Firearms / Pistols / Daewoo K-5

Daewoo K-5

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    South Korea

  • NICKNAMES
    DP51 (civilian sales model)
    XK-5 (early prototypes)

  • DESIGNED
    1984 - 1988

  • DESIGNER
    Daewoo

  • PRODUCTION
    1989 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    South Korea - Daewoo

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Fast trigger mechanism
    A little heavy compared to modern pistols

Introduction

The K-5 is a late Cold War era pistol of South Korean origin. It was designed to supplement and replace older handguns in South Korean service. The design is derived from the Smith & Wesson pistol series.

Design

The design is based on the Smith & Wesson M59 pistol and it looks rather similar. The K-5 has a unique and unconventional trigger mechanism. Once the weapon has been cocked the hammer may be released while the spring retains tension. This allows for a very light double action trigger pull. The rest of the K-5 is conventional, using a aluminum frame and steel slide.

Firepower

The K-5 fires the 9x19mm round from a double stack 13 round magazine. It is semi-automatic and has a quoted maximum effective range of 50 meters. Civilian models are also sold in .380 ACP, .40 S&W en and .45 ACP.

Users

The K-5 is used by the South Korean military and is also in law enforcement use. Various models are sold and exported on the civilian market.

Variants

K-5

K-5: Baseline model for South Korean military use. Chambered in 9x19mm.
DP-51: Civilian model identical to the K-5.
DH-380: Civilian model chambered in .380 ACP.
DH-40: Civilian model chambered in .40 S&W.
DH-45: Civilian model chambered in .45 ACP.

  • Specifications:
  • K-5
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine13 rounds
OperationRecoil operated
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length105 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length190 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.80 kg empty
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

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