Daewoo DH-380

Notes: This South Korean pistol was influenced by the Walther PPK. It is a compact weapon for use by undercover police forces. The weapon may be fired single-action or double-action. The 3H mechanism is employed, as are luminous night sights.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

DH-380

.380 ACP

0.71 kg

8

$142

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

DH-380

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

Daewoo DP-51B

Notes: The DP-51B is the standard sidearm of the South Korean armed forces, and is called the K-5 by the ROK military. It is often market to civilians under the name of the FastFire.

The DP-51 is in many ways standard for a modern 9mm pistol Ė it has a high-capacity magazine, a modified Browning short-recoil operation (in fact, quite similar to the HP-35 High-Power), and a medium-length barrel. However, the trigger mechanism is unusual. Known as 3H (High-accuracy first shot, High-speed shot, High-reliability), the trigger mechanism was first developed by FN in the late 1970s, but was rejected at the time as being too complex and expensive to produce in large numbers.

3H allows the DP-51 to be loaded normally and then decocked normally, like any other double-action pistol. However, during loading, as the slide is pulled back and released, a return spring for the hammer is compressed, staying that way when the DP-51 is decocked. This allows that first double-action trigger pull to feel more like a light single-action trigger pull, allowing for a much faster and more accurate follow-up shot. The pistol must simply be cocked and the hammer lowered to allow a rapid shot with minimal recoil. Trigger pressure required is cut in half as opposed to normal double action actuation. The sights are luminous and white for low light shooting. Of course, the DP-51 may also be used as a standard double-action pistol, or even a single-action pistol. Unusually for a pistol built to be a military service weapon, the DP-51 uses a light alloy frame instead of steel. Standard barrel length for the DP-51 is 4.1 inches, but a compact version, the DP-51C uses a 3.6-inch barrel and a shorter grip. Another variant, the DP-51S, uses the DP-51Bís frame, but the shorter DP-51Cís barrel and slide.

The DP-51 uses an ambidextrous manual safety, but this safety has the problem of being difficult to return to the safe position without having to shift oneís grip on the weapon. In addition, left-handed shooters will find that safety on the right side is much smaller than that on the left side. Some other complaints include the sights; they are of the three-dot type, but most shooters find the rear notch to be too wide for quick shots, and the three white dots are large enough to be distracting. The front sight is also considered by many shooters to be too low.

The DP-51 has spawned several other variants, primarily for the civilian market. The DP-40 (also called the DH-40) is a DP-51B chambered for the .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge. It is mostly aimed at the civilian market, but also popular with South Koreaís National Police (the KNPs). The DP-45 (also called the DH-45) is also the same, but chambered for .45 ACP; the DP-45 had several teething problems due to the light alloy frame and the powerful .45 ACP cartridge. This caused the withdrawal of the DP-45 from the market after only a few weeks, until some frame strengthening was done; this improved DP-45 is often referred to as the DP-45 Mark II.

Twilight 2000 Notes: Only the DP-51B, DP-51C, and the DP-51S exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

DP-51B

9mm Parabellum

0.8 kg

10, 13

$240

DP-51C

9mm Parabellum

0.74 kg

10

$235

DP-51S

9mm Parabellum

0.77 kg

10, 13

$237

DP-40

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.91 kg

10, 11

$314

DP-45

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

8

$400

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

DP-51B

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

DP-51C

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

8

DP-51S

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

8

DP-40

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

13

DP-45

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Daewoo DP-52

Notes: This is basically a version of the DH-380 (see above) chambered for the .22LR cartridge. It is meant for undercover police and civilian security police use, but with a suppressor makes an excellent assassin's weapon.

Twilight 2000 Notes: It is believed that a ROK assassin armed with this weapon killed Kim Jong Il in late 2001.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

DP-52

.22 Long Rifle

0.65 kg

10

$91

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

DP-52

SA

-1

Nil

1

2

Nil

7

Daewoo K-5

Notes: This pistol was designed from the start to be used by police and military forces, and was not sold to civilians. It uses delayed blowback to increase reliability. It has three firing modes: single action, double action, and "Fast Action." Fast Action gives the pistol a length of pull similar to single action with a weight of pull similar to double action; this allows faster repeated shots, but decreases safety. The sights have luminous inlays for night use.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

K-5

9mm Parabellum

0.8 kg

12

$237

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

K-5

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

9