TFBTV at SHOT Show 2016: Semi-Auto FN SAW M249S at the Range (With Bonus Full Auto M249 Footage)

FNH USA has announced a new semi-auto variant of the M249 series that will be available this fall.

James got to take the new semi-auto M249S for a spin at SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the range.

TFB writer Rusty S. previously broke this story as follows:

“This morning I headed over to the FNH USA booth at the NRA show to get some exciting details about the new M249S and FN15 military collector’s series. FN is planning on having the 1st 200 models of the M249S to be a “collector’s series”. Said models will ship in a hard case with a 200 round hard box magazine with links, FN15 magazine, and spare barrel, along with a certificate. Standard production models will ship with the 200 round box and links. The expected MSRP will be between $7,000-$7,500 for the standard production models. Not too bad for a belt-fed! They were able to keep the cost low due to the fact that it uses so many original SAW components that they already have in production. Pricing TBD on the collector’s series. The guns will take all original accessories for the M249, including stocks, forends, etc. The model itself looks outwardly like the M249 PIP version, with the fixed plastic stock andhandguard on top of the barrel. It will weigh roughly 17 lbs. The model on display was the one fired in their promotional video. With a 4.5-6lb trigger, I’m sure one could get this thing to run pretty fast! ”



James Reeves

James Reeves is a licensed and practicing concealed weapons instructor, the winner of Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, a graduate of Front Sight, the Shooter Performance Institute, and Tier 1 Group, and is an Appleseed-qualified Rifleman. James previously owned and operated a gun shop in Tallahassee, FL and worked as a regional sales representative for distributor/importer, Interstate Arms Company. He is a coverage litigation attorney by day. James likes traveling with his wife, boating, America, photography, guns, gear he doesn’t really need, cold beer, and a little exercise here and there (James is also GORUCK Tough). Above all, James enjoys creating content for TFBTV. Follow James on Twitter @jjreeves.


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  • JumpIf NotZero

    $8000 😀 Too funny, esp compared to shooting the real deal at the end of the video.

    • cs

      Wikipedia says the Unit cost to the Military is half that.

      Manufacturer Fabrique Nationale de Herstal

      Unit cost US$4,087[2]

  • Bill

    The firearms equivalent of a pre-op transsexual, not that I’d know anything about that, or that there’s anything wrong with it, but sure, let me spend megabucks on something that looks good but doesn’t function like it looks.

    • TreeHugR

      I literally laughed out loud at this comment… On the toilet… In a public restroom.

  • Gobletfilledgrotto

    I suspect FN already knows people won’t buy this at 8000 dollary-doo’s hence why their only making 200 of them “collectors” versions, so it’s not going to be a financial flop if that’s what people are thinking, just a regular flop.

  • gunsandrockets

    Looks like fire from a closed bolt. Of course it would have to be to meet ATF regulations I suppose.

    I wonder if this S model works any better than the FA model did with an AR magazine.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Presumably so since STANAGs had trouble feeding the weapon at it’s high RPM.

  • Robert Powell

    Listening to people talk in the background, did anyone else hear the words .300 blk and scar in the same sentence? I heard it, but maybe only because I wanted to hear it!

  • OCD_Weaponry

    Every time I see an m249 I can’t help but think why the US military went with such a heavy piece of junk m249 and turned their noses up at a beautifully engineered weapon such as the stoner 63. Like the SEALS used in Vietnam. Seriously, what the hell were they thinking.

  • Madcap_Magician

    So all of the weight and size of an M249, quadruple or more the cost, and none of the actual functionality- the one thing a SAW does that makes lugging the little bastard around worthwhile?

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      Unit cost for an M249 is about $4100. This is not quite twice that and nowhere near “quadruple the cost”.

      • Madcap_Magician

        Understand that doesn’t actually change the point, though.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          You know that some people have money, and like to collect nice things? Especially things that are unattainable for most people?

          This fills a niche. You are clearly not the intended market for this gun, but it will sell, and it will sell moderately well (as well as $8000 guns sell). And they’ll probably discontinue it after just a few years, which will make its value increase even further, making it also a good investment gun.

          • Madcap_Magician

            … that’s all well and good, but it is STILL the weight and size of an M249, substantially more expensive than an actual M249, and does not possess the key attribute of an actual SAW that makes carrying the weapon useful.

            If you or anyone else want to buy it as an investment, because it’s limited availability or just because you think it’s nice, that’s fine. But none of that is relevant to what I said.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I just want to know when they’ll sell a .300BLK barrel for it.

  • Ben Pottinger

    This needs one of those Binary Triggers. Or better yet it just needs the GOA to successfully win their suit against the government over the 1986 amendment so we can just buy the FA version (for cheaper no less!)

  • Mike11C

    A semi automatic SAW? That’s like having sex without a orgasm. LAME!