The Korean army mainly operates with four different assault rifles: the M1 Carbine (the automatic, lighter kind. Not the bolt action weapon.), the M16A1 (Most of them were made in Korea under a license), the K1 submachine gun (this one is an oddball. It was a service carbine/main weapon when it was first introduced as it receives the 5.56 nato ammunition, but it is now treated as an SMG due to its small size), and the K2 automatic rifle.
As of today, the K2 is the main (and practically only) assault rifle the Korean army boys use. The K-1 is more common amongst SWAT and spec ops units that need a weapon that really sticks to their bodies. We, the reserve and even some boys who are in active duty use the service M16A1 during boot camp. At around day 4 or 5, each and every one of us are given our temporary girlfriends (and the active duty boys would receive their ‘wives’ when they are sent off to their respective stations). Continue reading