300 - 457
13, 15 rounds
~ 50 m
Range of effective fire
~ 50 m
pistol was developed by the Daewoo Precision Industries, a branch of
the Daewoo Corporation. The Daewoo Precision Industries is a turnkey
Colt factory, built in the 1970s. This factory has produced millions
of licensed versions of the
M60 and other American weapons. Development of the K5 pistol started
in around 1985. In 1990 this pistol was adopted by the South
Korean armed forces. It was the
first indigenously designed military pistol. It is a standard issue
sidearm in service with the South Korean armed forces. The K5
pistol is also available for export and civilian customers as the
K5 is based on
Browning Hi-Power and Smith & Wesson 59 series pistols. It is a short-recoil,
locked breech weapon. It uses a widespread Browning-type locking
system. This pistol is cambered for
standard 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. However there are export
versions of the DP51 chambered for other ammunition. The Daewoo K5
is a combat-proven and reliable weapon, that recommended itself
well. It is light, highly ergonomic, well balanced and reliable.
can be fired in conventional single- and double-action modes.
Unusual feature of the K5 is that it also has a "fast action"
firing mode. Apparently this mode was borrowed from FN's GP "Fast
Action" pistol. So the Daewoo K5 is one of the few triple-action pistols in
the world. Its trigger mechanism allows the hammer to be decocked
while still keeping the mainspring compressed. A light pull on the
trigger causes the hammer to flick back, after which the pistol
would behave in conventional single-action mode. So the "fast
action" mode allows the trigger travel of the double-action mode and
the trigger weight of the single-action mode. This results in a more
accurate first shot.
has ambidextrous manual safety on both sides of the frame. Also
there is a passive firing pin block. It blocks the firing pin from
moving forward, unless the trigger is pulled.
The frame is
made of aluminum, while the slide is made of steel.
The K5 is
fed from double-stack magazines, that hold 13 or 15 rounds. This
pistol is compatible with Smith & Wesson 59 series magazines,
however these slightly protrude from the grip.
has fixed 3-dot sights. The rear sight is dovetailed into the slide.
DP51C is a
compact model with shorter slide, barren and grip. It is fed from
10-round capacity magazines;
variant chambered in .40S&W ammunition;
variant chambered in .45 ACP ammunition;
LH9, modern update of the K5. It was developed by Lionheart
Industries, an independent American owned company.