Daewoo K3

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A Daewoo K3 without a disentegrating belt - 5.56x45mm NATO
A Daewoo K3 "Paratrooper" model, with a chopped barrel; buttstock removed to resemble an M249 Paratrooper, and with a 200 round "soft pack" magazine. Guns in similar configurations have been seen in many action films. (This picture was edited in GIMP.)

The K3 is a Korean-made 5.56x45mm light machine gun (LMG) manufactured by S&T Daewoo and used by the armed forces of the Republic of Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia. It strongly resembles the FN Minimi/M249, but it is actually a completely different weapon. However, for film armorers, the K3's close resemblance to the M249 proved handy at a time when the M249 was difficult for armories to acquire. Consequently, there are many action movies and TV shows in which visually modified K3s are used as stand-ins for the M249.

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Specifications

(1991 - Present)

  • Type: Light Machine Gun
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Weight: 15.1 lbs (6.85 kg)
  • Length: 41 in (103 cm)
  • Barrel length: 21 in (53.3 cm)
  • Fire Modes: Full-Auto

The Daewoo K3 light machine gun appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Sucker Punch Vanessa Hudgens Blondie Visually modified to resemble a FN Minimi SPW 2011
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Michael Parks Fritz Tremor Visually modified to resemble an FN Minimi SPW 2010
Driven to Kill Mike Dopud Boris Visually modified to resemble an FN Minimi SPW 2009
Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem National Guard soldiers Visually modified to resemble an FN Minimi SPW 2007
Postal Zack Ward Postal Dude Visually modified to resemble an FN Minimi SPW 2007
Underworld: Evolution Cleaner Visually modified to resemble an FN Minimi SPW 2006
American Soldiers: A Day in Iraq Curtis Morgan SPC Tyler Jackson Visually modified to resemble an M249 SAW 2005
Eddie Della Siepe PFC Roy Pena Visually modified to resemble an M249 SAW
Walking Tall Michael Bowen Sheriff Stan Watkins Visually modified to resemble an FN Minimi SPW 2004
3000 Miles to Graceland Kevin Costner Thomas Murphy Visually modified to resemble an FN Minimi Paratrooper 2001
Joint Security Area ROKA soldiers Visually modified to resemble a M249 SAW 2000
Rules of Engagement U.S Marines Visually modified to resemble a M249 SAW 2000
American Dragons Drive-by shooter Visually modified to resemble an FN Minimi Paratrooper 1998

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The X-Files Military/Black-ops personnel "Paratrooper" variant / "Max" (S4E18), "Patient X" (S5E13) 1997 - 1998
Stargate SG-1 Various SG-1 personnel Visually modified to resemble the M249 Paratrooper and FN Minimi SPW 1997 - 2007
Harsh Realm Republican Guard sentry With night-vision sight / "Cincinnati" 1999 - 2000
The X-Files - Season 7 Virtual Reality Game Enemy Combatants Buttstocks removed, 100-round drum magazines / "First Person Shooter" (S7E13) 2000
Stargate: Atlantis Various Atlantis personnel Visually modified to resemble FN Minimi SPW 2004 - 2008
Battlestar Galactica Various characters Visually modified to resemble FN Minimi SPW 2004 - 2009

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Medal of Honor: Warfighter K3 SAW shown with Para stock, M249-style front sight, and without STANAG well 2012
Combat Arms Both regular and SPW versions can be used 2008
Global Operations M249 SAW Paratrooper model 2000


See Also

  • S&T Daewoo - A list of all firearms manufactured by S&T Daewoo.


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