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NOTE: This article is about M249 LMGs featured in the main ArmA games. For its U.S. military counterpart in ArmA 3's CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC, see M249 (CSLA).


The M249 SAW is a 5.56 mm light machine gun featured in ArmA: Armed Assault, ArmA 2, ArmA Tactics, and ARMA Reforger.


ArmA: Armed Assault

« The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon is a fully-automatic, gas-operated, magazine or belt-fed individual weapon.
It is the standard US Army light machinegun based on the Belgian FN Minimi, featuring a 200 round plastic magazine box. The bipod can be collapsed and the weapon can be fired from the hands.
The M249 SAW provides the squad with the accurate and sustained fire required to suppress and destroy enemy targets.
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M249 SAW 5.56 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png Black Element
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
200
Dispersion 0.0015 rad
Variants None
Games
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The M249 5.56 mm light machine gun.

The M249 SAW is used by both U.S. Army forces and Black Element PMCs in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

The M249 is a gas operated light machine gun with an open bolt design that is chambered to fire the 5.56×45 mm NATO round.

It feeds from 200-round belts stored in plastic boxes. The M249 can attain a fire rate of up to 857 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 915 m/s. The M249 features a (non-functional) integrated bipod but is not fitted with any optical sights or sound suppressors.

U.S. Army automatic riflemen ambushing an SLA patrol.

The M249 essentially functions as a lightweight counterpart to the heavier 7.62 mm-chambered M240 GPMG.

Unlike the M240, the M249 has a reduced effective firing range and has twice the amount of dispersion at long ranges. It boasts a slightly higher RPM compared to the M240 however and thanks to its 200-round belt box, is more suitable for use against targets at distances of up to 600 metres.

Unfortunately, the velocity and damage output of the M249's 5.56 mm round falls off sharply against targets located beyond 600 metres. Out of the two platforms, the M240 still remains (arguably) the superior platform when it comes to providing reliable suppression.


Ammunition

Round name Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
5.56×45 mm NATO 8 915
5.56×45 mm NATO SD 7 320

The M249 is able to load from both its own 200-round plastic boxes or regular STANAG magazines. The former require two inventory slots to carry, while the latter only take up a single slot instead:

200Rnd. M249 Belt

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Standard 200-round linked belt stored inside a plastic box.

Rounds fired from this box specifically have a muzzle velocity of 915 m/s.

30Rnd. Stanag

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Basic 30-round rifle magazine used with the M4 carbine and M16A4 rifle.

Unlike 200-round boxes, rounds fired from 30-round STANAGs have a lower velocity of just 850 m/s instead.

30Rnd. Stanag SD

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Specialised magazine loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. Identical to regular 30-round STANAGs save for a much lower velocity of 320 m/s.

20Rnd. Stanag

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20-round box magazine used by the Mk12 marksman rifle. Aside from its capacity it is otherwise completely identical to regular 30-round STANAGs.


Trivia

  • The M249 SAW is able to optionally feed from regular 20- or 30-round STANAG magazines (like real M249s), but the in-game model does not actually change to reflect this.
  • It appears to be Dewan Robinson's weapon of choice, as he is always heard fondly boasting about the capabilities of his M249.

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ArmA 2

« The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon is a fully-automatic, gas-operated, magazine or belt-fed individual weapon. It is the standard US Army light machine gun based on the Belgian FN Minimi, featuring a 200 round plastic magazine box. The bipod can be collapsed and the weapon can be fired from the hands. The M249 SAW provides the squad with the accurate and sustained fire required to suppress and destroy enemy targets.
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M249 SAW 5.56 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
200
Dispersion 0.0015 rad
Variants M249 Para
Games
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The M249 5.56 mm light machine gun.

The M249 SAW is used exclusively by the U.S. Marines in ArmA 2.

Overview

Returning in ArmA 2, the M249 SAW continues to serve as the standard-issue LMG of U.S. military forces.

It still loads from 200-round belts stored in plastic boxes, though it can now (optionally) load 100-round cloth bags as well. The ArmA 2 M249 retains the same fire rate and muzzle velocity of its predecessor and still features a (non-functional) integrated bipod. As before, it does not support being fitted with optical sights, side rail accessories or sound suppressors.

The M249 serves as the standard-issue light machine gun of U.S. Marines deployed to Chernarus. The M249 boasts the ability to load 200-round belt boxes, which is effectively double the amount of its counterparts (XM8/MG36) while retaining decent accuracy. Lastly should the need arise, it can feed from 30-round 5.56 mm rifle magazines used by other members of the user's squad.

Its only drawbacks are the lack of magnified optics and usage of 5.56 mm ammunition, which suffers from a significant damage drop-off the further the round travels. These two factors combined limits the M249's effective range to just under 800 metres as opposed to 7.62 mm medium machine guns like the M240. The latter can not only hit targets that are further out, but are better at retaining the energy of their rounds over long distances.


Variants

M249 Para

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This is a premium asset that requires ownership of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.


