Weapons used by the U.S. Armed Forces
M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW)
Mission of the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon
Deter, and if necessary, repel adversaries by enabling
individuals and small units to engage targets with accurate,
lethal, direct automatic fire.
Entered Army Service
M249 Description and Specifications
The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) is a lightweight, gas-operated, one-man-portable automatic weapon
capable of delivering a large volume of effective fire at ranges up to 800 meters. Two M249s are issued per
infantry squad. It is scheduled to replace the M60 7.62 medium machine gun in certain units.
Caliber: 5.56 mm
Weight: 16.5 lbs
Rate of Fire: 750 rounds per minute
FN Manufacturing (Columbia, SC)