The Daewoo XK8 assault rifle (also known as the DAR-21 Assault Rifle) was developed to replace the previous Daewoo K2 in service with the South Korean armed forces. It was revealed in 2003. Unfortunately this weapon was not accepted to service and was not produced in quantity. It is a gas operated, selective fire assault rifle with bullpup design, chambered for the standard NATO 5.56 x 45 mm ammunition. Housing of this weapon is made of polymers.
The Daewoo XK8 is fed from the standard NATO (M16-type) magazines, holding 30 rounds. It is also compatible with older 20-round magazines. The Daewoo XK8 comes with a 3x magnification scope and laser pointer, mounted on a Picatinny-type rail. It's laser pointer emits either visible or infrared beams. Other sights may be fitted. A claimed effective range of fire is 600 m. Some sources report that a shortened
carbine version of this rifle was also developed.
Daewoo XK8 assault rifle SpecificationsCaliber 5.56 x 45 mm
Weight (empty) 3.8 kg
Length 780 mm
Length (with folded stock) -
Barrel length 508 mm
Muzzle velocity 920 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 800 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 120 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 600 m