M249 Para 5.56 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Icon-side-blufor.png ACR
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
100
Dispersion 0.0015 rad
Variants M249 SAW
Games
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The M249 Para 5.56 mm light machine gun.

The M249 Para is a sub-variant of the baseline M249 SAW, but is used by both U.S. Army and Czech military forces instead. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Unlike its parent weapon, the M249 Para has a few variants that are fitted with either the M145 telescopic sight or the TWS thermal scope.

All variants feature laser pointers for use in nighttime conditions. Though the M249 Para can load from the same 200-round plastic boxes as USMC M249s, it mainly feeds from 100-round cloth pouches.

Other than the inclusion of the new optics, the changes from the baseline M249 SAW are mostly cosmetic. The M249 Para simply has more rails fitted from which it can mount the sights and accessories.


Camouflage

  • Black: Standard matte black/dark grey scheme. Utilised on both M249 variants.

Ammunition

Round name Base damage value Aerodynamic velocity Initial velocity (m/s)
5.56×45 mm NATO 8 -0.001425 915
5.56×45 mm NATO SD 7 -0.0006 320

There are nine kinds of "magazine" varieties that both M249 variants can feed from. However, only the M249 Para can be fed with all nine - unmodified M249s are not capable of loading 100-round "magazines".

The 200- and 100-round linked belts along with the 100-round drums take up two inventory slots apiece, while the individual rifle magazines only take up one slot:

200Rnd. M249 Belt

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Standard 200-round linked belt stored inside a plastic box. Rounds fired from this box have a muzzle velocity of 915 m/s.

The fourth round will always be a red tracer, while the last four rounds consist exclusively of tracers.

M249 Mag.

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100-round linked belt stored inside a soft pack. Remains otherwise identical to regular 200-round plastic boxes.

L110A1 Mag.

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Alternate 200-round belt box, specifically intended for use with the L110A1.

It remains statistically identical to regular 200-round belt boxes.

30Rnd. STANAG

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Basic 30-round rifle magazine. Rounds fired have a muzzle velocity of 930 m/s.

Does not contain any visible tracers.

30Rnd. STANAG SD

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Specialised magazine loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. Identical to regular 30-round STANAGs save for a much lower velocity of 320 m/s.

20Rnd. STANAG

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20-round box magazine. Remains otherwise identical to regular 30-round STANAGs.

G36 Mag.

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Plastic magazine used exclusively by the G36 and XM8 families of modular rifles.

It is mostly identical in most other aspects compared to regular 30-round STANAGs, but their rounds have a slightly reduced muzzle velocity of 920 m/s instead.

30rnd G36 SD

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Loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition.

It fires rounds with greatly reduced velocities of 320 m/s, but remain otherwise identical to regular plastic magazines.

MG36 Mag.

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100-round Beta-C drum used by the MG36 light support weapon. Aside from its capacity it is completely identical to regular 30-round plastic magazines.


Trivia

  • M249 variants carried by U.S. Army infantrymen feature "TangoDown" vertical foregrips attached to their underbarrel rails. However, they are merely cosmetic and do not affect the M249's recoil or handling in any way.
  • Just like in Armed Assault, M249s in ArmA 2 can be fed with STANAG magazines but their models do not change to reflect this.
  • As part of the latest Steam version patches (Community Configuration Project), all variants of the M249 can properly share their ammunition with the British L110A1. Prior to the update, no variant of the M249 could utilise the latter's unique 200-round belt boxes.

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ArmA Tactics

« The M249 light machine gun (LMG), previously designated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), is an American version of the Belgian FN Minimi. It provides infantry squads with the heavy volume of fire of a machine gun combined with the accuracy and portability approaching that of a rifle.
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M249 5.56 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png Operators
Type Light Machine Gun
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
5 (+2)
Games
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The M249 5.56 mm light machine gun.

The M249 is used exclusively by the Operators in ArmA Tactics.

Overview

The M249 can be unlocked at the Armoury for 800 credits.

Compared to the M4A1, it possesses slightly more range and has significantly increased damage; in most cases, a single burst at close distances is sufficient to outright kill an enemy (even without landing a critical).

On the downside, the M249's magazine capacity is smaller and without the Extended Magazine upgrade, will most likely require wasting AP on reloading after a single firefight. Its hit probability drops off the further the target, which negates some of its range advantage though fortunately, it doesn't fall off as sharply compared to the M1014.

It should also be noted that since the M249 can't be suppressed, equipping it on missions which require or favour a stealthy approach is ill-advised. In such cases, it may be better to exchange the M249 for the M4A1 - at least temporarily until the following mission.

With regards to weapon selection, any member of the team can be equipped with the M249 provided you have enough credits to outfit them with it.

However, since you won't have much spare cash to throw around in your first playthrough, it is advisable to prioritise equipping Masters first as he is the only member of the team who starts off with a decent level in LMG usage.


Upgrades

The M249 supports two upgrades:

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« Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (ACOG) provide fixed power magnification levels from 1.5x to 6x. The reticles are illuminated at night by an internal phosphor.
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Increases the Operator's hit probability by +5%. Costs 250 credits to acquire.

