Korea’s K-11

Where the Americans failed with their Objective Individual Combat Weapon and the Germans failed to field the caseless-cartridged H&K G11, it appears that the Koreans are about to outdo everyone else with the imminent fielding of their own K-11, a weapon with both a 5.56mm rifle and a 20mm grenade launcher.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is, of course, stuck with Vietnam-era M16’s – note that this isn’t even the M16A2 or the M4 with its rails for adding flashlights, scopes and the kitchen sink.

More pics of the K-11 here.

Patent on AUGs

As you can already tell, I’m a big fan of all things military. Guns, of course, are near the top. But though I’ve been reading about guns for a while, I’ve never actually heard of a patent on a gun actually expiring, with the attendant copycats coming out of the woodworks with their own reverse-engineered designs.

Modern Firearms recently featured a couple of knock-offs of the Austrian Steyr AUG bullpup assault rifle, including the one pictured below (made by Tactical Product Design (TPD) Inc).

Apparently, this baby is a direct result of the patent on the AUG expiring recently.

Paging our own gun “experts” from Danao City, Cebu! Here’s your chance to copy something worthwhile…and allow our Armed Forces to join a club that includes Austria, Australia and Malaysia, to name a few.