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The M249 is a light machine gun that appears in Modern Combat: Sandstorm and Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus in Campaign and Multiplayer modes. The M249 is a relatively uncommon weapon, being used by both allies and enemies across both games. The M249 was replaced by the Shred-4 in Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation.

Modern Combat: Sandstorm Edit

TypeLight Machine Gun
Starting ammo200
Reloading5 seconds
Fire modeAutomatic
ClassHeavy Gunner

Campaign Edit

In Modern Combat: Sandstorm, the M249 is a very uncommon weapon, used only a few times by the player, and never by enemies.

The M249 is suited for a slow, methodical style of play. Low movement speed, high ammo counts,, high rate of fire, high damage and decent accuracy mean the player is capable of slowly sweeping a level and rooting out enemies. The rear sights move back and forth to simulate recoil, but there is no actual recoil that needs to be compensated for. Because of these traits, the M249 is a fantastic weapon for the single-player campaign.

Multiplayer Edit

The M249 is available by selecting the Heavy Gunner class in Multiplayer. The weapon performs the same as it does in the campaign, and as such is less common online due to the massive reduction in movement abilities. A common tactic is to simply camp an area and essentially act like a Turret, denying the enemy an area with the sheer volume of fire they can lay down. The M249 is generally ignored in favor of weapons that allow a faster play style.

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Modern Combat 2: Black PegasusEdit

TypeLight Machine Gun
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Rate of fire1000 RPM[1]
Max. ammo450 rounds
Reloading5 seconds
Fire modeAutomatic
UnlockedRank 6

The M249 returns in Modern Combat 2, sporting updated visuals, with a carrying handle and a rail mount on top, forward of the rear sight apperatus. The gun features a new firing sound, a slightly faster firing speed and more accuracy in comparison to its previous incarnation.


The M249 is uncommon in the campaign, with few enemy forces using the gun, and friendly forces never seen using it. It can be found by the player many times in the campaign, and is awarded to the player as a starting weapon in the mission To the Summit.


The M249 is uncommon online, usually seen in the hands of newer players. Also, many players prefer the M249 on smaller maps such as Facility due to the lack of a need for high movement speeds.

The M249 features a high rate of fire, good accuracy, medium recoil and low movement speed. The mobility rating of the M249 is the lowest in the game, and even affects the player's aiming speed. The accuracy of the gun is fairly good, and the power is very good, killing in only 2-3 shots, and combined with the high rate of fire, the M249 is one of the fastest killing automatic weapons in the entire series up close. Its recoil is fairly mild, and with its large box magazine and decent accuracy, the M249 fufils an Overwatch-type role well, and can be used to good effect in a high-traffic area, such as the middle of the Jungle map. The reload time is where the M249 stumples, however. players should keep an eye on their ammo count, as it is very easy to be overwhelmed in the middle of the long reload.

Trivia Edit

  • The world model of the M249 appears to be heavily incomplete, as its stock and barrel are missing.
  • Both the M249 and MAC11 in Black Pegasus shoot two bullets when the fire button is tapped.


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  1. MC2 in-game help screen
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