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Paratrooper Version of the Semi-Auto SAW? FN’s Exciting New M249S Para

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The new M249S Para from FN offers shooters a semi-auto version of a classic military firearm.

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Building on the popularity of the already released M249S semi-automatic version of the SAW light machine gun, FN is releasing the M249S Para (or Paratrooper) model. Originally developed for airborne troops in its original form, the Para is fourth addition to the company’s Military Collector Series of semi-automatic versions of classic military firearms.

According to John Keppeler, senior vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, LLC, “You’ll notice only two major differences between the semi- and full-auto versions (of the M249S Para) – the barrel length and reconfigured internal components to change the rifle’s operation from open-bolt to closed-bolt. Authenticity was critical in this series and we changed as little as possible.”

According to a press release on the Para, the rifle features a machine gun-grade, 16.1-inch, cold hammer-forged barrel, closed bolt for semi-automatic only operation, classic M249 flip-up feed tray, integrated steel bipod, robust gas-piston system, and the iconic telescoping and rotating buttstock, making it lighter and more compact. Rifles will be available in either black or Flat Dark Earth (FDE).

The Para in black!

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  • WStimple January 14, 2017, 2:26 pm

    It’s a really beautiful weapon..but unrealistic..As a former para and Infantryman, humping that beauty with ammo is truly an infantryman’s nightmare unless you are firing it from a fixed position..It gets an A+ for firepower but a D- for mobility..and it definitely won’t work for me..It’s pretty exciting if you’re Arnold though and you’re getting ready to make Commando II…

  • Tarheel Realist January 13, 2017, 5:17 am

    I’d be curious to know how many of these Sticks need to be sold in order for FN to recoup the cost (labor, materials, shipping, etc…) of building them. Seems an exorbitant price to pay for a semi-auto.

  • Pat J January 7, 2017, 2:05 pm

    It sure is a pretty thing, especially the black one. But I have that caliber covered well. So, will keep the 9K in other metals.

    • Rob January 7, 2017, 11:40 pm

      Hey guy, FNH is just giving you a chance to own a piece of US History…not an overprized semi auto rifle. Although this version is watered down for civilian use but who gives a flip? It’s nostalgia for those who appreciates it place in US history and/or for that guy who had to hump this uncomfortable Machine Gun for many…many… many kilometers with an 800+ round combat load in austere conditions. Sure, you can find other weapons that can do the same thing in a civilian capacity for half the price but this is NOT the intent here.

  • Jay January 7, 2017, 8:11 am

    Seems that ever since FN won the military contracts the prices have gone completely and utterly ridiculous! Like someone has already said, “A fool and his money are soon departed” 8-10k for 25 buks worth of metal shaped into a firearm, Not this guy!

  • Damon January 7, 2017, 1:17 am

    17 lbs. dry. $9K. I aspire to be the target demographic of this product.

  • Sivispace January 7, 2017, 12:38 am

    If it were a 240 Bravo with an Echo Trigger and $2,000 perhaps.

  • Batman January 6, 2017, 7:29 pm

    I remember when Rock Island Armory offered a semi-automatic version of the M-60 back in the early 90s for around $3K, I should have bought one then (Drats).

  • Vepr January 6, 2017, 5:56 pm

    Its a little big for a 223 lol and yes barrel still too short yet its big ? and wit 8 – 10 k – not !!!!!!!

  • Javier Colon January 6, 2017, 4:51 pm

    $9000 for as semi-auto 17 pounds belt fed 5.56 rifle…..No thanks.

  • Jerry kasha January 6, 2017, 2:50 pm

    If it came in 762 _51it might be acceptable at half that price ! The fn battle rifle has had some reviews from the German troops on malfunctions.

  • Chris January 6, 2017, 2:21 pm

    It’d be more exciting if it was not so unrealistically priced. Darn hard to get excited about something you don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever owning. If I had the $9k I’d get my dream gun – an original German Mp40 for about the same money.

  • mike January 6, 2017, 1:23 pm

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa——8 to 10 Gs? HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!! A FOOL and his MONEY are soon PARTED!!

  • topol January 6, 2017, 12:59 pm

    So why is FN so enthusiastic about this monstrosity while we have yet to hear anything more about the phantom known as CSR-20?

  • James January 6, 2017, 11:43 am

    Well , that’s a Damn cool weapon , If you like it buy it , one mans food is the other mans poison, me I would spend few bucks more an get a Full Auto Machine Gun , who every buys one have fun . James , USMC

  • Mblack January 6, 2017, 11:37 am

    I think it’s awesome. If I had the money, I’d get one for the safe. Hope they sell well.

  • the grumpus January 6, 2017, 10:01 am

    And I am using this for????????

    • Jimbo January 10, 2017, 12:45 pm

      Shooooooting

  • joe January 6, 2017, 9:57 am

    Will they sell the real ones if the Hughes amendment is repealed?

  • viktor knapp January 6, 2017, 9:45 am

    Anybody who buys a $2000 gun for $9000 is an idiot, or the military, witch is the same thing.

  • David Hale January 6, 2017, 9:45 am

    Add this to the list of cool guns I’d like to have, but will not buy. For that kind of money, I think I’d opt for the 50 BMG that I don’t need either, but would love to own and play with.

  • Brad M January 6, 2017, 9:23 am

    They look cool, but $9k is a lot to pay for “cool”. I will stick with my magazine fed semi auto or if I really feel the need for “cool”, I may try the Ares kit for a belt fed rifle, that I can still use magazines in. Just my two cents.

  • John January 6, 2017, 9:14 am

    So, if you get one of these, you should ask your wife for parachute lessons? I’d like to see the look on the parachute instructor’s face when you show up with this.

  • Baboo January 6, 2017, 8:23 am

    A 17 lb. paratrooper? Is that with or without ammo? No thanks.

  • Eric Saxe January 6, 2017, 8:01 am

    @Rich:
    Answer is in the article…
    According to John Keppeler, senior vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, LLC, “You’ll notice only two major differences between the semi- and full-auto versions (of the M249S Para) – the barrel length and reconfigured internal components to change the rifle’s operation from open-bolt to closed-bolt. Authenticity was critical in this series and we changed as little as possible.”

  • James January 6, 2017, 7:53 am

    Wow anther zombie apocalypse weapon.
    Seriously? Must be running out of new ways to tweak an old product.

  • Marcelino January 6, 2017, 7:52 am

    That hand handle sure looks like the M-60 version.

  • Infidel7.62 January 6, 2017, 7:28 am

    “Building on the popularity” How popular can these ridicously overpriced guns be

  • Rich January 6, 2017, 5:27 am

    For the uninformed (like me), what differentiates the Para model from the standard M249?

    • Dr Motown January 6, 2017, 7:01 am

      The stock is non-collapsible on the standard model, and I believe the barrel length is 18″ rather than 16.1″. All intended to make it more compact for jumping, of course

    • robert January 6, 2017, 7:49 am

      The Butt stock is different and the barrel is shorter. The overall function of the weapon is the same. I carried the original for 4 years, and jumped with it over 30 times. Aco 3/505 82nd Airborne

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