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The M249 Light Machine Gun, formerly designated as the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, is the US-produced version of the Belgian-made FN Minimi. The M249 is a light machine gun manufactured by FN Herstal that chambers the 5.56x45mm NATO round.

There are two other variants of the M249 in the Rainbow Six universe;

  • The M249 SPW, full name Special Purpose Weapon, is a variant designed to meet USSOCOM special forces requirements, sacrificing the barrel changing handle, magazine insertion well and vehicle mounting lug, while adding a Picatinny rail on the bottom, a detachable bipod and a lightweight barrel that is longer than an M249 Paratrooper's.
  • The M249 Paratrooper is a compact version of the M249 with a shorter barrel and sliding aluminum buttstock based on that of the Minimi Para, so-called because of its intended use by airborne troops. It is much shorter and considerably lighter than the regular M249 at 893 mm (35 in) long and 7.1 kg (16 lb) in weight.

The M249, M249 SPW and M249 Paratrooper are categorized as light machine guns in the Rainbow Six universe.

Rogue Spear

The 5.56mm M249 LMG is a light machine gun featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear.

The 5.56mm M249 LMG is a light machine gun firing the 5.56x45mm round. It is the standard US Army squad support weapon. This gun comes with a 200 round box magazine, and fires only in fully automatic mode. It packs tremendous firepower, but is only accurate from a crouched stationary position. Used this way, it is an effective covering weapon.


Raven Shield

The M249 is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield.


Rainbow Six 3 (Console)

The M249 SAW is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 (Console).


Black Arrow

"Belgian manufacturer, FN, produces this light machine gun in standard 5.56x45mm caliber. It is the standard issue light machine gun of the United States Army. The SAW can only be fired in fully automatic mode."
— In-game Description

The M249 SAW is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow. It is equipped with an ACOG Sight be default.


Lockdown

"This air-cooled, gas operated, belt fed, automatic only weapon is used by military forces around the world and is equipped with a vertical foregrip and a retractable buttstock. The M249SPW does not support attachments."
— In-game description

The M249SPW is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown.

In the PC version of the game, the M249SPW is used by the Global Liberation Front in the mission Castle.

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Critical Hour

The M249SPW is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Critical Hour.


Vegas

The M249 SPW is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas. The weapon also appears in a turret configuration, alongside its standalone configuration. The M249 SPW is the standard weapon of Kan Akahashi.

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Vegas 2

The M249 SPW is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2. Since Vegas 1 and 2 share the same engine and models, the weapon appears in the same turret configuration as its counterpart in the previous installment.

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Shadow Vanguard

"A 5.56 mm belt-fed light machine gun that can fire as rapidly as a machine gun and with as much accuracy and mobility as a rifle. With a sustained rate of fire of about 850 rounds per minute, it's no wonder the U.S. has used it in major conflicts for the past 22 years."
— In-game Description

The M249, designated in-game as simply the Light Machine Gun, is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard.

Siege

Main article: M249/Siege

"Iconic LMG, accurate in medium range with high ammo capacity and efficient suppressive fire."
— In-game description

The M249 (or M249 SAW) is a light machine gun featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, introduced in the Operation Skull Rain expansion. It is available for use by the Attack Recruits, Capitão, and Gridlock.


Trivia

  • In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown, the M249SPW is equipped with a cosmetic foregrip and heat shield by default.
  • In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas and its sequel, the M249 SPW has an E2-style butt-stock. However, the weapon select screen shows a Para-type collapsible stock.
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