The M249 light machine gun (LMG), previously designated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), is an American version of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by the Belgian company Fabrique Nationale Herstal (FN). The weapon provides infantry squads with the heavy volume of fire of a machine gun combined with accuracy and portability approaching that of a rifle.
M249s have seen action in every major conflict involving the United States since the 1989 invasion of Panama. Due to the weight and age of the weapon, the United States Marine Corps is testing the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle with plans to partially replace the M249 in Marine Corps service. That said, that does not dissuade from its appearances in many movies, tv shows and video games as the weapon is almost as synonymous with American infantry as the iconic M16/M4.
Cyberguns M249 features the fully licensed form and markings making it very realistic. They have followed the same design and layout as the A&K / CA school of M249 making it nice and hefty with a steel body, Aluminium accents and polymer foreguard. The built-in bipod stays out fo the way while not in use but drops out when needed making it a welcome addition to a weapon some might find too heavy. The collapsible stock and short barrel let it shrink down to about 79cm to make it easier to move around in tighter quarters as well as packing in shorter bags.
This weapon comes with a 300 round high cap M16 magazine which allows you to use your weapon fine but is a bit of a short change choice for a support weapon. That said, many M249 force you to use the included magazine however good it is or not. This weapon saves you the cost of a box magazine so you can go out and select one for yourself. G&P and CA make electrical auto-wing magazines, some with switches, some with sound detection, some big and some small. As an M249 should be, it fires on full auto only.
This weapon comes bundled with a battery and charger as well, which is always nice.