This photo is of some Korean Special Forces. It looks like they are using HK MP5SDs however if you look more closely the front sight is wrong. In fact this is a Daewoo Telecom K7.


It is an interesting mutation of an AR style receiver but right away you start to see major differences. The magwell area looks like a Colt SMG but as you move rearward, the the area where the grip interfaces looks very different. The collapsing stock is somewhat similar to an HK MP5 but it looks like it indexes on the rear take down pin. Then there is the upper receiver with integrated rear sight.


  • CS

    Lower and Upper look more like an AR15 than an MP5. It’s closest cousin must be an MPX.

  • wetcorps

    That’s a cool gun.

  • Tom J

    So an MP5, and an AR have a one night stand….

    • SP mclaughlin

      It’s more like a K1A1 and MP5SD.

  • Gambler X

    Im cold just looking at that picture and its 84 outside.

    • GaryOlson

      Those are just big ice chips. Add some grape flavor and invite the kids over. Korean snow cones!

      • Dougscamo

        Think how many 7-11’s they had to go to to get that much ice…..

        • Billy Jack

          Kim Jong said North Korean rivers are full of kimche flavored slurpee. That’s why he’s so robust around the midsection.

          • Dougscamo

            That dude has some serious issues….obviously compensating….

      • Longhaired Redneck

        Korean Special Forcing cones!

  • Tim Lavoie

    More like a pistol-caliber version of their old K-1. I had a civvie K-2, loved that thing before it got prohibited by the Canadian gov.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Ice to see you! Hahahaha! Capitalist dog!”

    • ostiariusalpha

      “Do you know what killed the dinosaurs?”

      • AC97

        “The Ice Age!”

      • 1911a145acp

        NO! It was the Daewoo Telecom K-7 in 9mm!

      • Uniform223


    • USMC03Vet


      • Phillip Cooper

        Your pun-fu is weak…

    • Uniform223

      why does that sound like something from a really terrible 90’s batman movie?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I thought it was….

  • TheNotoriousIUD
    • Bob

      Eh, I never really cared for it.

  • Guest

    When I was working Jakarta, I always noticed the airport security using a mix of these and FNCs, which I always thought was neat. Didn’t know what it was then, now I do.

  • thedonn007

    How does the recoil system work? There is not a buffer tube like the AR-15.

    • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

      Being a 9mm gun, probably it’s a blowback design.
      Moreover, there are quite a few weps that work just fine without a buffer.

    • HB

      It’s simple blowback design. It’s based upon K1, so it doesn’t have AR style buffer tube. It uses dual recoil spring similar to AR-18, which is located above the bolt.

  • HB

    1. It was from S&T Daewoo(who also made K-1 and K-2, and had a name of Daewoo precision before late 1990s), not Telecom. It’s now made by S&T Motiv(actually the same company with new name).
    2. Basically it’s a 9mm, suppressed version of K-1, and heavily influenced from 9mm ARs. Magazine is actually compatible, and blowback operation.
    3. The upper receiver is, however, from K-2 rifle, because K-1 upper has no provision for scope or night vision sight.
    4. Suppressor is a somewhat rough copy of MP5SDs. Not exactly the same, but quite similar.
    5. It’s easy to shoot, with very little recoil(naturally), but not pleasant to shoot, because considerable kickback of gas from ejection port to your face… It’s suppressed gun so you have to live with it, but I (and many others) think it is a little bit worse than MP5SD for this problem.
    6. Korean army special forces actually are using it, from early 2000s.

  • The company who made these is called Daewoo Precision Industries Ltd. Korean big companies tend to make whole bunch of things but as far as I know Daewoo never made phones.

    • HB

      Actually there had been a Daewoo Telecom under Daewoo conglomerate! But they disbanded around 2002, and made no guns… They even made phones(Not cell phones, but home phones) during 90s!

  • JustAHologram

    One of the Deawoos I can get excited about

  • Jeff Smith
    • Mystick

      There was SHRINKAGE!

  • mechamaster
  • adverse4

    All that ice and no beer?

    • HB

      I think they hide some Soju(Korean spirit which gives you nasty hangover) under there….

  • Ben Loong

    Y’know, I feel that a lot of South Korean small arms are grossly underrated. They’re really quite good, but they just don’t seem to get much in the way of attention (either in media or actual sales).

    I find the K1/A in particular to be a pretty ideal PDW: light, compact, utilizes the same cartridge as the standard service rifle (K2).

    • HB

      Well, in fact K2 and K1 use slightly different ammo: Korean army issue K1 has 1/12in rifling, and uses KM193(basically an M193 made in Korea), while K2 has 1/7.3in rifling, and can use both KM193 and K100(basically an M855/SS109 made in Korea). S&T Motiv also offers 1/7.3in rifling for K1 series weapons, but it’s still not issued to Korean military.

  • iksnilol

    I like Daewoo, simply for the pronounciation of it. Makes me feel like somebody out of those old timey samurai or ninja movies.

  • Uniform223

    After participating in a ROK Army martial arts demonstration I learned very quickly not to F with them.


    MP5SD is used in 707th Special Mission Battalion and some of UDT/SEAL team.
    K-7 lower receiver is modified from K-1A sub-machine gun.
    Actually……most of design us copy of Colt 9mm…..
    Magazine is exactly same K7 and Colt 9mm


    Deawoo telecom(X) -> Deawoo Precision(O). Deawoo was really big company in 1990s. but after Korea economy crisis(1996 to 1998), Deawoo bankrupt and separate many company(Motors, DSME, etc…).
    Deawoo Presicion change name to S&T motiv. This company make pistol to 120mm automatic mortar.