K14 Sniper Rifle Review

Small Arms Defense Journal has reviewed the K14, the Korean sniper rifle based on the Winchester 70

The K14 is a bolt action rifle with turn-bolt action, in 7.62x51mm NATO caliber.  It is a very typical bolt action with not too many special or exotic features.  Since Korea has virtually no experience in this field, it’s natural that they were not trying to venture into something totally new and unproven.

One interesting thing is that this rifle is roughly based upon the Winchester Model 70 rifle, while many other recent bolt action rifles follow examples of more modern designs, such as the Remington M700 action or Accuracy International’s AW series.  We can’t be sure what the reason was for this choice, and S&T Motive has not discussed this.

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  • Esh325

    An interesting article. I would have assumed like all modern armies the SK’s would put stake in sniper rifles, but I was quite wrong. Model 70 action isn’t inferior or superior to the Remington style action I believe, even though it’s an older design I believe.

    • ned

      Well…that is because here in the South Korea the higher ups in the army believe infantry stuffs are less important. They like to spend money on new tanks and artilleries instead, which is somewhat justfied by the great number of outdated russian tanks, rockets, artillery piecess North Korean army has. Next war in Korea is supposed to be a gigantic clash of arms where few snipers here and there would not matter anyway, but it seems nowadays they are slowly changing their mind.

  • Luke Scholar

    My FN SPR A3G is based on the Model 70 and it is the most accurate rifle I have ever shot with the exception of my GAP that cost thousands more for only slightly better performance.

    • Agreed–I just completed testing on an SPR and it was magnificent.

      What kind of groups are you getting at 300–400 yards?

      • Luke Scholar

        I’ve yet to shoot on paper at that distance being that my local range only has steel discs at 300 and nothing further. However, I will be shooting at an 800 yard range in the very near future, so I am looking forward to finding out for myself. But so far I’ve been getting around the 1/2 MOA guarantee at 100 and 200.

  • Mr. Goran Sablic

    I think that this is very good weapon ,safe and reliable. Well done ,Koreans.

  • Pete

    Two big questions here:

    1. Pre- or Post-64 Action design? eg. controlled feed or no?

    2. What all is included in that $13k per unit price tag? Obviously this includes some type of optic and some spare parts/service package, but that still seems excessive (unless there’s some kind of night optical device included).

    Saying “We can’t be sure what the reason was for this choice, and S&T Motive has not discussed this” is either silly or ignorant. The pre-64 Win is the basis of the Kimber 8400 and the FN SPR and was used to great effect by USMC snipers like Carlos Hathcock in Vietnam and probably would have been the basis of the M40 series if Win hadn’t screwed the pooch on the ’64 redesign. Assuming this is based on a pre-’64 action, it’s not only a great choice but one of the two obvious choices (Rem700 being the other) in creating a new precision bolt action rifle using an existing patent-expired design.

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    This is such a fantastic review of k14 sniper rifle. I like this rifle and enjoyed reading about this rifle. I am quite interested in airsoft and its one of my favourite sport.

  • bestairrifles.net

    Wanted to ask that is there any replica of this rifle?

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    What matters is that it does the job reliably and quite well in a battlefield scenario, regardless of design origins and vintage thereof, and probably at a very cost-efficient price point to boot, without unnecessary complications in an attempt to achieve a slim ( and probably questionable ) added margin of performance at a disproportionate increase in complexity and cost. A classic case of how less is sometimes more.