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M249 squad automatic weapon
M249 squad automatic weapon

The M249 squad automatic weapon, commonly called SAW, is a hand carried gun that has a bipod attached for use in ground operations.

Specifications

Cartridge: 5.56X45mm
Operation: gas, firing fully automatic
Locking: rotating bolt head
Feed: 200-round belts or 30-round magazine
Weight: 6.85 kg; barrel, 1.7 kg
Length: 1.04 m
Barrel: overall, 523 mm or 381 mm (see text)
Rifling: 6 grooves, rh, 1 turn in 178 mm
Sights: fore, semi-fixed hooded post, adjustbable for windage and elevation; rear, aperture, adjustable for windage and elevation
Sight radius: 490 mm
Muzzle velocity: 915 m/s
Muzzle energy: ca 175 kgm
Rate of fire: cyclic, ca 750 rds/min
Max range: ca 2,000 m; effective up to 1,100m


Manufacturers

FN Manufacturing Inc, Columbia, SC


Source(s): Jane's Infantry Weapons, 24th Edition 1998-99; Philadelphia Online: Blackhawk Down


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