About: K'NEX gun builder here at Instructables. More or less retired from the community, but I still pop in now and again.
To my knowledge, the M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) has only had 4 K'NEX attempts (one of the better versions being ironman69's M249 RBG). Seeing as this is the case, I decided to pioneer with this gun in hopes of building a nice looking M249 (which is actually a slightly modified FN Minimi). My hopes were, in the end, realized, and this beast (at least it is a beast in size) came to "life."

  • Huge pin-pull (not seen in pics, see forum topic here)
  • Great range: 60 - 70 ft.
  • Magazine lock (pics 7 - 9)
  • Accurate looks
  • Comfortable pistol and fore grip
  • Nice stock (probably my favorite part of the gun)
  • Good and accurate looking sights
  • Very open to HEAVY mods


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    That looks really, really cleanly built and nice. I especially like the stock and sights; the mag release looks very well thought out, too.
    I don't mean to be annoying now, but you should try making your own mechanisms; if you're capable of building this clean of a rifle, you are certainly capable of making new mechanisms.
    (Also, am I crazy, or are you using some of my photo-taking techniques, such as taking a photo of them on a table? Maybe it's just my imagination. :L They look really nice, regardless!)

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    Thanks bro, I am glad to hear that you like it. =D

    Annoying? No, you are not annoying in any way! I would love to try out new mechanisms and stuff, but I just tend not to be the "innovative type," if you catch my meaning.

    As to photo taking techniques, I am not sure... Did you take pictures of your guns up on a table...? Whoops my bad, I guess you did. XD

    If you'd love to make new mechanisms then go for it, Red! Your pin rifles always look great; and it'd be cool to see you use a new mechanism idea in one of them. I've always had ideas to make a semi-automatic, sleek revolver with the turret in the right place: near the handle; it would use a flicking kind of sliding trigger. It'd be cool to see what you'd do with it; I could probably draw the trigger concept somehow if you wanted. I think it has officially become a request now. :P

    Either way, there are probably more concepts out there that you could easily fit into your guns. I'm not saying to stop the pin rifles, because they are nice; I just think it'd be really cool to see a few new concept guns. Do whatever you want, though; it's your channel. Tis just a suggestion. :3

    (Great minds take pictures alike, right?)

    I hear you, loud and clear, and I have a "newer" mechanism (at least for me) that I am about to make a forum topic for.

    As to the revolver, I don't know, to me, the semi-automatic part sounds good, but I am not a big fan of turreted guns. I think that, overall, mag guns just tend to be more effective, plus, they are more my thing. =D

    As to taking pictures, I think that I must agree. How one takes pictures, and in what way, is what really makes the gun look cool.

    Awesome. I can't wait to see the new beast of yours. (I'm going to check to see if the forum topic is out.)

    Do whatever works best for you; if you don't like turrets, that's ok. (Although they are totally better, but that's besides the point. I'm kidding, of course: to each their own.)

    It is nice to see that you, and many other people, actually care about how items are presented. Keep up the great picture taking!