Daewoo K1A1: Korea's AR15

Alex C.
by Alex C.

The Daewoo K1A1 is the civilian version of Daewoo’s select-fire K1 rifle, and before the import ban of 1989 they could be had for very affordable prices. These fantastic rifles take M16 magazines and are direct impingement just like your AR15 at home, with a bolt and carrier that looks like an AR15 BCG cut in half. In this installment of TFBTV, we take a look at how Korea’s AR15 performs!

Firearm featured:
Daewoo K1A1 (which I think is translated as 구경 5.56밀리 기관단총 K1A)

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Alex C.
Alex C.

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

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  • RPK RPK on Sep 26, 2015

    I was assigned to a Korean Air base in mid-80's. There was a "story" circulated about a Korean AP at the main gate who was posted with a Daewoo K-1. The AP fell asleep at the gate and his counterpart American SP took the K-1 apart and placed the parts in a kit bag shaking them up. The American SP then woke up the Korean AP and when he saw his K-1 was missing he freaked the hell out. Upon finding it in pieces, the Korean AP REALLY freaked out! His Sergeant was coming for a post check in about 30 minutes and he was shaking and mumbling about being taken away to the "monkey house" (Korean military stockade) because his weapon had been taken from him while he slept, dismantled and he was not certain how to re-build it. After a few minutes of teasing the Korean AP, the American SP put the K-1 back together just in time for the Korean Sergeant to conduct his post check. THAT is my encounter with a Korean K-1 rifle. So YES, I can testify that in pieces it closely resembles the American M-16. I wished that I had purchased a K-1 civilian model prior to 1989. By the way, I can neither confirm nor deny if this was a true "story" or not. My regards to "The Land of The Morning Calm."

  • Pete Sheppard Pete Sheppard on Sep 28, 2015

    Sweet rifles; I wanted a sidefolder badly, back in the day.