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name: M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon
manufacturer: Fabrique Nationale de Herstal
in service in: US, lebanon
in service since: 1984
purpose: Squad Auto Weapon
Rate of fire: 750-1,000 RPM
cartridge: 5.56x45 mm NATO
muzzle velocity: 915 m/s
feed system: M27 linked belt, STANAG magazine
The M249 light machine gun (LMG), previously designated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), and formally written as Light Machine Gun, 5.56 mm, M249, is an American version of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal (FN). The M249 is manufactured in the United States and is widely used by the U.S. Armed Forces. The gun was introduced in 1984 after being judged the most effective of a number of candidate weapons to address the lack of automatic firepower in small units. The gun provides infantry squads with the heavy volume of fire of a machine gun combined with accuracy and portability approaching that of a rifle.