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Compact assault rifle

K1 compact assault rifle

The South Korean K1 is based on the American Armalite AR-18 assault rifle

 
 
Country of origin South Korea
Entered service Early 1980s
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm
Weight (empty) ~ 2.9 kg
Length 838 mm
Length (stock retracted) 653 mm
Barrel length 263 mm
Muzzle velocity 820 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 700 - 900 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 250 m

 

   The K1 is a compact assault rifle. It was developed in South Korea by Daewoo. The K1 was adopted in 1981 or 1983. Since then this compact assault rifle is used by South Korea alongside the larger K2 full-size assault rifle. The K1 is used by the special forces and soldiers who do not need a full-size assault rifle. This weapon was also exported to several other nations.

   The K1 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon. It is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Due to its compact dimensions the K1 is often referred as a submachine gun. However it is in fact an assault rifle. It is based on the American Armalite AR-18 assault rifle, that was superior and less expensive than M16, but was not adopted by the United States. The K1 has a stamped and welded sheet steel construction rather than machined forging techniques employed in M16. As a result the K1 is built to looser mechanical tolerances. It also reduced its production price. The K1 retains a number of the M16 design features, including a generally similar receiver and bolt group. However this compact assault rifle has a different gas system which is more reliable. Also Daewoo designers made some other improvements to this weapon. Overall it proved to be a very successful combat weapon.

   A fire mode selector is located on the left side of the receiver. It is conveniently operated by the shooter's thumb. The fire mode selector has positions for "safe", "semi-auto", "3-round burst", and "full-auto". There are semi-automatic only versions of this weapon aimed at civilian customers and law enforcement market.

   The K1 is normally fed from 30-round capacity magazines. Though sometimes it is used with older 20-round magazines. Both are standard NATO (M16-type) magazines.

   The K1 has a retractable steel wire buttstock. The different gas system of this weapon allowed to fit a completely retractable buttstock. At the same time the M16 can not be adapted for a side-folding stock due to its internal design features.

   The original K1 has simple iron sights. Front sight post is mounted on the gas block. This weapon has an effective range of 250 meters.

 

Variants

 

   K1A is an improved version. It has a different foregrip with a full-length Picatinny-type scope rail, which do not blocks the iron sights. This weapon can mount various sights or night vision scopes. The K1A has also got accessory rails on the foregrip. It can mount tactical flashlights, laser pointers, vertical grips and other accessories.

   K2 is a full-size assault rifle with a different side-folding solid buttstock. It was developed alongside the K1 and was adopted by the South Korean military in 1984.

   K2A is an improved version of the K2. It has a different foregrip with a full-length Picatinny type scope rail and accessory rails. This weapon was introduced in 2014. South Korea performed field tests of this weapon. It was planned that if these tests are successful production of this weapon would begin in 2015. It was planned that by 2017 the K2A will replace the M16A1 in service with the South Korean military.

   K2C carbine. It is a more compact version of the improved K2A with a shorter barrel and telescopic M4-style buttstock. This weapon was tested by the South Korean special forces as a possible replacement for the previous K1A. It was planned that if the tests are successful production of this weapon would begin in 2015. A small number of these carbines were exported to some countries. Notably it is used by Iraqi special forces.

   K7 submachine gun. This weapon is based on the receiver of the K1, but is chambered for a 9x19 mm ammunition. It is fed from 30-round capacity magazines. This weapon has an effective range of 135 m.

   Daewoo MAX-1 and MAX-2 are semi-automatic only versions of the K1. These weapons were aimed at civilian customers and law enforcement forces.

 

 
K1 compact assault rifle

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