The M249 is a weapon from the heavy artillery collection featured exclusively in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It is a powerful, one shot kill gun and is slightly weaker than the Minigun. It is based on the real life M249 SAW and holds 100 rounds per magazine. It replaces the M60 from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to fit it's timeline. This weapon is featured on the mission "Farewell to Arms". Unlike the M60 from GTA Vice City and Liberty City Stories, the M249 has an unique firing and reloading animation and is no longer a straight copy from the assault rifle animation. The M249 is a weapon of choice for several rampages. The weapon returns in The Ballad of Gay Tony.
Ballad Of Gay Tony
The M249 in TBoGT is modeled after the Para variant and fires 200 rounds of standard ammunition. The weapon is placed in the Assault Rifle class; it has a high ammo capacity and extreme rate of fire, but is less accurate and has less stopping power than the Assault and Carbine Rifles. It is the first machine gun to be featured in the GTA IV era. It is first given to Luis in the mission "Going Deep" for Rodislav Bulgarin, and is available from Armando's gun van afterwards for 8250$.