DX Korea 2016- Modified K2C1 rifle, Korean Corner Shot

Defense Exposition Korea 2016 was recently held in Seoul and the company S&T Motiv (former Daewoo Precision) showcased some of their latest products.

The current South Korean infantry rifle is the select fire, gas operated 5.56x45mm K2, with a collapsable carbine, the K2C. DX Korea showcased their K2C1, an updated variant. The K2C1 has a longer barrel, and a redesigned forend. In addition it looks like the rifle has an Aimpoint opitc on it. Whether or not these rifles were ordered for the military with the optics I do no know. But the Korean military is currently using the K2 without any optical sights, probably one of the last of the more modern and technologically advanced militaries to continue doing so. From Jane’s-

The K2C1 – which is being produced in the short (305 mm) and long barrelled (465 mm) models – features a quad-rail type MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail barrel shroud which replaces the polymer grip found on the original K2. This adds a further length of rail on top of the receiver to form a full-length rail along the top of the receiver for precision optics and other tactical accessories, although the front and rear sight units have been retained. The original weapon’s folding buttstock has also been replaced by a five-position AR-15 style adjustable stock that can be similarly folded to the right of the receiver.

The long barrelled K2C1 is longer and heavier at 1014 mm with the buttstock fully extended and 3.68 kg without the magazine, while the short barrelled model has an overall length of 854 mm and weighs 3.3 kg. In contrast, the original K2 assault rifle is 980 mm long and weighs 3.37 kg unloaded.


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The second item is the S&T Motiv version of the Israeli Corner Shot system, the Korea Special Purpose Weapon (KSPW). Just like the Israeli product, this is designed to allow a shooter to shoot around doors and corners while using a contraption that places a handgun in a sort of swinging arm and using a video camera to show the shooter what is going on with at the muzzle, while they are safely behind cover. Then, the shooter can swing the module back into a frontal position so traditional shooting can take place. However unlike Corner Shot, it looks like the contraption can support the 5.56x45mm K1A. From Jane’s-

The KSPW is typically outfitted with the S&T Motiv 9 mm calibre K5 automatic pistol, which is remotely triggered via a solenoid, although it can be adapted for use on other popular 9 mm pistols. The company’s 2.87 kg K1A 5.56×45 mm calibre short assault rifle (although it classifies the weapon as a sub-machine gun) can be fitted if greater firepower is required, and is capable of a single, three-round burst, or fully automatic fire at a rate of up to 900 rds/min.

The gun carriage module – which is also equipped with a camera and tactical flashlight – can be offset to the left or right by 60° to observe or engage targets located around an obstacle via an adjustable 800×480 pixel resolution LCD monitor without exposing the operator to hostile fire. Unlike the Israeli design, the ADD has stated that the KSPW features an active pixel sensor and a laser target designator that enables rapid target acquisition and aiming.

S&T Motiv’s assistant manager for public relations Shawn An told IHS Jane’s that development of the latest KSPW design was completed in 2015 and the KSPW is production ready, although an order from the government has yet to materialise due to funding shortfalls.


This is an infomercial about S&T Motiv’s product line up from their website-


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  • 2wheels

    The good ol’ K2 could use a little updating. The South Koreans aren’t afraid to spend money modernizing other stuff, I’m surprised they haven’t gotten around to their rifles yet.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Probably because their most likely enemy still uses early Cold War era small arms.

      • crackedlenses

        They were using the 105 mm. tank gun longer than their western equivalents for largely the same reason.

      • 2wheels

        That has nothing to do with it. South Korea is more than willing to spend money on high tech stuff, look at the Daewoo K11. They’ve got the money, and they’ve got the technology.

        So it’s strange to me that they haven’t bothered to even put rails or optics on their standard issue rifles up to this point.

        • HB

          Korean military is, in general, doesn’t have much interests in small arms- more precisely, they’re quite ignorant of what other countries do in small arms. Even until recently I found most Korean army officers didn’t know what’s the difference between dot sight and scope!

        • AirborneSoldier

          Planes and anti tank weapons are more critical.

  • mechamaster

    The 4-rail handguard is added extra weight for sure, they can improved it a little bit to trim the weight.

    and it’s look like the 4-rail handguard is retained by bolt nut. so it can’t be fieldstripped and cleaned without a tool.

    • Anonymoose

      Needs moar negative-space.

  • John John Slade

    Truth is i like Korean K2 Rifle and Carbine including the upgrade. It’s kinda unique though….

  • Joe

    Dear Daewoo, please start importing the K2 again, scarcity has really driven up prices and lowered availability.

  • Friend of Tibet

    I wonder when Korean gonna start replacing their K2 to a new design, even China are testing new prototype designs to replace QBZ95 for now.

    • Tom

      One should be careful about reading too much into Nation X is testing a design to replace Y. The US have been testing new rifles to replace the M16 since the 60s, likewise the Soviet Union and later the Russian Federation have been trying to replace the AK since the 1950s! In both cases you see lots of wepons submitted but ultimately all that is ever adopted are upgrades/modifications/improvements of the same basic weapon weapon – M16A1 > M16A2 > M4 > M4A1 or AK47 > AKM > AK74 > AK74M.

    • HB

      Infantry weapons are one of the least invested area in Korean military; they only are interested in more ‘bling’ weapons like fighter-tanks-destroyers. etc, and doesn’t care much about rifles or machine guns. There’s some talk about replacing K2s to new designs, but it probably takes long since the budget and attentions are quite small.

      • AirborneSoldier

        If you had any idea how much tank, anti tank, artillery, rockets etc the north has, and how few decent invasion routes there are to the south, youd want Bling weapons too.

  • LazyReader

    She’s beautiful, why don’t we have it, gas piston, ar inspired standard issue weapon.

    • elmoreoocyte

      We have em. They just stopped importing them in the 90s.

  • Looks like hybrids; S&T Motiv = AK47 + M4 + Galil

  • clampdown

    The K2C with the “solid” folding stock looks very similar to the AM MRS-4 “AR-stand in” assault rifle on Metal Gear Solid V.

  • AirborneSoldier

    Love the Korean weapons when over there. Had a downsized version of our Bradley IFV too. Good vehicle for their terrain


    Korea DOD have plan to replace K1,2 rifle. New rifle will produce 2021 ㅇㅅㅇb