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Saturday, March 19, 2011

M249 light machine gun

Machine Gun, 5.56 mm, M249
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M249 Para
Type Squad automatic weapon/Light machine gun
Place of origin  Belgium (FN Minimi)
 United States (M249 derivative)
Service history
In service 1984–present
Used by United States Armed Forces, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), and Lebanon
Wars Invasion of Panama
Persian Gulf War
Unified Task Force
Bosnian War
Kosovo War
Afghan War
Iraq War
Production history
Designed 1976
Manufacturer Fabrique Nationale de Herstal
Unit cost US$4,087
Produced late 1970s–present
Variants See Variants
Weight 7.5 kg (17 lb) empty,
10 kg (22 lb) loaded
Length 1,041 mm (41 in)
Barrel length 521 mm (21 in)

Cartridge 5.56x45 mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, open bolt
Rate of fire 750–1,000 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 915 m/s (3,000 ft/s)
Effective range 1,000 yd (910 m)
Feed system M27 linked belt, STANAG magazine

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