K3 machine gun in the hands of a South Korean soldier.
Source: US Marine Corps (Cpl. Gregory A. Russel) - © public domain
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.
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.
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.
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.
Side view of K3 machine gun showing forearm and stock that distinguish the K3 from the Minimi.
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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.
The K3 was developed to replace the heavier M60 in infantry sections in the South Korean military.
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