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M249 SAW (1:1)
Check out the video below to see the gunís working functions!
About this creation
I wish to dedicate my SAW to Chris K., one of my fellow MOCpagers who inspired me to finish this project after I had set it aside for more than a year. I really appreciate all the feedback youíve given me in the last couple of years, Chris, and Iím sorry for the long wait on the machine gun! (Hopefully this one has been worth it.) ~Cole



A modified derivative of the Belgian FN Minimi, the American M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) is a reliable light machine gun that was designed to make the best use of the 5.56mm NATO round. Belt fed, the real-life SAW fires at a cyclic rate of ~750 rpm and has been in production since 1992.





Back in mid-2012, about the time that I finished my M1917 revolver, I came up with a new ammo-belt design that I had never seen before which used the standard Technic link-treads. Looking for a machine gun I could build that would use this new ammo belt, I originally tried building a Browning M1917 on a tripod, but I was unable to keep the large barrel-shroud from significantly drooping under the weight. I then decided to build the SAW due to its sharp lines, bipod, and large underhanging ammo box which would make the project more interesting.





After I constructed the barrel, heat shield, foregrip, and part of the receiver, I set the project aside for a while; I had lost most of my interest in building guns (not being able to share them at local conventions anymore) and wanted to try my hand at other things. It was at this time that I built the dagger Sting and was blogged on TBB for the first time, encouraging me to continue experimenting with other subject matter.





A year quickly passed, and I came back to the dusty SAW components sitting on my shelf and decided that if I were to still finish the gun, I would need to pack more features in it so that it would stand out more from my other guns and be worth the effort. I wasnít going to try making the gun actually shoot anything, but I thought that perhaps I could try fitting a motor-driven, ďmachine gun-soundingĒ tapping mechanism inside and maybe get the belt to agitate, simulating its being fed into the gun.





The completed model is 41Ē long and weighs 4.1 lbs (without the ammo box and belt), making it my heaviest weapon replica to date. The model can actually hold and support the 1.5 lb. ammo box hanging beneath it, though itís unwise to swing the gun around or put any additional stress on this connection point. The bipod, which is just for looks when the ammo box is attached, can actually (barely) support the gun by itself and can fold up underneath the forward handgrip for storage like the real one. The gunstock is equipped with a foldout wire extension for increased shoulder support.



Need ammo but donít have the standard belt? The SAW accepts the M16-type box magazine for emergency situations.





Thanks for looking, and let me know what you think!



Comments

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  March 6, 2014
ummm... WOW, nice job. That looks like the sorta thing you would get shot with if you started walking down the street with! Take it as a compliment
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  February 15, 2014
Wow! Just awesome...the shear size of this monster has always baffled me, you have truly succeeded in re-making this classic lmg....great job man! (And I think you really showed some sport dedicating the m.o.c. To Chris....and again, amazing job! Keep up the sick work!)
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  February 14, 2014
i still cant figure out how this mech works.... anyways could you check out my TAR-21?
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  February 13, 2014
That is some spectacular detail.
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  February 3, 2014
There are no words to say how amazing this is... The belt, the sights, the stock, just the whole gun, all indescribably awesome and real.
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  February 2, 2014
I am looking at this again and geeze that back iron sight looks incredible! everything about this is perfect, looks so realistic. could you tell me what you think on my vector?
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  February 2, 2014
amazing texture and overall shaping looks very realistic, Creative job on the mechanism. love it, Keep up the amazing work!
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  February 1, 2014
Awesome work! I love the FN Minimi/ SAW
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  February 1, 2014
Quoting silly productions totally worth the wait, one of my favorite guns if not my favorite. so much detail and the belt feed is sick! how does the bipod work? looks like it wouldn't support the weight?
Thanks for the comment! The bipod is indeed too weak to hold the gun just by itself, but it buckles to the point where it, the bottom of the pistol grip, and the tip of the stock are all touching the ground, at which point it can actually hold the weight alright.
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  February 1, 2014
I didn't look at the video, yet I am still blown away! This is simply amazing!
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  February 1, 2014
totally worth the wait, one of my favorite guns if not my favorite. so much detail and the belt feed is sick! how does the bipod work? looks like it wouldn't support the weight?
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  February 1, 2014
Amazing work! Simply stunning!
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  February 1, 2014
Pretty awesome. It almost looks real.
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  February 1, 2014
Simply amazing. Each and every piece of this model is killer. So good!
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  February 1, 2014
Wow! This is amazing...
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  February 1, 2014
this gun is not a bricks made.. its just a real gun !!!!! ^.^
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  February 1, 2014
Wow! At first I thought it was the real deal! This is hands down the best lego machine guns I've ever seen ! I love the firing mechanism and the ammo belt. Love the bipod . This is just amazing! Positively brilliant.
  February 1, 2014
WOW! This is just simply amazing. There is more detail than I could possible imagine! This may just be one of my favourite Lego guns I have ever seen (surpasses anything I have built by a long shot). I knew you had talent, but this is magnificent! I'm not entirely sure how you made the motorized mechanism, but I think you should just keep that to yourself. Thank you so much for finishing this, I would have been saddened if you gave up on it. It was definitely worth the wait!
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  February 1, 2014
Best ammo belt I've ever seen.
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  February 1, 2014
WOW, for one of the first times i thought; why would somebody post a picture of a real gun on MOCpages? but than i saw you made it and i thought; oh, its just Cole ;)
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  February 1, 2014
Wow! The belt is fantastic, looks better than the original.
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  February 1, 2014
I had to watch the video before I knew it was really made out of Legos because on the pictures it looks just like the real thing. Just spectacular. Great job!
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  February 1, 2014
Wow...(Speechless!)
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  February 1, 2014
One of the most impressive Lego weapons I've ever seen. The addition of the machine gun noise and twitching belt is phenomenal. Superb work.
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  February 1, 2014
All I can say is WOW! This is so real looking and truly functional. Very impressive and much respect! 5/5 absolute.
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  February 1, 2014
Simply beautiful, great to have you back!
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  February 1, 2014
Sweet functions! Very cool :D
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  February 1, 2014
A very nice representation of the real firearm! Well done! --John
 
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