Equipment Piece of the Week: M249 5.56mm Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW)

Firefight in the Waterpur ValleyThe M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) provides squad-level fire support. It lays down a base of sustained fire and is used routinely in both mounted and dismounted configurations. The M249 delivers greater range and rates of fire than the M16 or M4.

A collapsible buttstock allows shoulder firing in the extended and collapsed positions. It improves weapons control when fired in confined spaces. The M249 Short Barrel allows for improved egress and maneuver in close quarter combat. An improved bipod provides Soldiers with increased reliability and weapon accuracy, including on uneven terrain.

The M249 features a hammer-forged steel barrel for enhanced accuracy and long life as well as a hard chrome-plated bore and chamber for greater corrosion resistance.

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