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Old January 9, 2003, 10:26 PM   #1
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Daewoo DP-51 Opinions

I am a fan of 9mm pistols, and my dealer has a used in VG condition Daewoo DP-51, which is a Korean made compact 13 round 9mm pistol that operates pretty much like a CZ-75. It points very well, has a decent trigger, and seems well made. It feels good in my hand, very good.

My dealer wants $300 for it.

Any of you folks have a Daewoo like this, and if you do, is $300 a good price for a used one in very good condition?
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Old January 9, 2003, 10:56 PM   #2
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I think you can buy them new for less. Check SOG, Century, KY, CDNN etc. I think at least one of them had a better bargain.

Pretty neat gun. Well liked by everyone I've met who got one. Takes S&W mags.
Old January 9, 2003, 11:15 PM   #3
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They are great!

I have only positive things to say about the DP-51 after putting about 120 rounds through my friends. I had no failures of any kind and the sucker felt real good in my hands. I can not comment on the accuracy (because im not that great with any handgun) but my friend was hitting every can at a distance of 25ft or so. The only thing that I found wrong with the DP-51 were the sights, but that is probably because I am so used to my p99. I would say to go with one, but as Handy said, you should probably be able to find it at a better price if you shop around.
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Old January 10, 2003, 12:27 AM   #4
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My local dealer has one for $329 with two hi-caps. I know Century International still lists them on their website. I don't know what their pricing is though. By the time you add shipping and an FFL transfer fee the $300 your dealer is asking may not be too bad. Check with CIA though. Do a search on thefiringline and there were some posts about an early batch having accuracy problems and newer ones being quite good. I had recently looked into them as well after handling the one here. The tri-action trigger is kind of neat, but I'm not sure I would really use it. They are supposed to be very reliable and Gunparts still has parts for them unlike the DR-200 rifle which parts are hard to find.
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Old January 10, 2003, 05:25 AM   #5
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Suggest better $300 choice: Ruger, S&W, CZ, EAA, anything.........

May have some parts available, but not the ones that break........
Decent gun, no US support.
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Old January 10, 2003, 06:28 AM   #6
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A good friend of mine has one, and wouldn't part with it.

Though a potential issue would be for parts and service support...

Better check these out first before plunging your money into one.


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Old January 10, 2003, 08:17 AM   #7
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Question....why not US support?. Century arms is an importer/distributor for them...they fix em I think......

As far as the gun..they are a real sleeper...much like CZ.
The triple actioin trigger is actually very cool and amazing....
Ive shot one that was very accurate and never burped or hiccupped at all.

I think the name "DAEWOO" makes people think of the cars..that pretty much sucked for the US market....I know Daewoo makes some of the best heavy equipment in the world...BIG MINING stuff....So the company does build quality equipment.....

The guns are very much worth looking at....on the most underrated list if there ever was one......

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Old January 10, 2003, 10:17 AM   #8
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As for Century Arms and parts I would call them. Years ago I had an FM hipower from them and asked them about a warranty and parts and they told me 30 days warranty and they didn't carry parts. Things could be different now but I always thought they just imported the guns. Mark
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Old January 10, 2003, 11:33 AM   #9
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Forgot to mention that this is the ROK service pistol (Daewoo makes the rifle, too).

See the thread below about the FN HP SAS system. The Daewoo is using the FN licensed system.
Old January 10, 2003, 01:39 PM   #10
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CIA has them new for $249.99,so you could get one for about $300.00 in hand.I want one to take to the range in my KIA!
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Old January 10, 2003, 01:43 PM   #11
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I've got a DP-51 in the gun safe that I play with every now and then.

As someone else mentioned, parts and service may be a problem, but most of the ones I've heard about have been very durable and reliable.

Some advantages not often mentioned:

1) You can use S&W Model 59 mags. Inexpensive hi-caps. (There's a little gap at the bottom of the grip.) (The one I traded for came with 4 Mec-Gar 16 rounders and one factory 13 rounder.)

2) Tri-action. 1) cocked and locked, 2) hammer down, 3) cocked with hammer down. This last option gives you a strang-feeling, but very light DA first shot that is, really, a SA shot.

One of my shooting buddies shots mine better than I dol. He can shoot almost-one-hole groups with it at 25'.

Mine has been shot a lot and is reliable and accurate. Looks like a cross between a SIG and an small Third Generation S&W. Feels a lot like a SIG.

Good guns. I've had chances to sell or trade mine, and I reconsider it frequently (I shoot mostly CZs), but like it well enough that I don't rush into a sale/trade.
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Old January 24, 2008, 09:20 AM   #12
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I have a DP 51 and it is every bit as good as my beretta,ruger,and all the rest. A real fine gun.
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Old January 24, 2008, 01:51 PM   #13
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My father has had a DP51 since before the 94 AWB. Still going strong and wouldn't even think of calling it a bad pistol.
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Old January 24, 2008, 01:58 PM   #14
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Nice pistol.....BG's call it the Korean NiteMare!
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Old January 24, 2008, 02:26 PM   #15
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Had one years ago and it was a great little shooter. Sorry I ever got rid of it.
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Old January 26, 2008, 05:31 AM   #16
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Got one for $250 with no mag last year(I'm in CA) Like it better than my Ruger P series guns. Amazingly I don't really like the tri action, hard for me to get used to. A Korean guy was there when I picked up the gun, he was very unhappy he didn't see it first!
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Old January 26, 2008, 10:10 AM   #17
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I personally think the "fast action" Daewoo introduced in Dp51 is neat. However, I have had mix reviews from various people who have owned and used this particular handgun- ranging from good to poor, but not excellant niether very poor.
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Old September 13, 2010, 05:13 AM   #18
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Question First heard of Daewoo firearms today, saw them on holster website

I never heard of Daewoo pistols before today. I saw them on a website that sells holsters.
Florida gun dealer has them http://www.floridagunworks.com/Merch...e=FIREARMS+H+D

I can't figure out how the "tri-action" is supposed to work. Sounds interesting though. All my stuff is DAO, but I guess if you are tired of DA/SA guns, this might have a new and novel function for you.

