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High damage, high rate of fire, high range belt-fed light machine gun. Incredibly effective at range.

It can only be found in crates dropped by the Bradly APC or the attack helicopter.


With a high fire rate of 800 rounds per minute, the M249 can quickly mow down enemies at a distance. It can be loaded with 100 or 200 rounds of 5.56 ammunition, making it a formidable weapon against both players and structures.

Despite its power, the M249 has some drawbacks. It has high recoil and can be difficult to control, especially during sustained fire. It is also a heavy weapon, making it difficult to move quickly while carrying it.

Attachment Compatibility

The M249 is compatible with the following attachments:

  • Muzzle:
    • Muzzle Brake
    • Silencer
    • Flash Hider
  • Sight:
    • Holosight
    • 8x Zoom Scope
    • Simple Handmade Sight
    • 16x Zoom Scope
    • 4x Zoom Scope
    • 2x Zoom Scope
    • Laser Sight


The M249 deals 30 damage per hit to players and has a durability of 200.

Interesting Facts

  • The M249 is based on the real-life FN M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon).
  • The M249 was added to Rust in the February 2018 update.
  • The M249 used to require a research table to craft, but it was changed to a crate-only drop in the April 2020 update.
  • The M249 is one of the most powerful and sought-after weapons in Rust, and it is often a key objective for players to obtain in order to gain an advantage in combat.