Want an M249 of your very own? No problem.

Want an M249 of your very own? No problem.

While some of us would have liked to see FN America make a dramatic entry into the civilian market sooner, they sure are serious about it now.

In the way too cool for school department are a number of brand new goodies from FNH USA. I stopped by their booth to get a first-hand look and some touchy-feely with some of the near guns. As the show was winding down, I somehow managed to talk the FN America folks into taking these beauties out of the cases so I could fondle handle them and get some better photos. Needless to say, they watched me like a hawk as there are only two of the M249S rifle / machine guns in existence at this time. Yes, I was tempted to make a run for it. My FN contact was wearing high heels, so I figured she’d never catch me. Cooler and more legal thoughts prevailed, and I just looked.

The FN M249S feeds from a belt or magazine - your choice.

The FN M249S feeds from a belt or magazine – your choice.

First up on the awesome list is the mil-spec FN M249S™, a semi-automatic version of the U.S. Military’s M249 SAW light machine gun. Yes, you can have your own. Since it’s a semi-automatic, you can actually afford to shoot it as you won’t have that temptation of mashing the trigger down until the belt is empty. Yes, this is a belt-fed, bipod-equipped hunk of badassery. The only (significant) difference from the military version is that it fires one shot with each press of the trigger.

The FN M249S, a semi-automatic version of the M249 SAW light machine gun, is certain to be a hit with serious military gear collectors. It’s modeled after the FN Herstal as the FN MINIMI® adopted by the U.S. Military in 1988. By the way, Minimi is a fancy French term meaning Mini Mitrailleuse, or mini machine gun, not a small bald guy.

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