The M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) is a light machine gun.

Appearances Edit

ArmA 2 Edit

« The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon is a fully-automatic, gas-operated, magazine or belt-fed individual weapon. It is the standard US Army light machine gun based on the Belgian FN Minimi, featuring a 200 round plastic magazine box. The bipod can be collapsed and the weapon can be fired from the hands. The M249 SAW provides the squad with the accurate and sustained fire required to suppress and destroy enemy targets.
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In ArmA 2, the SAW is used as the weapon of the automatic rifleman class of both the US Marines and Army (in Operation Arrowhead). It uses 5.56x45 mm NATO rounds belt fed from either 200-round or 100-round magazines but may also take 30-round STANAG magazines should the situation demands.

It is arguably the best light machine gun in game, with 200-round magazines (at least double the capacity of its counterparts, the XM8 SAW, MG36 and RPK) and, with Operation Arrowhead expansion, zoomed scope and thermal sights, all while retaining good accuracy and the ability to use various magazines. It is probably limited by the power of the 5.56 mm rounds it uses, which is relatively weak.

Other than the inclusion of the new scopes, the changes of the M249 from ArmA 2 to Operation Arrowhead is cosmetic, with the 'new' M249 having Piccatiny rails from which it can mount the various sights.

In-game data Edit

ArmA 2 Edit

Cartridge: 5.56x45 mm NATO

Magazines used: 200-round M249 magazine (default), 100-round M249 magazine, 100-round MG36 magazine, 30-round STANAG magazine

Accessories: Iron sights, scopes, thermal weapons sights

Fire modes: Auto

Users: USA (USMC and Army), British Armed Forces (as L110A1)

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