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Date Posted: January 25, 2017
Grace Strong
The FN M249S is the civilian version of the government issued M249 SAW and is available to purchase at our Bellevue location.
The FN M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) is a belt-fed light machine gun chambered in 5.56mm NATO that has blasted its way through it's fair share of conflicts. Originally designed as the Belgian FN MINIMI, the US adaptation was adopted by the U.S. Military in 1988, and this battle proven design has aided US troops in the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq War. A civilian replica of this iconic weapon is now available to public as the FN M249S. 
What really makes the M249S such an awesome rifle is that it maintains the integrity of it's military grade big brother, with only the absolute necessary changes made to make it civilian legal. You'll find the same 18.5" cold hammer forged, stainless barrel on the M249S as the M249SAW. Both are boast a robust gas operating system, and are belt fed, taking M27 links. An exciting feature of the M249S is that it will take standard AR-15 mags as well, allowing you to put that mag stash to good use! 
The primary and most obvious difference is that the M249S is a semi-auto set up,  versus full auto. While this is a sad reality, it is certainly understandable. It has also been built to prevent conversion to full auto with welded internal components (insert sounds of dreams crushing). 
Other features to get excited about: 
  • Quick change barrel capability 
  • User friendly 4 - 6.5 lb. curved trigger  
  • Non reciprocating charging handle 
  • Closed bolt firing position 
  • Removable heat shield 
  • Top cover integrated MIL-STD-1913 mounting rail for sighting systems 
  • Fixed pivoting ejector and side ejection of cases 
  • Formed steel frame 
  • Folding, adjustable steel bipod  
  • Folding carry handle 
  • Flip up feed tray cover and feed tray mechanism 
  • Instant cool points upon purchase.

The M249S is available for purchase at our Bellevue location. Be sure to check out the M249S Para while you're here too.







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