M249 Light Machine Gun

M249 Light Machine Gun

M249 Light Machine Gun
Description The Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), or 5.56mm M249 is an individually portable, gas operated, magazine or disintegrating metallic link-belt fed, light machine gun with fixed headspace and quick change barrel feature. The M249 engages point targets out to 800 meters, firing the improved NATO standard 5.56mm cartridge. The SAW forms the basis of firepower for the fire team. The gunner has the option of using 30-round M16 magazines or linked ammunition from pre-loaded 200-round plastic magazines. The gunner's basic load is 600 rounds of linked ammunition.
Manufacturer Fabrique Nationale Manufacturing, Inc.
Shot Counter Part Number WSC-M249
Technology Readiness Level 3, Analytical and experimental critical function and proof of concept.