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Summary

The M249 SAW is a Light Machine Gun in Stranded on Earth: The First Strike.

Lore

The M249 Light Machine Gun, previously known as the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), is the American adaption of the FN Minimi, which is manufactured by FN Herstal in Belgium.

It was introduced in order to compensate for the lack of firepower in small squads, but nowadays is being slowly phased out by the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle.

Analysis

Advantages:

  • Superb damage and range
  • Manageable recoil and rate of fire
  • Average box magazine capacity

Disadvantages:

  • Fire rate makes it useful only as a support weapon
  • Terrible accuracy
  • Slow reload time

Trivia

  • There is a Pack-A-Punch'd variant of the M249 SAW, dubbed the Lumbermill.
  • While it hasn't been fixed yet, the weapon tends to lag horribly. Using the M240B or MK-46 would be a more reliable option.

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