M-249 Para Gen I Belt-Fed Machine Gun

Quick Details

  • Caliber: 5.56 x 45mm NATO
  • Type: Fully-Automatic
  • Category: Belt-fed/Medium Machine Gun
  • Origin: United States
  • Capacity: 20, 40 and 100-round belts

The M249 light machine gun, previously designated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), is the American adaptation of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by FN Herstal. The M249 is manufactured in the United States and is widely used in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Gen I Para features a tubular collapsible buttstock, short barrel with a fixed gas setting, railed top cover and plastic hand guards to deliver precise suppressing fire.

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