FN Minimi M249 SAW 5.56mm NATO Pre-May Dealer Sample Only Light Machine Gun w/ Extras


Status: In-Stock / Please Call to Purchase

This Chester County Armory listing is for an original Fabrique Nationale FN Minimi M249 SAW 5.56mm NATO Pre-May Dealer Sample Only belt-fed light machine gun plus numerous factory original accessories.

The FN Minimi (French for mini mitrailleuse or “mini machine gun”) was originally designed in the late 1970’s by Ernest Vervier as a lighter, more maneuverable light machine gun, that would have the ability to fire both belts and standard STANAG box magazines. It was officially adopted by the US Military in 1982, and renamed the M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon).  Based on its amazing reliability, ease-of-use and mission-specific adaptation (not to mention its accuracy and easy maintenance), the M249 quickly found itself being adopted by not only the US, but militaries around the world. Forty years later, it remains the LMG of choice for almost every military in the western world.

This specific FN Minimi was originally fabricated and assembled in Belgium by Fabrique Nationale in their facility in the city of Herstal. It was imported into the US by Gun South of Birminghan, AL as a post-1968/pre-1986 Dealer Sample Only restricted light machine gun.  It is currently set-up as Standard Model, featuring an 18.3″ barrel with fixed clubfoot stock, standard polymer forend, and includes the forend top cover. This model will also come with accessories to allow this LMG to be turned into a Para model, if so desired, which includes the shorter, 13.7″ barrel and a factory FN collapsible stock. Also included with purchase of this weapon will be a like-new Knight’s Armament Company forend and vertical grip, along with three total belt bags ( one-200rd bag and two-100rd bags. One of the 100rd bags is new in the original packaging).

Overall, this weapon is in fantastic operational and cosmetic condition. The metalwork is excellent, with no dents, dings, gouges, or malformations of any type. The bolt face is crisp and clean and the bolt group shows very limited wear. The barrel remains bright and shiny with crisp, clean rifling. Cosmetically, the exterior painted finish notes only minor handling and use marks, most notably on the Picatinny optics rail, where a mount has been attached and removed. The clubfoot stock and forend display only very minor handling marks. The accessories are mostly in new to like-new condition, including the telescoping stock and KAC forend. The included Para barrel is also in excellent condition, with crisp clean rifling, and only minor handling marks and finish wear.

This Pre-May 1986 Dealer Sample Only light machine gun is available for purchase by Class 3 FFL/SOT holders, only. It will come with all of the accessories displayed in the photos and listed in the description.  This model is currently on an eForm capable Form 3. This is a Pre-May 1986 model, so no law letter is necessary, and an individual licensed dealer may retain this weapon as a “keeper” model after surrender of their FFL and SOT.

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    This Chester County Armory sale listing is for an original Fabrique Nationale FN Minimi M249 SAW 5.56mm NATO Pre-May Dealer Sample Only light machine gun plus accessories. This weapon is currently in-stock, in our possession,  and available for purchase on a Form 3. Please call us at 610-235-6155 to purchase or for additional information on this item.




    Fabrique Nationale Herstal (FN)


    Minimi (M249 SAW)


    5.56mm NATO


    Gas-Actuacted, Open Bolt

    Barrel Length



    15.7 lbs


    Matte Black