Because Every Craftsman Needs His Own S.A.W.

M249S S.A.W. - Squad Automatic Weapon

M249S S.A.W. (Squad Automatic Weapon) Now for the Home!

The M249 Machinegun, Light – or as it’s more affectionately know by its traditional ‘customer base’ as the S.A.W. (Squad Automatic Weapon) now seems to be available for pre-order preview from the fine people at FNH (makers of fine quality weaponry) with an expected shipping date of Autumn-ish 2015 launch*.

Obviously this is the semi-automatic variant, and not the full “Rock ‘n Rolla” model as enjoyed by many western militaries, but when the zombie apocalypse occurs, you and some basic gunsmithing ability can make this rifle so much more than it already is. That, on-top of the promised/anticipated parts interchangeability with its more ‘militarized’ cousins will make scavenging any future battlefield for “spares ‘n parts” much more rewarding.

No firm word on price yet (or even possible export restrictions to our friends in the Great White North), but expect to pay between $3,500 – $5,000 [edit]$7,500 retail, which sounds like a lot, but you can’t put a price on “FREEDOM!”

*Please check with all relevant law enforcement agencies of appropriate and competent jurisdiction before ordering any ‘scary black rifle’.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’ll also add that this is “proudly made in the U.S.of A.”.

    • I bet the Chinese are already counterfeiting em;)

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        They can imitate, but never duplicate! 🙂

        • FactsWillOut

          I have a Chinese SKS knock-off that gives me tighter groups than my brother’s mint Russian SKS. Do not underestimate Chinese manufacturing skills, they have put men in orbit, and that cannot be done with junk.

          • Deovindice

            This is a true statement! I well remember when the Polytech M1A hit the American market in the late 80s. They were going dirt cheap and for that reason were shunned by many including myself as junk. Little did I realize that they were actually a quality weapon! Surely not on par with a Springfield or Fulton but for the price one hell of a steal! I remember seeing them for around $200 and now kick myself for not buying a couple of them!

      • With faulty firing pins or something, no doubt.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    How much are spare barrels going to cost? Shoot one round per minute, the barrel lasts 5,000 rounds…shoot 400-500 rounds on full auto, I bet it’s basically toasted for accuracy…

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Your magazine or feed drums max out at 100 rounds, so unless you are daisy chaining 4 or 5 ammo belts together and just letting it rip non-stop for the entire belt, all from bed of a pickup truck, I think you will be fine.
      Remember Raymond, “controlled 3-5 bursts” are where the sweet spot is at for most machine gunners.
      Barrel life, with ‘good care and cleaning’ should easily exceed 20,000 rounds, with some well-cared-for barrels exceeding the 50,000 round mark, or so I am told.
      The cost of 5,000 rounds will be about $3,000 assuming you are shooting steel cored ball “green tip”. The classics never really go out of style, but feel free to mix in some incendiary/tracer rounds as conditions or personal preference dictate.
      Happy shooting!
      🙂

      • mauser 98

        ….whatever

        FN has been robbing US taxpayers for years

        “Army Drops Colt as M16 Rifle Maker”
        Under the new contract, the M16’s will be made by FN Manufacturing Inc.
        of Columbia, S.C., an American company owned wholly by Fabrique
        Nationale S.A. of Belgium. Low Bid Called Decisive

        OK… or M4 which is BS

        what i have heard / read FN guns supplied to US military are crap, junk. many will not fire

        • FactsWillOut

          The FN FAL (AKA C1) is a better weapon than the M16.
          We should have gone with the FN CAL.

          • mauser 98

            the latest M4 (M16 variant) supplied to US by FN i have read are are unreliable

          • mauser 98

            Colt fired most of there skilled trades men/ women in the 90’s.. hired low cost workers,,,disaster

          • Deovindice

            FAL was the G1. The HK91 (G3) is superior to both. The only advantage the FAL has is its adjustable gas system. BOTH are superb firearms!

