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"A strong open-area LMG, the M249 is the perfect choice for players willing to trade a slow fire rate for increased accuracy and a high ammo capacity."
―Official description

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Alternate name(s)



$5200 in CS:GO


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5.56 caliber

Magazine capacity


Firing mode(s)


Rate of fire
  • 750 RPM in CS:S and CS:GO
  • 600 RPM in CS and CZ
Weight (loaded)

6 kilograms

Projectile weight

4 grams

Muzzle velocity

3000 feet/second

Muzzle energy

1600 joules

Used by
  • Counter-Terrorists
  • Terrorists
Reload time

5 seconds

Movement speed (units per second)

220 in CS, CZ and CS:S

195 in CS:GO

The FN Minimi, commonly referred to as the M249, is a machine gun featured in all the Counter-Strike series.


The M249 is one of the two machine guns in the multiplayer Counter-Strike games. It is available to both teams. Some players may prefer the M249 in public matches but the m249 is rarely used in competitive play due to its very high cost ($5750) for the weapon itself and its ammunition (in the older games). Currently in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the M249 is cheaper at $5200 instead of $5750; the old price tag of $5750 is taken over to the Negev's (The other machine gun) price. The M249 is also usable in Deleted Scenes, but only in Building Recon.


CS and CZ damage values

Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 127 95
Chest & Arm 43 29
Stomach 39 23
Leg 23 23
Red signifies a fatal hit.

CS:S damage values


Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 139 111
Chest & Arm 34 27
Stomach 43 34
Leg 26 26
Red signifies a fatal hit.

CS:GO damage values


Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 127 102
Chest & Arm 31 25
Stomach 39 31
Leg 23 23
Red signifies a fatal hit.

The M249 is a heavyweight weapon. While wielded, the player's movement speed is 220 units per second (default speed is 250), meaning they suffer heavy speed reduction.


  • It has the second largest magazine capacity out of all weapons in CS:GO. (In older games, no other weapon has a larger magzine size than the M249.)
  • One of the largest ammo capacity out of all the weapons (200)
  • Useful for fighting groups of opponents
  • Great for wall-banging
  • Fairly high damage per bullet in CS:S and CS:GO
  • Able to shoot underwater
  • In Counter-Strike: Source and CS:GO, the M249 can kill a helmet wearing player with a single headshot


  • In all the other CS games before CS:GO, it is the most expensive weapon; ammo is also expensive (equivalent of the price of seven to ten 5.56 mm magazines)
  • High recoil compared to other fully automatic weapons
  • If fired for too long, this machine gun can become inaccurate at almost any range.
  • Does not share 5.56 ammo from other weapons, ammo must be purchased in the Buy zone or by picking up another M249. However, in CS:GO, the player can pick up aNegev and then pick again the M249 up to get ammo.
  • Has one of the longest reload times.
  • Low movement speed when equipped, especially in Global Offensive.
  • If fired for too long, the user will be disorientated by recoil.
  • Low rate of fire (prior to Counter-Strike: Source).



  • Spray at full auto and strafe when you encounter enemies at close range.
  • Its possibly to aim somewhat accurately while on full auto; the bullets will generally go upwards and to the right, making it possible to hit targets at long range by adjusting the crosshairs.
  • Use this weapon to distract the enemy or to provide your teammates with suppressive fire.
  • Contrary to popular belief, this weapon can be effective in long ranges. Burst firing is the most effective tactic at long ranges.
    • It is preferable to shoot 2-4 shots in bursts although It is possible to fire single shots as well. Moreover, firing the first shot is very accurate so many players will use this to their advantage and can score a headshot at medium ranges.
    • Try to train yourself to not get "jumpy" when enemies appear because you will most likely end up "spraying and praying". If this happens. inaccuracy can cause your demise.
  • This weapon may not be the best choice for a combat-minded player, instead being more useful to draw fire from teammates or defend important spots.
  • The M249 will completely shred thin enemy cover. Use it to draw out hiding enemies.
  • Switch to your pistol or the knife if you have to run due to the weight of the M249.
  • Shred enemies up with the M249 when they are in a group.
  • Take cover than you need reload due of long reload time, it important to reload when your magazine is less than 30 bullets.
  • Never spray at your enemies beyond close range (except if you are trying to cover your teammates, but burst fire is still recommended). You may look intimidating but you may be an easy target for your opponent if you do this and skilled enemy players will get you before you get them.
    • Should you need to spray at medium to long range, aim for the leg, and you may score headshots.
    • Use this weapon to provide fire support to your team. Firing at enemies on full auto will discourage enemies from fighting back in the open.