If I understand right, there is NO de-cocking action, only a strange function that allows the hammer to be pushed forward (to prevent snags? To use with belly band holsters? Why?)

I cannot find it now, but I was interested in a small Chinese pistol that was cocked by pressing part of the trigger guard rearward (sounds counter-intuitive, and kind of chinky, but maybe it works good with gloves on). Does anyone know what brand or model pistol this describes? Please PM. Thanks.
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Old September 13, 2010, 08:36 AM   #19
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Tri-Action is a trigger that allows you to;

Shoot as a normal DA/SA.
From the Hammer cocked postion, you can push the hammer forward, the trigger then goes to it's DA position, but instead of a heavy DA trigger pull, the hammer is first recocked by a very easy and light trigger pull...then a normal SA trigger pull will fire the pistol... two distinct stages to the trigger pull.

The safety does not decock, therefore you can carry;
Uncocked (DA), and locked
Cocked and locked
Tri-action (hammer forward) and locked.

Makes for a very safe yet fast and easy, lightweight and thus accurate, shot from the hammer down position.

Editorial comment... Daewoo makes some fine guns. I like them.
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Old September 13, 2010, 09:03 AM   #20
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Digging up an old one, eh?

The Daewoo DP51 "triple action" can be shot three ways.
Single action - Rack the slide and start shooting. Also for successive shots after the first DA or FA shot.
Double action - The gun has no mechanical decocker but the hammer can be lowered by hand for a DA first shot like the CZ75.
Fast action - Push the cocked hammer forward and it will lay down but the mainspring will remain compressed. Gun will fire with a long but light pull, often lighter in pounds than the SA.

I understand that the Daewoo will feed from S&W M59 magazines. The floorplate does not seat flush but that is cosmetic, apparently the feed lips and catch notch are the same.

I do not know what the 2010 parts situation is. I have seen one being shot this year.

The Communist Chinese pistol you are thinking of is the Norinco M-77B. It can be cocked by pulling the front of the trigger guard like the old Lignose Einhand. It has gas delay blowback like an H&K P7.
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Old September 13, 2010, 08:30 PM   #21
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Fast action - Push the cocked hammer forward and it will lay down but the mainspring will remain compressed. Gun will fire with a long but light pull, often lighter in pounds than the SA.
This isn't the case. The first part of the Tri-Action pull flings the hammer back. Then after that, you get the normal SA pull. It's not lighter. It's exactly the same. In fact, if you back off a shot after the hammer flings back, the gun is now in the same state as if cocked for SA. The hammer remains cocked and the trigger returns to the normal SA position.

Also, you can manually recock... errr, reposition the hammer to change from the Tri-Action state back to SA, and the trigger moves back to SA position.

If I understand right, there is NO de-cocking action, only a strange function that allows the hammer to be pushed forward (to prevent snags? To use with belly band holsters? Why?)
AFAIC, the tri-action pull is similar to a DA pull, except it's lighter and it "stacks" at the end, where it breaks just like the SA shot (with the very short reach and at a relatively heavy 8 lbs or so).The normal DA pull is almost just as light, but the break point is a farther reach. So the main advantages are having a "DA pull" that's consistent with the following SA shots, and the shorter reach* needed to break the trigger compared to a traditional DA pull. I personally think the tri-action mode trigger pull is long and heavy enough on my example to carry unlocked, btw. But for that matter, it's probably safe to carry fully cocked and unlocked - which isn't a screaming endorsement of the SA pull weight!

Also, you can cover the hammer while holstering and make use of holsters with conventional retaining straps that lock under the hammer spur, even while cocked.

*This short trigger reach is what sorta ruins the fun for me. Even though it's a double-stack with a pretty meaty grip, the trigger reach is way too short for my taste.

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Old September 14, 2010, 07:27 PM   #22
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Suggest better $300 choice: Ruger, S&W, CZ, EAA, anything
You must be talking about a CZ-82. I don't know of too many other CZ's floating around for $300. BTW, $399 is not $300. You can't get a Kadet kit for much less than $300.
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Old September 14, 2010, 10:08 PM   #23
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There may have been something available at that price 7 years ago, when WESHOOT2 wrote that.

Personally, I wouldn't mind owning a Daewoo... or a Kia if the price was right.
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Old September 24, 2010, 10:38 AM   #24
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Daewoo DP51

I bought a daewoo DP51 just last month for really cheap because it needed parts. Had a tough time locating what I needed, but found them all at bamatraders.com. Was now well worth the $150 for the gun after it was put back together.
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Old September 24, 2010, 11:03 AM   #25
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You must be talking about a CZ-82. I don't know of too many other CZ's floating around for $300. BTW, $399 is not $300. You can't get a Kadet kit for much less than $300.
There may have been something available at that price 7 years ago, when WESHOOT2 wrote that.
Yup. I owned a 40P, 40B, and P01 around '04 and none of them cost me more than $300. The first two were bought new for $299 and the P01 was picked up lightly used at a pawn shop for $275...but that was back before the general public knew what they were.

At those prices they were an excellent value. At their current pricing...eh, not so much.
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