worth a look into.

    • aguywhoknows

      The idea was to make a complete upper that is milspec.

      Take your .223 mag out, .223 upper off, put new upper on, insert .22lr mag, TAKATAKATAKA

      • Patrick R.

        The sub $500 price is for a complete rifle.

        • aguywhoknows

          Yes, but with Airsoft-parts (handguard, stocktube etc.)

          I assume they will offer a interchangable upper and mags for less than $500.

          • Patrick R.

            When speaking with KRISS there was no indication that it would be offered as a upper. They may do so, but the information that is out right now does not indicate that is planned.

    • thedonn007

      I was going to ask the same thing, Is this a standard lower?

      • Patrick R.

        Unknown at this point.

        • aguywhoknows

          It´s a Airsoft-lower, not a real lower.

          • Patrick R.

            An Airsoft lower wouldn’t accept drop in triggers.

          • aguywhoknows

            Why wouldnt it? (=

          • Patrick R.

            Unless you are using the term to describe a .22 receiver a true airsoft receiver is not capable of accepting regular rifle parts. I was told that the lower will be a standard lower with some material left in a place that ensures that it will be a dedicated 22.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Of course they would leave material in place to force incompatibility :/

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It accepts drop in AR triggers, so I can think of ZERO technical reason this couldn’t be a real AR lower.

      But, for marketing or for production or cost savings, I don’t know. ‘D be kinda surprised if it was an AR lower legit, only because that makes too much sense!

  • HenryV

    If the controls are a true analogue of the AR then why not? The market does need an alternative to the 10/22. And one of these AR lookalikes perhaps would be an ideal if it was right.

  • Cymond

    Is $500 the price for a base model, or the model shown (KeyMod handguard, Magpul stock)?

  • I was wondering when we were going to hear more about this little guy! I only caught a glimpse at media day

  • Bob O

    So this is a more expensive version of a M&P22?

    • iksnilol

      Nah, allegedly uses 10/22 barrels… and is supposed to be better quality (I think it is made from actual metal and not plastic).

  • stephen

    Awesome – that will be on my pick-up list for the year.

  • Limonata

    Not sure how this is different than the TacSol AR-22 which is also a dedicated 22LR AR that is all metal

  • uisconfruzed

    I want a quality .22LR upper I can drop on my SBR for cheap practice.
    Would this fit & are they going to sell uppers.

  • maodeedee

    What is the mag capacity and what is the cost of spare mags? will there be higher capacity mags in the future? And will it be available in different length interchangeable barrels??