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M249 SAW
M249 SAW model.png

Appears in

Spec Ops: The Line


Light Machine Gun

Magazine size


Spare Ammo


Used by

33rd Infantry
Zulu Squad

The M249 SAW is a light machine gun (LMG) that appears in Spec Ops: The Line. This weapon is the only LMG seen in the entire game.


The M249 SAW is Adams' primary weapon and can be picked up from some 33rd Infantry soldiers. It is also wielded as the standard weapon of Heavy Troopers and a select few Zulu Squad soldiers. A few 33rd Infantry soldiers wield this weapon as well.

The first time a player can pick one up is Chapter 5. Afterwards, it appears in every subsequent level minus Chapter 8, Chapter 9, and Chapter 12.


It is unlocked at level 31, and can only be equipped on a loadout as a Gunner.


  • The M249 SAW has the largest ammo capacity of any small-arms weapon, with one magazine holding 100 rounds.
  • While Adams' M249 is in good condition, the M249s used by the 33rd Infantry are being held together with bands or tape, likely due to the fact they have been unable to properly maintain their weapons in the harsh conditions of Dubai. Despite this, Adams' M249 can still be seen with bands.
  • It ejects bullet casings where belt links should be ejected. (Plus it doesn't eject belt links.)
  • M249 is part of the FN Minimi family, M249 being Military designation and SAW meaning Squad Automatic Weapon.