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Daewoo XK8

Assault rifle

Daewoo XK8

The Daewoo XK8 (DAR-21) assault rifle was not accepted to service with the South Korea

Country of origin South Korea
Entered service -
Caliber 5.56x45 mm
Weight (empty) 3.8 kg
Length 780 mm
Barrel length 508 mm
Muzzle velocity 920 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 800 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 600 m


   The Daewoo XK8 assault rifle (also known as the DAR-21) was developed to replace the previous Daewoo K2 in service with the South Korean armed forces. It was first publicly revealed in 2003. However this weapon was never adopted by the South Korea. Also it received no export orders. This assault rifle was never produced in quantity.

   The XK8 is a gas operated, selective fire assault rifle with a bullpup design. It is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Housing of this weapon is made of polymer materials.

   The Daewoo XK8 is not fully ambidextrous because of its design limitations. There is only one spent case ejection port on the right side. The cocking handle is located on the left side of the receiver.

   A fire mode selector is located well behind the magazine. This weapon can fire in "semi-auto", "3-round burst", and "full-auto" modes. Enlarged triggerguard of this assault rifle allows to fire while wearing winter gloves.

   The Daewoo XK8 is fed from a standard NATO (M16-type) magazines, holding 30 rounds. It is also compatible with older 20-round capacity magazines, that are still used by the South Korean military.

   The Daewoo XK8 has an integral Picatinny-type scope rail. It comes as standard with a 3x magnification scope and a laser pointer. Both of them are mounted on the same scope rail. The laser pointer emits either visible or infrared beams. Other scopes or night vision sights may be fitted. A claimed range of effective range of fire is 600 meters.

   Some sources report that a shortened carbine version of this rifle was also developed.


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