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M249 Squad Automatic Weapon

The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon is an individually portable, gas operated, magazine or disintegrating metallic link-belt fed, light machine gun. It is designed to be used on the front lines, providing crucial support at the infantry squad/fire team level by providing highly accurate fire plus the maneuverability to take the objective.
M249 Squad Automatic Weapon Copyright © Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, U.S. Marine Corps

Status

In active service

Contractor

Manufacturer: FN America - McLean, Virginia, USA Based on the FN Minimi

Characteristics

Dimensions
Barrel length: 521 millimeters 20.5 inches
Overall length: 1 035 millimeters 40.75 inches
Overall height: 241 millimeters 9.5 inches
Weight
Empty weight: 7.5 kilograms 16.53 pounds
Features
Caliber: 5.56×45 millimeter NATO
Action: Gas-operated, open bolt
Feed: 30-round magainze, 100 or 200-round metal link belt
Muzzle velocity: 914 meters per second 3 000 feet per second
Cyclic rate of fire: 775 rounds per minute
Effective range: 792 meters 2 600 feet
Maximum range: 3 600 meters 11 800 feet

Timeline

1986 - Date deployed

M249 PARA

The M249 PARA is optimized for airborne, armored infantry and close quarters combat (CQC) operations with a shorter barrel and collapsible buttstock. It retains all the features of the M249 SAW and can be field-converted back to the standard model configuration in just 30 seconds.

Status

In active service

Characteristics

Dimensions
Barrel length: 348 millimeters 13.7 inches
Overall length (extended): 914 millimeters 36 inches
Overall length (collapsed): 775 millimeters 30.5 inches
Overall height: 241 millimeters 9.5 inches
Weight
Empty weight: 7.23 kilograms 15.95 pounds
Features
Caliber: 5.56×45 millimeter NATO
Action: Gas-operated, open bolt
Feed: 30-round magazine, 100 or 200-round metal link belt
Muzzle velocity: 914 meters per second 3 000 feet per second
Rate of fire: 750 rounds per minute
Effective range: 792 meters 2 600 feet
Maximum range: 1 800 meters 5 900 feet

MK 46 Mod 1

The MK 46 is a version of the M249 specifically developed to meet the requirements of U.S. Special Operations Forces for a lightweight variant that retains the full functionality and reliability of the standard model. The weight reduction and a reduction of overall length are achieved by utilizing a lightweight barrel and removing the carrying handle, magazine well, and vehicle mounting lugs.

Characteristics

Dimensions
Barrel length: 414 millimeters 16.3 inches
Overall length (collapsed): 920 millimeters 36.22 inches
Overall height: 237 millimeters 9.33 inches
Weight
Empty weight: 7 kilograms 15.44 pounds
Features
Caliber: 5.56×45 millimeter NATO
Action: Gas-operated, open bolt
Feed: 30-round magazine, 100 or 200-round metal link belt
Rate of fire: 730 rounds per minute
Effective range: 800 meters 2 625 feet
Maximum range: 1 800 meters 5 900 feet

MK 48 Mod 1

The MK 48 is a 7.62mm lightweight machine gun developed to meet a U.S. Special Operations requirement for a lightweight 7.62mm weapon to compliment the 5.56mm MK 46 lightweight machine gun.

Characteristics

Dimensions
Barrel length: 512 millimeters 19.75 inches
Overall length (collapsed): 1 010 millimeters 39.75 inches
Overall height: 237 millimeters 9.33 inches
Weight
Empty weight: 8.28 kilograms 18.26 pounds
Features
Caliber: 7.62×51 millimeter NATO
Action: Gas-operated, open bolt
Feed: 30-round magazine, 100 or 200-round metal link belt
Rate of fire: 730 rounds per minute
Effective range: 800 meters (tracer burnout) 2 625 feet (tracer burnout)
Maximum range: 3 600 meters 11 800 feet

M249 SPW