S&T Daewoo XK8
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XK8 rifle on display. A riflescope is mounted on the picatinny rail.
|Type||Bullpup assault rifle|
|Place of origin||Republic of Korea|
|No. built||Preproduction prototypes only|
|Mass||3.50 kg (7.7 lb) (w/o magazine)|
|Barrel length||508 mm|
|Action||Gas-operated, Tappet type|
|Rate of fire||850 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||940 m/s|
|Effective firing range||600m (point target)|
|Feed system||Various STANAG magazines.|
|Sights||Various scopes via picatinny rail|
S&T Daewoo XK8, also known as DAR-21 (Daewoo Assault Rifle-21st Century), is a 5.56×45mm NATO bullpup assault rifle developed and manufactured by S&T Daewoo intended to replace Daewoo Precision Industries K2 assault rifle for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.
XK8 was the first firearm developed solely by the Korean defense company without the request from the military. However, after the field tests by Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Command, it was rejected and was not mass-produced.
The prototype was first developed in 2003.
The XK8 was made out of polymer materials with the ejection port on the right side and the cocking lever on the left side. The fire selector consists of semi-auto, three round burst and full auto.
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