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Daewoo K3

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    South Korea

  • NICKNAMES
    XK3 (trails designation)

  • DESIGNED
    1978 - 1987

  • DESIGNER
    Daewoo

  • PRODUCTION
    1991 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    South Korea - Daewoo

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited weight
    Large volume of fire
    Dual feed mechanism
    Less reliable than Minimi

Introduction

The K3 is a machine gun of South Korean origin. It was developed by Daewoo in the late 1980's to replace the heavier M60 as an infantry weapon in South Korean service.

Design

The K3 is a belt fed and gas operated machine gun with quick change barrel. The design is a near direct copy of the Belgian FN Minimi light machine gun and looks very similar. The forearm, pistol grip and fixed stock are made from polymer. A bipod and carrying handle are fitted.

Firepower

The K3 fires the 5.56x45mm round in both the M193 and NATO version. It normally uses 100, 200 or 250 round belts but is able to use standard M16 type magazines as well. The cyclic rate of fire is 700 rpm using belts and 1.000 rpm using magazines. The maximum effective range is 800 meters versus area targets.

Users

The primary user of the K3 is the South Korean military, using it as a standard issue weapon. The K3 has been exported to various Asian and South American nations.

Variants

K3

The K3 is a conventional 5.56mm light machine gun. It looks rather similar to the Belgian Minimi and Israeli Negev. The K3 can be identified by the shape of the fixed plastic stock and handguard. Unlike the Minimi and Negev the K3 comes only in one version, a compact version has not been developed.

  • Specifications:
  • K3
TypeMachine gun
Caliber5.56x45mm M193 or NATO
MagazineBelt fed, 100, 200, 250 rounds
STANAG magazines, 20, 30 rounds
OperationGas operated, rotating bolt, open bolt
Fire selector0-F
Rate of fire700 rpm (belt)
1.000 rpm (magazines)
Barrel length533 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 185 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity960 m/s (M193)
915 m/s (NATO)
StockFixed
Length1.030 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.85 kg empty with bipod
SightsIron sights, post front and adjustable rear, 400 to 1.000 m gradations
RemarksBipod

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