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Old 05-13-2011, 01:07 AM
 
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M249 SAW Paintball gun

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

When I first caught a glimpse of the M249 SAW Paintball gun I could not believe my eyes. Later when I heard the price, I couldn't believe my ears. The M249 SAW paintball gun sells for $2500, it was the most expensive paintball marker I had ever heard of.
The all metal M249 SAW paintball gun is manufactured by Real Action Paintball, Inc of Santa Clara, California. They manufacture and distribute paintball guns not just to players of the popular sport, but also to military and law enforcement agencies. The military and law enforcement customers use the paintball guns for training and Real Action Paintball must marker the M249 SAW to these groups.
This paintball gun is modeled after the real military M249 light machine gun, also known as a SAW, Squad Automatic Weapon. The real weapon uses 5.56mm ammo, the paintball version shoots .68 caliber paintballs (which is the standard size for recreational paintball games). The M249 is gas-operated portable paintball gun with a 200 round magazine. This paintball puts out a ton of paint. It will empty the 200 round magazine in the blink of an eye, if the shooter is not careful.
The accuracy of this paintball weapon is below that of standard markers. But because of the wave of paintballs it throws at the opponent, accuracy matters less.
Keeping in line with the real weapon this is modeled after, Real Action Paintball, Inc has designed it with three firing modes: 3 round bursts, semi-automatic and full-automatic. I found the it worked best with the three round bursts, although it was most fun on full auto. The gas-operated gun can use both C02 and compressed air.
Real Action Paintball, Inc makes a variety of different paintballs which can be used with this gun or other paintball guns, including rubber and clear. I was not able to try these other paintballs in the M249 SAW. It is listed as having a maximum range of three hundred feet but only effective to about one hundred and fifty feet. It also has an adjustable velocity of 300 to 350 psi.

Review by professional reviewer, Dec. 26, 2010
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