M249 SAW Machine Gun
The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) is a light machine gun that is found throughout the US military. It fires 5.56mm45mm NATO ammunition and comes in a number of variants.
The original, full-length SAW, featuring a 18.3 inch barrel, tubular steel stock and fixed carrying handle. The M249 SAW was typically fed from 100 or 200-round plastic boxes. A magazine well is fitted in order to accept STANAG magazines typically used in M16 / M4 rifles.
Full-length M249 featuring a fixed plastic stock similar in style to the M240 machine gun. Other improvements include better heat guards, softened sharp spots, folding hand guard and a hydraulic buffer to cut down on recoil.
A more compact variant of the SAW, designed for airborne troops, the Para features a collapsible stock and a 13.7 inch barrel.
Special Ops Variants
A number of versions of the M249 design were created especially to suit the needs of Special Operations Forces.
M249 SPW / Mk 46
Special versions of the M249 designed for use by Special Operations Forces (SOF).
more info: M249 SPW / Mk 46 Lightweight Machine Gun
Mk 48 Mod 0 / Mod 1
A variant of the M249 chambered in 7.62x51mm and designed with SOF in mind.
more info: Mk 48 Machine Gun
M249 (Para) Specifications
|weight:||15.65 lbs (loaded)|
|length:||30.5 inches (stock collapsed)
36 inches (stock extended)
|barrel length:||13.4 inches|
|rate of fire :||750-1000 rpm|
|muzzle velocity :||3,200 feet per second|
|effective range :||1000m|
|caliber :||5.56mm x 45mm NATO|
|magazine :||200-round disintegrating belt|