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The Classic Army M249 Mark II is the quintessential combat light machine gun. Built after the early failures of the original M249, a product improvement plan (PIP) was quickly put in place to make several ergonomic adjustments and to replace poorly functioning items, such as the non-hydraulic buffer and the difficult front sight. From this, the M249 Mark II came into existence. Since then, the M249 has distinguished itself in combat and as a reliable friend to those who depend on it. Weighing just north of 15 pounds, it can either feed from a box magazine of belted 5.56mm ammunition, or from a STANAG magazine port on the side of the gun for emergency loading of AR-15 magazines (Though unlike the airsoft version, this is not advised for actual M249 SAWs.

Classic Army’s take on the M249 Mark II is the standard to beat. With 8mm bushings, it’s built to take the automatic only nature of the M249. If you’re looking for something to complete a traditional infanteer’s load, the M249 Mark II cannot be beat. Please be aware that the M249 Mark II comes without a box magazine, and this must be purchased separately.

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Classic Army Mark 46 SPW – AEG

Posted in on 18 Dec 2015 by

The Mark 46 Mod 0 is a variant of the M249 Special Purpose Weapon (SPW), as adopted by the USSOCOM group. With the M249 SPW, several components were deleted in an effort to improve weight and handling. The carrying handle, magazine well, and vehicle mounting lug were removed. Rails were added to the feed cover and the forearm to allow the mounting of accessories such as designators, lights, and switches. Lastly, the barrel was shortened to improve handling and reliability.

The Classic Army Mark 46 SPW is a hybrid of the M249 SPW, and the Mark 46 Mod 0. It retains the magazine loading port of the original M249 for airsofters who use the port with AR-15 magazines. Unlike the Mark 46, it uses a standard M4 carbine stock mounted on a buffer tube for ease of adjustability and durability.

The Classic Army Mark 46 combines the best of the M249 SAW with the best of airsoft design. Its durable gearbox uses 8mm steel bushings for reliability under fire. Of note is that while this gun comes new in box, per Classic Army’s new products, it does not include a box magazine. This will have to be purchased separately if you are not using the M249’s STANAG magazine well.

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