Fabrique Nationale FN M249 SAW

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  1. Shooter

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    Manufacturer - Fabrique Nationale

    The FN Minimi / M249 SAW is an air cooled, gas operated, belt fed, automatic weapon. The Minimi is operated using conventional gas action with the gas piston located below the barrel, and the barrel is locked using the traditional rotary bolt. The barrel is quick-detachable, and has a carrying handle attached to it, to help for quick replacement procedure. The M249 has an alternative feed system, which allows to use disintegrating metallic belts as a primary feed option, or M16-type box magazines as a back-up feed option. The belt is feed using the top feed unit, the magazines are inserted through the magazine port, located at the left side of the receiver and angled down. The Flip-up dust cover closes the magazine port when it is not in use, serving also as a belt guide. When magazine is in place, this cover raises up and closes the belt-way to avoid dual feeds and jams. Since the belt feed uses additional power to pull the belt through the gun, the rate of fire with the belt is somewhat slower (~ 750 rpm) than the rate of fire with magazine feed (~ 1000 rpm). The latest SPW and Mk.46 mod.0 versions of the Minimi have no magazine feed module as a weight-saving measure. The belts are fed from special 200 rounds plastic boxes that can be clipped beneath the receiver. All Minimi versions fire from open bolt to ensure optimal barrel cooling between bursts.​
     
  2. z_kuz

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    I have been deployed 3 times. Once to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq. My last tour in Iraq I carried the saw the entire time. I had no problems whit this weapon in several combat engagements. The only poeple I saw who had issues with this weapon were people who did not take the time to properly clean and lube the weapon. Which is a daily event in the desert. But with proper maintenance I have had no issues with the weapon. Price Payed: $0.00 Recommended? Yes Pros: Light wieght (For a Machine Gun), ease of maintenance Cons: Does not work well if not maintained very regularly.
     

  3. Grunt13

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    The SAW gets a bad rap. I have carried quite a few of them. The one the Army issued always gave me problems for the first 20 rds or so. I believe it was simply worn out. After heating up it ran fine. Any newer SAW I've used has been absolutely wonderful. There is no better way to carry this much firepower in a package this small. Price Payed: $1,000.00 Recommended? Yes Pros: Light weight, accurate, can carry lots of ammo Cons: Must be kept clean and maintained.
     
  4. dlorenz

    dlorenz New Member

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    we had no problems with the weapons,just the guys carrying them.a lot of units give them to slackers for punishment but i made sure my best guys had them,so i didnt have to ride them to keep them maintained.great in a tight spot but for any distance id rather have a 240B or a M2 of course.if i ever aquire a class 3 license im absolutely gonna see about getting one. Price Payed: $75,000.00 Recommended? Yes Pros: reliable when clean,lots of lead when needed,handy when equipped with the shorty barrel Cons: soldiers put too many doohickeys on em,need the right sling and carry method to alleviate fatigue,not enough familiarization with the weapon by soldiers