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M249 SAW

The M249 SAW is a light machine gun firing 5.56x45mm NATO rounds. It can either be belt-fed with 200Rnd. M249 Belt, or use traditional magazines 30Rnd. STANAG and 30Rnd. STANAG SD to take advantage of more commonly found ammo.

The M249's main advantage is that it shares the same stats as other 5.56 assault rifles, but carries a lot of ammo in a more compact package. Each box of 200Rnd. M249 Belt holds 200 rounds in two slots, compared to the 60 rounds that two 30Rnd. STANAG hold. It's immensely useful for killing zombies due to its large amount of ammo and relatively quiet shot volume.

It spawns in the northwest airfield barracks and helicopter crash sites, but both 30Rnd. STANAG and 200Rnd. M249 Belt can spawn in deer stands, making ammo fairly available.

By IonPixel on 2012/07/17 at 2:56pm

Pop, pop, pop, watchin' zombies drop, drop, drop.


By droidcommando on 2013/03/22 at 11:41am

if your like me and loot chopper crashes a lot, you'll find one of these. this is also perfect for looting chopper crashes when 10 zeds walk out (5 pilots and they still manage to crash0.0). with this you can just let fly and see the zeds drop.

By Philippe on 2012/12/03 at 3:11pm

LMGs really shine in DayZ because of how terrifying it is in this game to hear bullets flying your way. This means LMGs can really be used for support, which is what they were designed for. Provide a sustained cover fire with the 200 rounds magazine and chances are really high that it'll work and your ennemies will try to run away, unlike in other games.

There's also the fact that it's amazing at killing both players and zombies at good ranges.

Edited by Philippe on 2012/12/03
By ShAtTeR-DrEaMz on 2012/09/04 at 11:49am

This is the best gun in the game in my book...

By Dude on 2012/08/11 at 2:36pm

I just love it. Founded in crashed heli. I had already M16A2, so decision was hard. M16A2 is more accurate, but I have still in my Alice Pack Cz 550, so.... Not so noisy, nice damage. You can shot single bullet, but mostly it's burs of 3 or more.

I had Mk48 Mod 0 too. Of course Mk48 is more accurate and better damage. But with this SAW you can kill zombies in cities/villages (80m audiable range). This is big advantage for me!

SS here:

Edited by Dude on 2012/08/12
By Datkins11 on 2012/08/13 at 8:04am

This gun is amazing i found it at the second of three crashed helicopter me and my friends found while around the northwest airfield and stary sobor, the accuracy is amazing for a light machine gun and the fact you get 200 rounds in a belt and i have 4 of them i'm set for a while but for guarding my friends from zombies and other people it is brilliant. So i highly recommend this gun if you can find it.

Edited by Datkins11 on 2012/08/13
By Maxthe222 on 2013/07/28 at 7:18pm

People need to understand why to take this gun and why it's great. Who doesn't want to let out a big spray and wreck someone's truck? But this is what it is for. You don't use this for zombies, and you don't carry it around 24/7. You put it in a tent or car somewhere safe, and when the day comes that you find a heli and go Chopper crash hunting you bring it along for LARGE CROWD SUPPRESSION. This isn't for destroying every zombie in sight and levelling a bandit base, its a team gun. It's called a SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon).

Use it against large groups or huge zombie waves, not to poke around Cherno with.

By Dab on 2013/01/05 at 5:08pm

THE best general purpose gun in the game, period! Every other gun is inferior. The #1 factor that determines firepower of an infantry unit is ammo supply. More ammo = more firepower. The M249 is the gun for which you will find more ammunition than any other at military spawns. You can easily run around with a 1000 rounds without completely gimping your ability to carry other items.

It's quiet enough that it can be used like an M4, clearing zombies while looting without attracting too much attention. It's high fire rate and the fact that you'll never run out of ammo means you'll beat any M4 in close quarters battle. And who needs sniper weapons if you can go full auto at 500m and hit like a pro, hosing down entire squads? All while you have the option to use SD ammo to reduce your acoustic profile to players and zombies.

The only other gun that you could ever want is the M4A3 CCO because of the flashlight - and then, only if you operate at night and don't have NVGs.

By saito on 2012/11/08 at 2:47am

found three of these yesterday along with 12 ammo belts :P its time for a electro church zombie train massacre

By Basse on 2012/08/08 at 6:01pm

I found this one in the tents in Stary. I was very confused because I thought, it would only spawn in Barracks and crash sites.

By Vantage on 2012/07/28 at 8:49pm

This is a BEAST of a gun :) , Myself and a guy i was travelling with found one of these in someones tent, and boy can she spray. A big feature of this gun is its ability to use the 30 round STANAG mags, makes it much easier to keep this gun full of ammo.

By Fisher on 2012/07/07 at 9:27pm

This gun is fantastic. When you need, you can use it like assault rifle for its low recoil. Moderate power, 200 rounds, Good accuracy. What else do you need?

By RonaldoTheFaceStealingHitman on 2013/04/20 at 1:33pm

What I really hate with the m249 saw and other lgms is that they get rid of your back pack which is kind of frustrating when trying to carrie food/drink/ammo/medical loot ect.

By AOS824 on 2013/03/29 at 7:55am

yeaaaaaaaa im lovin this shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By V3nd3tt4 on 2013/03/27 at 6:42am

I Play with the M240 Saw on Celle it's a 1 hit on Zombie Wep and Very loud when you use 25% of the Mag you can kill more than 25 Zombies!

By Ascender on 2013/02/21 at 2:24am

While i can see the appeal in having 200 rounds in 2 inventory slots and 1 magazine which is very efficient for how much bang for your buck you get i had this gun for a bit and "tested" it shooting up zombies and i'm personally not a fan. While i appreciate it requires 2 shots to kill a zombie rather than one it's really awkward to use because unless you're lying down it's got a really nasty recoil and can't effectively be used in full-auto at any real range beyond point blank. While the first bullet leaves the barrel exactly where you want it the second one will go on into the distance and the subsequent onces aren't far off. Keep in mind especially that besides being a machinegun and thus inherently not very stealthy this gun also comes with a fair ammount of tracers which at night will give away your orientation and location instantly to anyone nearby.

Edited by Ascender on 2013/02/21
By xJaamz on 2013/01/04 at 10:07am

This gun is one of the best guns I have used. I found it at NWAF barracks, I killed so many zombies and a few players. I was so gutted when I died. Haven't seen the gun since, unfortunately.

By GRAssassin on 2012/09/19 at 1:38am

My fav weapon of all time

Edited by GRAssassin on 2012/09/19
By ivy on 2012/07/13 at 1:33am

It only has a Full Auto fire mode no semi automatic

By SatiX on 2012/07/11 at 1:32am

3555 dmg/per hit

By droidcommando on 2012/12/17 at 6:40am

some games teach me that spray n' pray tactic doesn't work because 1. it wastes too much ammo 2. its inaccurate at range and 3. Its very loud. But with this gun you can spray n' pray for any time you want as the clip is massive, the accuracy isn't too bad and this is really quiet, compared to the other machine guns

By SalvationOp on 2012/11/10 at 1:44am

Just found one of these north of the NW Airfield and the only one on the sever, also got a fal with optics with 4 mags went to elektro still the only one on the server hacker comes on kills me and takes all my gear my worst dayz life so far D:<

By Sock on 2012/09/12 at 9:12am

Fantastic gun, talk about versatility! 200 round belts, STANAG Mags, normal and SD. Fantastic. At short range for players aim at their crotch and let the kick do the rest :) Let me slap an M203 on there and my life will be complete!


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