Daewoo K1A1 Field Strip

Korean rifles produced by Daewoo Precision Industries are very well regarded by users and owners around the globe, and to this day the South Korean military uses them as a necessary asset to national defense. So let’s see what’s inside Shooting Review is below … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xa8MjiSToI

Transcript …

– [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C. With TFB TV, and for today’s field strip we’re going to be taking down a Daewoo K1A1.

These are known as the Daewoo K1 in South Korea, and they actually were basically built and designed to replace aging N3 grease guns in a sub-machine role.

So you hear Koreans refer to these as a sub-machine gun every now and then, which is kind of interesting.

Um, also the A1 on the end of K1A1 denotes this as a semi-automatic only civilian firearm.

So the military version is the K1.

Anyways let’s go ahead and get to it.

First, we’ll do a chamber check.

The controls are very much like an AR15/M16.

After verifying that the chamber is empty let’s go ahead and continue with the field stripping process.

Press a small tab located behind the rear side and this will allow you to open the receiver.

You can also remove this pin, just like on an AR15/M16, and remove the lower receiver from the upper if that’s something you prefer to do.

Fire control group looks very familiar to M16’s as well or well an AR15 in this case, being as how its semi-auto only.

You can see how everything from the shelf to the way the hammer is designed is very much like an M16.

The difference being the ejector.

So to remove the bolt carrier group first remove the guide springs, which are very much like an AR18.

Pull the charging handles at this point and remove.

Then you can remove the bolt carrier and bolt from the rear.

Interestingly, it looks like an M16’s carrier.

Just cut in half, which is kind of neat.

So your first step to disassembling the BCG is removing the firing pin retaining pin.

This will allow you to remove the firing pin from the rear.

It’s a little bit more substantial than an M16’s.

So go ahead and rotate the cam pin and pull the that out, and this will allow you to remove your bolt.

You remove the extractor just like you would on an AR15 rifle.

So that’s it you have a fully field stripped Daewoo K1, or K1A1 in this case.

They’re very well designed, very cool rifles.

I’ve called them Korea’s AR15 before or South Korea’s AR15.

Because they function via the same Stoner’s direct impingement.

Pseudo direct impingement I should say, as the M16 and they just really work very well.

They’re pleasant shooting rifles.

They’re light, they have a collapsible stock.

That’s wonderful.

And they do everything that I need a rifle to do.

I just wish that they were still imported.

I’m not 100% sure if they’re still in production as the K2’s the standard rifle of South Korea, but it’s my understanding that these are still in use to a great extent.

We do have a shooting video of this gun.

If you’d like to see it in action, go ahead and click the link here in the N card or in the description for mobile users.

At this point I’d like to thank Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the cost of ammunition for our shooting videos.

And a special thank you for you all for watching.

Hope to see you next time.



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • MarcoPolo

    Love Daewoos, the only downside is the stupid 180degree selector. Daewoorifleparts has a replacement.

    • HB

      I saw those replacement selectors- those were the things had to be done by Daewoo themselves, but they still making just the same stupid selector more than 30 years only because of that stupid bureaucracy….. What a shame!

  • The ejector is just like that used on the Stoner 63, with it being a fixed spring loaded design and not the usual plunger on the bolt face.

  • Lance

    I do say the K-1 and K02 are one of the best none AR bases 5.56mm weapons out there. Too bad bush banned them in 89 and post ban samples banned in 94.

    • HB

      Actually, if Daewoo(today’s S&T Motiv) wanted to sell those rifles again to the States after 2004, they had a few other ways to do that… You probably know what H&K, FN and SIG have been doing since then. Import ban is one thing, but surprisingly incompetent manufacturer is another.

      • DW

        Lionheart is their attempt at just that. Bu so far only pistols are back, rifles are trickier because 922r.
        But I still can’t believe no one told them K1A without stock is considered a pistol and therefore not subject to 922r.

  • Surfgun

    My DaeWOO! K2 loves Pmags.

  • Surfgun

    Seriously the magazine well is not as tight as those on an ar-15.

  • Surfgun

    AGPArms also has an updated selector for the DaeWOO rifles.

  • Wt

    Were does the return spring assembly mate with the bcg?
    Does it drive on the rear of the gas key?
    What does the square tip on the gaskey do?

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Damn out import laws!!!

  • Real Korean

    기관단총 = SMG

    • Anonymoose

      Carbines and subcarbines are generally referred to as SMGs in most languages. Remember, the original Sturmgewehr was referred to as a “Maschinenpistole” at first, not simply because “they were trying to hide the nature of the weapon from Hitler,” but because they didn’t really have a word for a full-auto weapon firing an intermediate cartridge.

      • HB

        Well, in Korean case, the reason it was called ‘SMG’ was simple; it was a replacement of M3 Grease Guns(You can see why it’s stock designed such)! You can’t expect such gun knowledges like today to 1970s Korean officers….

  • HB

    Additional comment: K-1A, a selective fire military version with shorter barrel(about 10.3 in), is still in production. K-2 is a standard infantry rifle, but K-1A also has considerable needs for tankers, radio operators, special operation forces, and any other jobs who favors shorter weapons.

  • I believe that the new K2C is meant to replace the K1A.

    • HB

      K2C was only a project to sell K2 rifles to whom want to buy M4 Carbine length gas piston 5.56 weapons but doesn’t have much cash; manufacturer didn’t thought deeply about K1A replacement initially. Of course now they offer as a replacement for both K2 and K1 series, but Korean armed forces has no plan to buy them right now. Other K2 improvement, K2C1, is now being issued, but it has the same length as K2.

  • Awesome little rifle… I wish I had never sold mine.