Daewoo Precision Industries K5

The Daewoo Precision Industries K5 is a 9×19mm semi-automatic pistol produced by S&T Daewoo of South Korea.

The K5 was produced in 1989. It is recoil operated and uses a conventional Browning-type locking system. It is mostly carried by Commissioned Officers in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.

Daewoo Precision Industries K5
Class Manportable
Type Handguns
Manufacturer S&T Motiv
Origin South Korea
Country Name Origin Year
South Korea 1989
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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The K5 is a compact, lightweight pistol with an unconventional trigger mechanism called "fast action". The frame is made with forged 7075-T6 aluminum alloy with a matte anodized finish, while the slide is constructed out of forged 4140 steel with a matte finish.

The "fast action" trigger mechanism allows the hammer to be decocked while still keeping the mainspring compressed. A light pull on the trigger causes the hammer to flick back, after which the pistol would behave in conventional single-action (SA) mode.

The pistol can also be fired in conventional single- and double-action (DA) modes. The "fast action" (also known as Triple Action, and most recently known as Double Action Plus+) mode allows the trigger travel of DA mode and the trigger weight of SA mode. This allows a more accurate first shot due to the lighter weight of the trigger. It is also safer due to the longer trigger travel required to fire the pistol. The factory magazines hold 13 rounds. Smith & Wesson 59-series magazines are known to be compatible with the DP51 but will protrude slightly.

The pistol also has an ambidextrous safety and three-dot sights. It is also equipped with a firing pin block which (as its name implies) blocks the firing pin from moving forward unless the trigger is pulled.

Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  South Korea
Service history
In service 1989 - Present
Wars Global War on Terrorism
Iraq War
Production history
Designer Daewoo Precision Industries
Designed 1984–1988
Manufacturer Daewoo Precision Industries
Produced 1989–present
Variants See Variants
Weight 800 g
Length 190 mm
Barrel length 105 mm
Cartridge 9×19mm Parabellum
Caliber 9 mm
Action Semi-automatic
Effective firing range 50 m
Feed system 12- or 13-round magazine, 13-round magazine is capable of holding 14 rounds. Also accepts 10-, 13-, 14- or 15-round S&W 5906 magazines, but they will protrude out from the magazine well.
Sights Iron sights

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