DAEWOO PRECISION INDUSTRIES of South Korea shown this new Bull-Pup weapons system at the IDEX (INTERNATIONAL DEFENCE EXIBITION AND CONFERENCE) 2003, which took place at ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, in the days immediately before the brokeout of the "Operation Iraqi Freedom". The DAR-21 is a bull-pup assault rifle entirely made of polymer plastic in its exterior. It is chambered for the .5'56x45mm-NATO cartridge, and it will feed by every STANAG-compatible magazine or feeding device. Its entire lenght is 780 Millimeters, with 20" barrel (although a 40mm long carbine is available), and its weight is of 3,8 Kilograms when unloaded. The DAR-21 assault rifle is gas-operated, works using a short-stroke hammer and a rotating bolt. Its barrel rifling is 6 Grooves, RH, pitch in 1:7,3", unusually long since most of the rifles that feed the SS109, 62 grains .223 bullets stabilize it using a 1:7,0" pitch. It features many tactical rails for the mounting of optics, scopes and other optional features, both on the frame itself and close to the barrel. The DAR-21 however comes with a removable 3x scope. Currently, the DAR-21 Bull-Pup assault weapons system is NOT readily usable by left-handed personnel, since both the cocking handle (foldable and placed on the left side) and the spent cases ejection port (placed on the right side) cannot be inverted. The DAR-21 bull-pup rifle has a trigger group for Safe, Semi-Auto, 3-Rounds Bursts and Fully-Automatic fire, with a cyclic rate of 800 Rounds Per Minute. DAEWOO PRECISION INDUSTRIES offer many accessories for this weapon, including a laser aiming module with both visible/infrared beamshot, and a foregrip.
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