Country of origin
5.56 x 45 mm
Length (with folded stock)
920 - 960
Cyclic rate of fire
700 - 900 rpm
Practical rate of fire
30 - 100 rpm
20, 30 rounds
Range of effective fire
460 - 600 m
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
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
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)
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.
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
Other accessories include a bipod.
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
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.
It is a more compact version of the K2A with a shorter barrel and
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.
DR-100 is a
civilian semi-automatic only version of the K2. It was produced by
Daewoo until 1994.
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