The M249 is a heavy assault weapon featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (where replaces the M60 from GTA Vice City to better suit the game's chronology) and The Ballad of Gay Tony. It is based on the real life M249 SAW. It is a powerful, one shot kill gun, but is slightly less effective than the Minigun. It holds 100 rounds per magazine. This weapon is featured on the mission "Farewell to Arms". Unlike the M60 from GTA Vice City and GTA Liberty City Stories, the M249 has an unique firing and reloading animation, no longer copied from the assault rifle animation. In GTA Vice City, the M249 is a weapon of choice for several Rampages.
Ballad Of Gay Tony
The M249 in TBOGT (referred to as the Advanced MG) is the first machine gun to be featured in the GTA IV era. It is modeled after the Para variant, and fires 200 rounds of standard ammunition. Unlike in the GTA III Era, where the M249 would occupy the Heavy Weapons slot, the weapon is placed in the Assault Rifle class; it has a high ammo capacity and extreme rate of fire, but has less stopping power than the Assault and Carbine Rifles, and is less accurate due to the weapon being aimed from the hip instead of the shoulder, making headshots more difficult. The M249 in TBOGT is less powerful: whereas machine guns in GTA III Era can destroy vehicles in just a few rounds, the TBOGT rendition must fire for a sustained period. It is first given to Luis in the mission Going Deep for Rodislav Bulgarin.
GTA Vice City Stories
- At the InterGlobal Films studio in the first studio directly northwest of the entrance.
- Spawns at each safehouse after shooting all 99 red balloons.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
- Given to the player in Going Deep.
- Available from Armando's gun van after said mission for $7,550, plus $400 for each additional ammo belt.