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« Allows the operator to shoot more rounds before the weapon needs to be reloaded.
Armoury Description
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Increases the M249's magazine capacity by +2 rounds (to a maximum of 7). Costs 250 credits to acquire.


Trivia

  • Neither upgrades will visibly alter the M249's in-game appearance when equipped.

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ARMA Reforger

« 5.56×45mm light machine gun.
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M249 SAW 5.56 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png United States
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 5.56×45 mm
Magazine
capacity
200
Dispersion 0.400 m
Weight 6.9 kg (unloaded)
Variants None
Games
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The M249 SAW 5.56 mm light machine gun.

The M249 SAW is used exclusively by U.S. military forces in ARMA Reforger.

Overview

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The M249 SAW returns in Reforger and still feeds from 200-round linked belts stored in an ammobox.

Unlike its predecessors, the fire rate of Reforger's M249 has been reduced to 800 RPM. However, its muzzle velocity is mostly unchanged and still remains at an approximate ~ 914.19 m/s.

It features a (non-functional) folding bipod but cannot be suppressed with muzzle attachments. Likewise, no optical sights can be mounted onto the M249. It can however, be manually zeroed starting from a minimum of 100 m up to a maximum of 1,300 m. Adjustments are made with increments/decrements of 100 m.


Ammunition

NOTE: Although the M249 SAW's linked belts utilise the same M855/M856 rounds as other 5.56 mm-chambered weapons, their performance will be slightly different due to the M249's lower muzzle velocity. All other aspects remain identical, however.

Ammo parameters M855 M856
Base damage value 76 76
Classification FMJ FMJ / Tracer
Aerodynamic friction 0.0000050 0.0000050
Initial velocity (m/s) 930 930
Penetration depth (mm) 7 7
Penetration density (g/cm3) 7.86 7.86
Penetration speed (m/s) 920 920

The M249 SAW is able to load two types of magazines:

5.56×45mm 200rnd M249 Belt

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Standard 200-round linked belt stored in an ammobox. The belt uses a mix of M855 ball and M856 tracer ammunition.

Every fifth round fired comprises of a visible tracer. Only the last six rounds of the belt will consist entirely of tracers.

It has a weight of 0.350 kg, occupies 1x1 inventory slots, and has a volume of 1,400 cm3.

5.56×45mm 200rnd M249 Tracer Belt

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Tracer magazine. The belt is loaded entirely with M856 tracers.

It weighs and takes up the same amount of inventory slots/volume as the standard mixed load 200-round ammobox.


Trivia

  • Like most light and medium machine guns in Reforger, the M249's bipod cannot actually be deployed as the weapon deployment mechanic has yet to be added to the game.

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External links

See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA: Armed Assault
Handguns M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5A5 9 mm
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mmM4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 GL, M4, M4 GL)
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 + GP-25, AKS-74 PSO) • G36 series (G36, G36C, G36K) • M16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 + M203) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles Mk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles KSVK 12.7 mmM107 .50M24 7.62 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machine guns M240 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers 6G30
Launchers 9K32 StrelaFIM-92F StingerJavelin LauncherM136RPG-7V
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMM2M119A1Mk. 19Searchlight
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Queen's Gambit
OFP-factionicon-unitedstates.png U.S. Army - Armoury (ArmA: Armed Assault)
Handguns M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5A5 9 mm
Carbines G36 series (G36C, G36K) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 GL, M4, M4 GL)
Assault rifles G36 5.56 mmM16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles Mk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M24 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns M240 7.62 mm
Launchers FIM-92F StingerJavelin LauncherM136
Static M2M119A1Mk. 19Searchlight
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-usmc.png USMC - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns M1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203)
Assault rifles M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M24 7.62 mm (M40A3)
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136SMAW
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns G17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns PDW 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines Mk16 CQC 5.56 mm
Assault rifles SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles M14 7.62 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32Mk13
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136MAAWS
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Operation Arrowhead
Arma2-factionicon-acr.png ACR - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mm
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mm
Carbines M4A3 5.56 mm (M4A3 M203)
Assault rifles CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • Sa-58V 7.62 mm (Sa-58P)
Sniper rifles CZ 750 S1 M1 .308SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 Para 5.56 mm
Machineguns M60E4 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Launchers MAAWSRPG-7V
Static DShKMRBS-70
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Operation Arrowhead | Army of the Czech Republic
Weapons of ArmA Tactics
Shotguns M1014
Assault rifles M4A1 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M110 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Weapons of ARMA Reforger
Handguns M9 9 mmPM 9 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mmM16A2 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M21 SWS 7.62 mmSVD 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mmRPK-74 5.45 mm
Machine guns M60 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Launchers M72A3 LAWRPG-7V1
Static M2HB - TripodM60 - TripodPKM - Tripod
OFP-factionicon-unitedstates.png United States - Armoury (ARMA Reforger)
Handguns M9 9 mm
Assault rifles M16A2 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M21 SWS 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns M60 7.62 mm
Launchers M72A3 LAW
Static M2HB - TripodM60 - Tripod
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