Belt-Fed BLISS – MAC Plays with M249S Semi-Auto SAW

The much-hyped M249S (S for “Semi-Automatic”) is finally starting to make it out to the wild after being the showpiece for many a tradeshow. One of the first to get one in their hands is Copper Customs, Military Arms Channel’s sister company, which means that a YouTube video was inevitable.

While very similar to its fully-automatic progenitor, the M249S is fairly different. First and foremost, it fires from a closed bolt, using an interesting striker assembly. This leads to some different disassembly requirements including the need to keep the bolt to the rear if “hot swapping” a barrel–which really should not be needed as the weapon is semi-only.

The weapon includes about 200 links and a plastic drum, which is easily loaded by hand. No linker is needed (but may speed up the loading process). The top cover features a picatinny rail and the weapon has standard iron sights.

The M249S stock does look identical to the standard version, meaning M4 compatible buffer tubes and adjustable stocks will soon be common. This also means that the various bump-fire stock manufacturers will also not have to completely reverse engineer a solution.

Thus, true bump-saws are only a matter of time. And for that, I am thankful.

Those interested in picking one up themselves will need to find about $8,000.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Joseph Goins

    Can this site please go away from BuzzFeed type headings? It gets annoying.

    • PK

      If it gets more views, even if it bugs some of us… well, if it works, it works. I know it bothers me, but what can you do? They’ve got to make money, same as the rest of us. All we can do is offer our opinion on the matter.

      • Joseph Goins

        Search engine optimization does not factor in randomly capitalized words. They stand to gain nothing from using them.

        • PK

          Not what I had in mind – for better or worse, and I know which way I lean on this, it catches the eye.

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      Suggest going to reading the site through a feed reader like Feedly. Yeah, you still see the headlines, but it makes it quicker to skim through them and click on those you want to see rather than seeing the article snippets.

      They’re not that bad really- the real titles are still in the title, you just have to read past the dash.

      • Billy Jack

        But how are you logging in? I can’t use Disqus via Facebag in a mobile browser at all. No login ability.

  • PK

    I genuinely want to be excited about this. I hope it encourages more big name manufacturers to offer more military guns to civilians.

    I just can’t get overly excited about this one in particular, but I do hope the sales are good.

    • Nicholas C

      I want one but the price is steep.

      • PK

        About twice the cost of military procurement for the real deal, package set compared to the semi-auto deluxe set. Part of that can be explained away by the novelty and (so far) small production run, I’m hoping R&D doesn’t explain the other half. Perhaps demand is a lot higher than I think?

    • Ditto. I’d love a belt fed, even in semi auto. But at $8K I just can’t justify that. Something in the $4K might be palatable.

  • Rnasser Rnasser

    What’s the point of this gun?

    • Austin

      Collections, fun and possibly hog control

    • Rock or Something


  • thedonn007

    There is no way that I woulf pay $8,000 for this rifle. Heck, I would not even pay $1,000 for this rifle. I am glad that MAC is happy with his purchase though.

    • Division Charlemange

      To be fair the (allegedly not that great) beltfed AR-15 uppers are pretty damn pricey too.

  • lowell houser

    Without a slidefire stock this gun has absolutely no point. A semi-auto RPK can at least be used as intended with one of those.

    • Porty1119

      I really, really want an RPK. I missed out due to being in high school when AK-platform rifles were still affordable.

    • DW

      Get a 23″vepr, convert to 922r compliant and feed to doublestack mag, and you have yourself something very close.

  • jeremy

    I love how he lets a LMG “cool down” because it gets too hot. LOLOL I think it can handle anything your semi trigger can throw at it.

  • RealitiCzech

    Miculek shot so fast he outran the trigger on his.

  • Badwolf

    “…it’s belt fed and it’s frickin’ awesome holy cow…” sums it up

  • datimes

    Barack and Hillary would consider taking this weapon from you and calling it “common sense”.

  • Joseph Anthony

    I had a semi-pkm and sold it before the price jump. Honestly a semi-249 is no interest to me. M-240/M-60 or even a semi HK-21. If you want cheaper go with a M-1919.

  • Mike11C

    It looks like 18.5 pounds of wasted metal to me. “Belt-fed” and “Semi-auto” should NEVER go together.

  • Actionable Mango

    Is anyone making an IWB holster for concealed carry yet?