  • The M249 has a very long reload time, use this to your advantage.
  • Be sure to take cover behind thick walls,and away from corners. This weapon can shoot through boxes and doors with ease.
  • The movement speed of M249 users is low thus players encountering them can strafe at a higher speed.
  • Stay away from the experienced M249 user, he will most likely spray at you thus will get the recoil high and make the gun inaccurate. Find cover if your enemy knows how to manage recoil though.
  • Sniper rifles are an excellent choice to use against users of this weapon.
  • If you have to strike an M249 user with your teammates, don't bunch up or your opponent may have the opportunity to score multiple kills.


Counter-Strike: SourceEdit


M249 Expert M249 Expert
Kill 500 enemy players with the M249.

Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveEdit

Weapon SpecialistEdit

M249 Expert csgo M249 Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the M249.


  • The M249 is the only usable light machine gun in the early multiplayer Counter-Strike Series, However the introduction of the Negev in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive makes it more of a personal choice between price and accuracy.
  • The database file name for this FN M249 para/minimi is m249.
  • The M249 never looks like it needs to be reloaded, there are still rounds on the belt when the ammo count gets to zero, the player just pulls ammo belt off of the gun and discards it, while the rounds are still there, and then change the ammo box. This is to reduce memory, as with the P90, UMP-45, AUG, Krieg 552, and Krieg 550 Commando.
    • However, in Global Offensive, this reload error has been fixed and now properly displays the diminishing bullets when the M249 is running out of ammo.
  • In Deleted Scenes, The M249 has a unique sound when equipped. The weapon is also more effective than its multiplayer counterpart.
  • In reality, the M249 is capable of shooting 750-1000 rounds per minute whereas in the game it can only shoot 600 rounds.
    • The M249 in the Source version has slightly faster rate of fire and lower spread. Still, firing in bursts is strongly recommended. 
  • In game, although it fires 5.56mm NATO, it does not share the ammo used by other rifles using 5.56mm NATO round since it uses boxes of belted ammunition while the other rifles feed from 30 round magazines. To distinguish the game labels the box ammunition as 5.56 NATO as opposed to 5.56x45 NATO for magazine fed assault rifles.
  • Compared to the M60 in Deleted Scenes, the M249 is almost as effective as its bigger caliber counterpart; it deals less damage than it counterpart but has less recoil.
  • The rate of fire of the M249 has been progressively increased from the betas of Counter-Strike to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
  • The M249 in all of the Counter-Strike series is the Paratrooper version. Due to this, the weapon lacks the stock to enable it to be fired from the shoulder. Being fired from the hip is the likely cause of its inaccuracy. However, the stock is attached in CS:GO.
  • The M249's data in Counter-Strike: Source's VGUI buy menu states that its firing rate is around 600rpm. However, in-game it fires at about 750rpm. This is likely due to Valve reusing the old VGUI data from Counter-Strike 1.6.
  • The M249 and its variants are the modified versions of the FN Minimi for the United States Armed Forces.
  • Terrorists cannot purchase this machine gun in Assassination maps.
  • Prior to Counter-Strike:Source, bots will always spray bullets, regardless on how their difficultly is set. However, this technique can still be very lethal to you.
  • In Counter-Strike 1.6 (and older betas), the ammo box was colored black, like the M249 itself. In Condition Zero and later games, the box is now colored green.


Main article: M249/Gallery

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