          • FactsWillOut

            Cool, I didn’t know about the G1 designation, but I am familiar with the HKs.
            The Canadian army used to use the FAL as a standard infantry issue weapon, in semi-automatic only (It was too light for controllable full-auto fire), designated C1, and a heavy-barreled true select fire version with bipod designated C2, which was about on par with a BAR.

          • Deovindice

            The Canidian, English, and Australian models were Standard (Inch Pattern) rifles while all others were Metric meaning that the parts were not interchangable. The Isralie model was also Metric but an animal unto itself and would not interchange with other Metric or Inch pattern rifles! I have 2 that I built myself one is an Austrian G1 parts kit built to a DSA reciever and the other is a full blood Imbel.

          • FactsWillOut

            IMHO, in the final analysis, the FN could be used as a club to bend an M16 in half, hand-to-hand.

          • Deovindice

            Correct. They are not in the same class. In WW2 part of BCT was training recruits to use their Garands with a soldier on each end as a step and spring platform! The two soldiers would hold the rifle while the others would run, jump on it, then be lifted and propelled over walls or other obstacles! We haven’t had a REAL battle rifle since the M14.

          • FactsWillOut

            Yep.
            That’s why I’m still a big fan of the Lee Enfield .303 and the Mosin-Nagant. They are old, but are still good for 400 yard kills, and make good clubs, and have those vicious 3-sided bayonets. Heck, in the 1700’s, the Brits outlawed 3-sided swords, because the wounds wouldn’t heal, and 200 years later, they show up again as bayonets.
            I love weapons that truly scream out “Do Not Fuck With Me!”.
            Garand, Lee Enfield, Mauser, Mosin-Nagant, etc.

      • Minicapt

        The standard M249 probably ships with a spare barrel or two, like the MAG-58.

        Cheers

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Alcohol, tobacco and firearms are a convenience store.

  • Maggat

    Down the road we may well need something like that. However I’ll just have to settle for my SKS for the time being and hope I never have to use it.

    • mauser 98

      more reliable

    • FactsWillOut

      Keep it nice and clean, or it’ll go full-auto in a bad way.

      • mauser 98

        yeeehaaaaaww

      • Maggat

        With the gov’t mandated magazine that’s just 2 1/2 double taps.

  • FactsWillOut

    For the zombie apocalypse, nothing beats the AA 12:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOoUVeyaY_8

  • Xavier

    Why would any private citizen need a S.A.W. unless you were expecting marauders or a revolution?

    Oh. Oh. Oh!

    • mauser 98

      wholelotta BS ………advertising

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Why would you NOT need a S.A.W.?
      🙂
      If I was “rich” and lived in a 2nd Amendment friendly state such as Arizona or Idaho, I’d have a garage full of that kind of stuff.
      It would look like the basement of that survivalist couple in “Tremors”.

      http://movieclips.com/jC7iY-tremors-movie-the-wrong-rec-room/

  • mauser 98

    oooooohhh gotta have a SAW………… BS
    3 to 5k$ .?.. for attention starved

  • canminuteman

    I lugged around a C2 or C5 for most of my military career, but got to fire the C9 (the Cdn military version of this gun) a few times as it was on the way in as I was on the way out It was a huge improvement over the C2. it’s a beautiful gun.

  • P_F

    Anyways not for ‘The True North strong and free’ Canada.

  • Hard Little Machine

    7.62/.308 or go home. My FN-FAL can stop a rhino.

    • FactsWillOut

      7.62 NATO in an FN FAL is not controllable in full-auto, that’s why Canada had the heavy-barreled “C2” with bipod as a section support weapon, about on par with the BAR.
      A full day with a FN FAL is enough to beat the crap out of most folk under 200 lb, and the ammo was heavier. I agree that the 5.56 is a bit underpowered, but still probably a better trade-off in terms of weight and ease of use.
      I think we would have been better off with the FN CAL rather than the M-16, though.
      That being said, NATO should have made something along the lines of a 7.62 x 39mm, say a rimless version of the 30-30.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Full auto? No one hits anything on full auto.

        • FactsWillOut

          Agreed. It does come in handy to keep the enemy’s heads down, though.