South Korea to adopt K14 Sniper Rifle

Korean K14

South Korean media is reporting that the Republic of Korea Armed Forces have awarded a 3.2 billion wong contract to S&T Motiv (formerly Daewoo), for procurement of new K14 sniper rifles. 3.2 billion wong translates to roughly $3 million U.S. dollars, and there is no indication yet of just how many rifles are to be delivered.

According to the poorly translated source, the specifications of the rifle seem somewhat underwhelming compared to current international standards. Chambered in 7.62×51 NATO, the source claims an effective range of 800 yards and an accuracy guarantee of 1 minute of angle, or one inch groupings at 100 yards. The rifle has been in development for two years and underwent a one year evaluation by the ROK military before adoption.

I can only find a single photo of the K14 and it does not show the action itself. A chassis system, similar to the Remington XM2010 or JP Enterprises Remington 700 chassis, sports a monopod out back and tall bipod up front.  The thumbhole stock features an adjustable cheek piece and adjustable length of pull. Up front a detachable box magazine leads to about a foot of 1913 Picatinny rail before a heavy profile, fluted barrel ends in a Vortex-style flash hider. Optic and mount are unknown at this time.

Korean K14

 

Well trained military snipers can achieve quite a bit with a 1 MOA rifle out to 800 yards, and the South Koreans are understandably proud to be manufacturing their own military hardware domestically. However, if these initial numbers are correct, it seems doubtful that the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will be looking over their shoulders at Camp Perry anytime soon.

 

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  • Syntax Error

    Hate to be “that guy”, but the South Korean currency is actually the “Won”, transliterated from the Korean “원” of which there is no “g” sound in the word.

    Otherwise, a fine rifle except for the goofy handguard. Is a quad rail really necessary for a precision rifle?

    • Kurt

      Mr. Error, if you were really an old Asia hand, you’d realize that he’s referring to the 3. 2 billion Chinese Wongs, who have a longstanding family relationship with the former Daewoo group and its numerous offshoots.

      • JDub

        I’m chinese and I think that’s funny.

        Kurt, you have the yellow-man seal of approval.

  • Tom – UK

    Only 1MOA for a sniper rifle, that seems like terrible performance. By this I mean the fact that someone has purposely designed and built this rifle in mind with it being a Sniper Rifle and this is the best that was achieved, the British Accuracy International rifles get 0.25MOA or better and from what I know the old Rem 700 gets better than 1MOA.

    • Marc

      Accuracy guarantee means that even the worst examples are sub-MOA. The average is better and better than average rifles are better yet.

    • W

      military standard is 1 MOA and FBI is .5″. Its accuracy is acceptable.

  • snmp

    You could found more photo in this korean blog => http://blog.daum.net/baba1905/2323789

    The Rifle look like more near an MAS 36 /MAS FRF2, PGM Prcsion, Alpine, B&T actions than Mauser system with monobloc reiciver

  • george

    Might not be the best out there, but looks lightweight and simple. I wouldn’t mind shooting one.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Michael Branson

    LOL Kurt, very funny.

  • http://flamedeleted إبليس

    Considering that North Koreans sniper rifles don’t have bullets, I think they’ll be okay.

  • Lance

    Looks like a 7.62mm version of the XM-2010 not surprised the 2010s design to get copied and adopted by allied nations.

    • JoeBob

      What you smoking lance? They don’t look anything alike. Different hand guards, thumb hole vs pistol grip, no folding stock, ect…

      • ZeCatnip

        This is Lance. He’s a troll. You learn to phase him out after a while.

    • Marc

      Remington is anything but original or innovative. The MSR, the latest and greatest Remington (the XM-2010 is just an M24 in a fancy stock) borrows heavily from many year old modular precision rifles like the Unique TGC. Switch barrel- swappable bolt heads that lock directly into the barrel with a 60 degree throw… Unique did it. Many others did it, too. Remington is the late comer.

  • Esh325

    Looks like it might be a decent sniper rifle. I wonder if they’ll make a .338 Lapua version?

  • Wei

    Is that quad-rail really necessary for a precision rifle like this? I personally think that’s an outdated design.

    • http://suburbansdomain.blogspot.com Suburban

      Very trendy, but I’d prefer a wide and flat forend. Don’t really need a rail on the bottom, just something to mount a Harris bipod on.

  • John Doe

    I’m sure it’s a great rifle, but it isn’t innovative in any way. Not much different from the M40.

    How about foldable stocks to make it easier to carry around in a drag bag? I’m awaiting the day that a modern military fields a bullpup sniper rifle like the DTA SRS. Just because you don’t fight in a building doesn’t mean shorter length wouldn’t benefit you. I’d imagine a more compact rifle wouldn’t catch on brush as easily, gives you a smaller profile, etc.

    • Esh325

      Perhaps the reason why many sniper rifles don’t have folding stocks is because they are afraid the folding stock mechanism could develop play over time and slightly degrade accuracy, which accuracy is an important factor for a sniper rifle. It also might be cheaper and easier to make a stable fixed stock than a stable folding stock. A bullpup sniper rifle would be very advantgeous, I’m a bit surprised I haven’t seen many bullpup sniper rifles being used by police and military.

      • Riot

        The Russians, Chinese, Americans…. Have all built bullpup sniper rifle and I think Polska is the most recent nation to adopt a bullpup sniper rifle, sniper rifles aren’t regularly thrown out – good rifles aren’t going to be replaced just because they aren’t BP.

    • JoeBob

      The XM-2010, AX series, Unique Alpine, and FN Ballista rifles all have folding stocks.

      • Esh325

        Yes, they do.

      • John Doe

        I know they do. Why didn’t the South Koreans adopt one? A modern sniper rifle would do a lot to help out the sniper.

    • Esh325

      It could be that they simply didn’t request a rifle with a folding stock.

  • James

    I would imagine fieldcraft matters more than long distance accuracy in much of Korea’s terrain. It’s not the desert afterall. Perhaps like Jeff Cooper’s axiom about professionals, Koreans are shooting for (pardon the pun) adequacy.

  • Mike Knox

    I may have to make an excuse to go to Korea just for this rifle..