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Assault rifle

K2 assault rifle

Overall the South Korean K2 is superior to the US M16 assault rifle

 
 
Country of origin South Korea
Entered service 1984
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm
Weight 3.26 kg
Length 970 mm
Length (with folded stock) 780 mm
Barrel length 465 mm
Muzzle velocity 920 - 960 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 700 - 900 rpm
Practical rate of fire 30 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 20, 30 rounds
Sighting range 600 m
Range of effective fire 460 - 600 m

 

   The K2 assault rifle is produced in South Korea by Daewoo. It is based on the K1 compact assault rifle, which was adopted in 1981. The K2 has a longer barrel and different buttstock. Essentially the K2 is a copy of the Armalite AR-18 assault rifle. This weapon was adopted by the South Korean military in 1984. Since then it is used a standard-issue infantry weapon in South Korea. It is also used by armed forces of several other nations.

   The K2 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon, chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. The K2 has a stamped and welded sheet steel construction rather than machined forging techniques employed in M16. As a result the K2 is built to looser mechanical tolerances. It also reduced its production price. The K2 retains most of the US M16 design features, including a generally similar receiver and bolt group. However this assault rifle has a different gas system which is more reliable. Also Daewoo designers made some other improvements. Overall the K2 is a superior and less expensive weapon than the American M16.

   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 K2 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.

   This weapon has got a side-folding solid buttstock. It is slimmer and lighter than that of the M16. There are also versions of the K2 both with a side-folding and non-folding skeletal metal stock.

   The original K2 has simple iron sights. Front sight post is mounted on the gas block. The rear sight has range adjustments out to a range of 600 m. The original K2 assault rifle could be fitted with add-on Picatinny-type scope rail, which does not block the iron sights. With this scope rail it can mount various sights or night vision scopes. Effective range of fire is 460 to 600 meters, depending on the ammunition type used.

   The K2 can mount a knife-bayonet. The bayonet lug is identical to that of the M16 series. The K2 can also mount a K201 40 mm underbarrel grenade launcher. It is a South Korean license-produced version of the US M203. Other accessories include a bipod.

 

Variants

 

   K1 is a compact assault rifle. It is similar to the K2, but has a shorter barrel and a retractable steel wire stock. This weapon has an effective range of 250 meters.

   K2A is an improved version of the K2. It has a different foregrip with a full-length Picatinny type scope rail and accessory rails. The scope rail does not block the iron sights. 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 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.

   K2C1 is a full size assault rifle with a telescopic buttstock. Its buttstock is similar to that of the Barrett REC7.

   AR-100 or DR-100 is a civilian semi-automatic only version of the K2. It was produced by Daewoo until 1994.

   DR-200 is another civilian semi-automatic weapon with a solid non-folding buttstock. Its buttstock transitions into a pistol grip. This weapon is also a Daewoo product. It was produced since 1994.

   DR-300 is a civilian semi-automatic rifle, chambered for a 7.62x39 mm ammunition.

 

 
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