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.
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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