The Daewoo assault rifles are the standard issue rifles for the South Korean military and police forces. The K1/K1A short carbines were developed first, the full sized K2 assault rifle was developed later. The K1A is the upgraded version of the K1 carbine (developed as a submachine gun to replace the M3 "Grease Gun" for the South Korean military).Who makes the K1A K1 rifle?
The Daewoo Precision Industries K1/K1A is a South Korean selective-fire assault rifle developed by Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and manufactured by Daewoo Precision Industries (now S&T Motiv) and Dasan Machineries (since 2016). It entered service in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces in 1981.Is the K1 a submachine gun?
Due to its compact dimensions the K1 is often referred as a submachine gun. However it is in fact an assault rifle. It is based on the American Armalite AR-18 assault rifle, that was superior and less expensive than M16, but was not adopted by the United States.What is the South Korean K1A?
The K1A is the upgraded version of the K1 carbine (developed as a submachine gun to replace the M3 "Grease Gun" for the South Korean military). The K1A is considered a submachine gun by the South Korean military, despite the fact that it fires an intermediate cartridge (5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington) like the full sized assault rifle.