The standardized sniper rifle system eluded the South Korean armed forces for a period of time before the introduction of the S&T Motiv (Daewoo) K14 series in 2012 (this was after the presence of combat units in the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters). The product was introduced in 2011 Enter the design stage and enter the mass production stage the following year.
The Western influence on the K14 is evident as the rifle takes on a traditional form and function while chambered for a 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge.
The K14 was developed to meet the specific requirements of the Korean Armed Forces for a manually operated bolt-action rifle system that can accommodate the ubiquitous NATO cartridge. The result was a locally designed and developed (now manufactured) XK14 prototype that passed the required evaluations. Officially entered service in December 2012, this product is considered the standard sniper rifle for the Korean military (with either Leupold Mk 4 or Schmidt & Bender PM II series optics).
Up to 1,000 will be procured temporarily.
Its general layout is consistent with contemporary rifles used for the same battlefield roles. The stock is lightweight and has an adjustable monopod and cheek pads on the shoulder rest. The pistol grip is ergonomically designed for a firm grip, and the cutout portion of the stock provides a thumb hole area. The trigger ring is sturdy and thick, with openings for gloved hands.
As usual, the optics are placed above the receiver with a two-point mount. On the front of the case is the handguard, which has plenty of Picatinny rail sections for attaching additional accessories. The heavy-duty fluted barrel protrudes from it and is capped by a serrated muzzle flash hider.
The barrel also supports a silencer for stealth operations. Attached to the very end of the handguard is a foldable bipod assembly with its own adjustability.
Overall, the K14 has an overall weight of 12 pounds, an overall length of 45 inches, and a barrel of 24 inches. It has an effective range of up to 800 meters and is fed from a detachable magazine with 5 or 10 rounds.
- remote precision
1,143 mm (45.00 in)
610 mm (24.02 in)
Leupold Mk 4 / Schmidt & Bender PM II series scopes.
Manual repeat system
2,625 ft (800 m; 875 yd)
K14 - Base Series Name