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!
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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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.
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.
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!