The Daewoo K14 is a South Korean sniper rifle chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO. Prior to 2011, South Korea did not have dedicated sniper roles in their military apart from special forces, who purchased and used foreign rifles. The regular army had virtually no interest in sniping, and the few times they wanted a long-range scoped rifle, they used foreign rifles like the M1D Garand, which the army used up until the late 70s. Trilux sights were fitted to Daewoo K2 rifles to act as designated marksman rifles in the 80s, but they were not as effective as a purpose built DMR/sniper rifle. The South Korean army's mindset changed upon deployment into Iraq and Afghanistan near the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st; the soldiers and commanders saw how effective British and American snipers were. This, combined with the increasing threat of North Korea's large number of sniper teams (at both squad and platoon level), made South Korea seriously consider the adoption and creation of specially trained snipers and purpose built rifles.
A purpose-built sniper rifle was requested by the ROK Army (Republic of Korea Armed Forces) in 2011, calling for 800-1,000 bolt-action .308 Winchester rifles. S&T Daewoo presented the XK14, which beat out the competitors in trials and was also favoured by the military due to it being a domestic product, with Daewoo winning the US$3B contract. It was adopted as the K14 in December 2012, after spending two years in development. The rifle comes in a package with a daytime scope, a night vision scope, a ghillie suit and other accessories, with each package costing the ROK Army US$13,000.
The rifle bears many similarities to the Winchester Model 70 mechanically, with a 4-way picatinny rail system on the handguard and a fibreglass and polymer stock. The frame is made of metal. The Schmidt & Bender PM II was initially used, but it was replaced with the Korean KOM 10x42 scope.
(2012 - Present)
- Type: Sniper Rifle
- Calibers: 7.62x51mm NATO
- Weight: 12.1 lbs (5.5 kg) (without scope and magazine), 15.4 lbs (7 kg) (with scope and magazine)
- Length: 45 in (114.3 cm)
- Barrel length: 24 in (61 cm)
- Capacity: 5 or 10-round box magazines
- Fire Modes: Bolt-Action
The Daewoo K14 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
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- S&T Daewoo - A list of all firearms manufactured by S&T Daewoo.