Daewoo K3

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Daewoo K3 - 5.56x45mm NATO
Daewoo K3 Para - 5.56x45mm NATO
Daewoo K3 modified with Paratrooper stock, railed feed tray cover, railed handguard, foregrip, rail-mounted rear sight, and plastic belt box - 5.56x45mm. This is the weapon used in 2009 film Driven to Kill, shown in the making-of. These modifications are commonly found on K3s in live-action productions.

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. Sources state that the K3 is "inspired" by the FN Minimi, though their actual relations and whether or not the K3 is actually a Minimi derivative or a completely different weapon is unclear.

In any case, the K3 strongly resembles the Minimi/M249, and 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. The K3 tends to exclusively appear in live-action productions produced in British Columbia, Canada, as the major armory located in Vancouver, Felcan Enterprises, only seems to have K3s and no FN Minimis.

These K3s that appear in live-action productions are almost universally customized with railed handguards, short barrels, Paratrooper stocks, and railed feed tray covers, and they're usually also equipped with foregrips and rail-mounted rear sights. They almost always use M249-style plastic belt boxes, rather than a soft belt bag that is much more common in the South Korean Army. Earlier custom K3s, appearing in films like Walking Tall and 3000 Miles to Graceland, are equipped with a fake Paratrooper stock made from sheet metal; later custom K3s have actual Paratrooper stocks, and even later ones are equipped with M4-styled stocks found on modern M249s. These custom K3s should not be described as K3 Paras, as the actual K3 Paras are configured differently, and these custom K3s appear to have been made from fixed stock K3s (evidenced by the fact that their Para stocks are attached directly to the rear of the receiver, rather than through a joint like on real K3 Paras).

The key external trait that distinguishes the Daewoo K3 from a M249 or a Minimi is the shape of its gas tube.

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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 Modified 2011
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Michael Parks Fritz Tremor Modified to resemble an M249 Paratrooper 2010
Driven to Kill Mike Dopud Boris Modified 2009
Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem National Guard soldiers Modified 2007
Postal Zack Ward Postal Dude Modified 2007
Underworld: Evolution Cleaner Modified 2006
American Soldiers: A Day in Iraq Curtis Morgan SPC Tyler Jackson Modified to resemble an M249 SAW 2005
Eddie Della Siepe PFC Roy Pena Modified to resemble an M249 SAW
Walking Tall Michael Bowen Sheriff Stan Watkins Modified with fake Paratrooper stock, railed handguard, foregrip, and short barrel 2004
3000 Miles to Graceland Kevin Costner Thomas Murphy Modified with fake Paratrooper stock 2001
Joint Security Area ROKA soldiers Modified to resemble a M249 SAW 2000
Rules of Engagement U.S Marines Modified to resemble a M249 SAW 2000
American Dragons Drive-by shooter 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 Modified to resemble the M249 Paratrooper 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 Modified to resemble M249 Paratrooper 2004 - 2008
Battlestar Galactica Various characters Modified 2004 - 2009

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Global Operations M249 SAW With fake Paratrooper stock 2000
Combat Arms Both regular and SPW versions can be used 2008
Warface With STANAG magazine 2013


See Also

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


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