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.
A special version of the M249 designed for use by Special Operations Forces (SOF). Gone are the folding handle, magazine well and vehicle-mounting lug. Newly added are a set of Pictatinny rails for mounting accessories. The SPW features a collapsible buttstock. The SPW's barrel is longer than the M249 Para but shorter than the full-length SAW.
MK 46 Mod 0
Similar, but not identical to the SPW, the MK 46 Mod 0 is the model chosen by USSOCOM. The main differences over the SPW are the switch to a lightweight fixed buttstock and a 4-sided Pictatinny rail interface on the forearm. The Mod 0 has now been replaced by the Mod 1.
MK 46 Mod 1
The next iteration of of the Mod 0 features an improved bipod assembly, reintroduction of the carry handle and reversion to standard M249 style heat shield thereby replacing the Mod 0's 4-sided rail interface a 3-sided one.
MK 48 Mod 0 / Mod 1
A variant of the M249 chambered in 7.62x51mm and designed with SOF in mind. The MK 48 Mod 0 is lighter than the M240 and more reliable than the M60E4. A set of Pictatinny rails allows for the mounting of various accessories. The MK 48 Mod 1 upgrade features a 19.75 inch barrel.
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|