M249 Squad Automatic Weapon

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M249 Squad Automatic Weapon
Production information
Faction
Manufacturer

FN Herstal

Model

FN Minimi

Type

Light machine gun

Technical specifications
Damage

15 points per bullet

Ammo

50

Max ammo

200

Modes

Automatic

Ammo type

5.56×45mm NATO

Operation

Gas-operated, open bolt

Rate of fire

855 RPM

Accuracy

Low

Range

Medium

Usage
Used by
Game information
Entity

weapon_m249

The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, also known as the SAW Machine Gun or simply SAW, is a weapon featured in Half-Life: Opposing Force. It is a powerful automatic weapon used by the HECU.

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[edit] Overview

  • The M249 is a machine gun that offers squad-level support. However, it also has a lot of recoil added to it as well so that the SMG is not made completely obsolete. In addition to decreasing accuracy, the longer the player fires the gun, the M249's recoil knocks the player back a bit as long as the fire key is held down.
  • The M249 can first be obtained by taking it from a dead ally in the chapter Friendly Fire. If not picked up there, it can be obtained at the beginning of the chapter Foxtrot Uniform.

[edit] Tactics

Shephard after the Black Mesa Medical Lab.
  • Headshots will make quick work of even the strongest enemies, so one should try to aim for the head if possible.
  • Crouching will make the weapon more accurate, so one should be sure to crouch as often as possible when using it.
  • Ammo for this weapon is extremely rare until the end of the chapter Vicarious Reality.
  • The M249 has a fairly long reload time, so one should make sure to be safe before reloading.
  • Tapping the primary fire button instead of holding it will greatly reduce the recoil. Moving forward removes the recoil but decreases accuracy.
  • If sufficient ammunition is available, the M249 can be used to impede falls by shooting downwards while falling. The backwards recoil will constantly push towards the player's back, regardless of direction, resulting in lower downwards momentum.

[edit] Behind the scenes

The M249 is based on real-life M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, an American adaptation of the Minimi by Fabrique Nationale.

[edit] Gallery

[edit] List of appearances

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