The M249 SAW was one of the items available at the official launch of Torn on 15 November 2004, having been introduced during the Torn City Beta.
The M249 SAW has a base fire rate between 15 to 25 rounds per turn and can fire 100 rounds without reloading. It has a stealth rating of 2.0. The M249 SAW is the cheapest Machine Gun weapon in the game, and is also the most accurate Machine Gun after its accuracy buff in the Damage Revamp (2021) update.
The M249 SAW and Minigun are the only two Machine Gun weapons that do not cost billions of dollars. As a result, both are often utilized to get the 1,000 Machine Gun finishing hits for the War Machine honor.
As the M249 SAW has a relatively low fire rate for a Machine Gun weapon, it is not usually used as a way to boost players' "rounds fired" statistic.
The M249 SAW was referred to as the "M249 PARA LMG" prior to the 2021 Damage Revamp update. It was renamed alongside the Type 98 Anti-Tank, and given a 10 point boost to accuracy. The M249 SAW was the only weapon to have its accuracy changed in the update.
The M249 SAW was the only Machine Gun in the game until the Snow Cannon's classification was changed from Heavy Artillery to Machine Gun in 2017.
In the old Ammo system prior to the Attacking 2.0 update, ammo for the M249 SAW costed $1,000 per clip. The icon for the ammo was a large rifle cartridge.
Before the introduction of Travel, the M249 SAW was available for purchase at Big Al's Gun Shop.
|M249 SAW Image History|
|2007 or earlier to July 2012|
|July 2012  to 19 October 2021|
|19 October 2021  to present|