Guest Post: Korean K2 Rifle Upgrade History (2005-2017)

Hang S. has contributed this post to TFB covering the history of the K2 rifle and various attempts at upgrading it from 2005 until today. This is Hang’s first post for TFB.

Failure of XK-8

Figure 1. XK-8 rifle (S&T Motive Catalog)

In 2003, S&T Motiv (previous known as Daewoo Precision) started to develop a bullpup rifle chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO with ADD (South Korean government entity) technical support. Because maintenance costs and reliability of the K1 were started to deteriorate due to the constant service of the rifle after 20 years of mass production. So the S&T Motiv hoped South Korean Defense Forces could adopt the XK-8 as the next generation rifle and wanted to mass-produce it to replace the K2 rifle in the early 2000s.

Rumor has it that this rifle is only a bullpup version of K2 like CR21. However, it is a tapper type short stroke piston bullpup rifle. There is no relationship between the K2…

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