- "Lightweight, compact machine gun that combines excellent maneuverability with a high rate of fire to devastating effect."
- ―GTA V description on the Rockstar Games Social Club.
Vice City Stories
In GTA Vice City Stories, the weapon is a powerful, one shot kill gun that holds 100 rounds per magazine, and is capable of knocking down a person when hit (similar to the way shotguns do), but is slightly less effective than the Minigun. Unlike the M-60 from GTA Vice City and GTA Liberty City Stories, the M249 has a unique firing and reloading animation, no longer copied from the assault rifle animation. Victims shot with this weapon will release a large amount of splattering blood than other machine guns do.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
- "Firing at 900 rounds per minute, the Advanced MG takes targets down fast."
- ―Description from the TBoGT website
The M249 in The Ballad of Gay Tony (referred to as the Advanced MG) is the first light machine gun to be featured in the HD Universe. The weapon is placed in the Assault Rifle slot, unlike in GTA Vice City Stories where the M249 would occupy the Heavy Weapons slot.
It has a 200-round magazine capacity and high rate of fire, but has less stopping power and accuracy than the AK-47 and the carbine. It is highly inaccurate because the weapon is fired from the hip rather than the shoulder, appart of the high recoil produced when firing. The Advanced MG requires sustained fire to destroy a vehicle, unlike the LMG's from previous games, which can destroy vehicles in just a few rounds. The weapon is best suited for engaging multiple enemies at close to medium ranges. The Advanced MG suffers in long range combat, being outclassed by the other rifles and even the SMGs. The law enforcement use the Advanced MG to fire at the player from helicopters, instead of the Carbine Rifle as used in GTA IV and TLAD.
Grand Theft Auto V
The same weapon makes a comeback in GTA V as the Combat MG. The Combat MG is available after the Heist Blitz Play. The Combat MG is based on a Mark 46 Mod 0, a lightweight variant of the M249, with the stock of an M60.
This weapon is superior all-rounds to SMGs, the Assault Rifle, and the MG. It shoots further, but with less accuracy than the Carbine Rifle. Its recoil is also notably lighter than the MG and even its TBoGT counterpart, due to the reduced rate of fire. With the appropiate attachments, the Combat MG can increase the accuracy and reduce the recoil a bit more.
GTA V Overview
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Grand Theft Auto Online
The Advanced MG is available at level 80 in Grand Theft Auto Online. It retains its single player qualities with decent rate of fire, high damage but somewhat slow reload and low mobility. It is commonly found in item crates available in Gang Attacks. In GTA V, it can shoot down almost any aircraft thanks to its 100 (200 with extended clip) round magazine.
Customizations (GTA V)
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|Rounds & magazine||GTA V||GTA Online (Unlock)|
|Rounds (200)||$92||(Rank 80)|
|Default clip (100 rounds)||Default||Default|
|Extended clip (200 rounds)||$315|
|Grip (provides ilumination when aiming)||$322|
|Scope (silences but slightly reduces damage and range)||$1397|
|Army||$100||$5000 (Kill 100 players)|
|Green (Collector's and Enhanced Edition)||$7500 (Kill 200 players)|
|Orange (Collector's and Enhanced Edition)||(Kill 400 players)|
|LSPD||$600||$5750 (Kill 600 players)|
|Pink (Collector's and Enhanced Edition)||$7500 (Rank 50)|
|Gold (Collector's and Enhanced Edition)||$10000 (Rank 75)|
|Platinum (Collector's and Enhanced Edition)||$12500 (Rank 100)|
GTA Vice City Stories
- At the InterGlobal Films studio in the first studio directly right of the entrance up the ramp on the catwalk.
- Spawns at every safehouse after shooting all 99 red balloons.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
- Given to the player in Going Deep.
- Available from Armando's gun van after said mission for $7,550, plus $400 for each additional magazine.
- Spawns in the player's safehouse after completing 20 Drug Wars and after completion of Going Deep.
- Available from police helicopters during wanted levels. If the player shoots the helicopter's riflemen in order to disarm them and falls in an accesible place, the Advanced MG can be taken.
- Sold at Ammu-nation, for about $3,100
- Can be found at the crash site of the Merryweather Cargo Plane after the mission Minor Turbulence somewhere in the Alamo Sea.
- Can be found in Survival as early as Wave 4 and will be kept for the rest of the session.
- Can be found in crates in Gang Attacks. Almost always found in the Mile High Club and Sandy Shores Airfield gang hideouts.
- GTA Vice City Stories features the M249E1 while the one featured in TBoGT is the M249E2 model. GTA V features the Mk. 46 Mod 0, a variant of the M249 that has the carrying handle, magazine insertion well, and vehicle mounting lugs removed to make it more lightweight.
- The Advanced MG will spawn in Deathmatch when weapons are set to Snipers.
- In TBoGT, if you look carefully at the bullet cartridges ejecting from the right, you will notice that the cartridges are .45 ACP rounds (pistol rounds). This is incorrect as the gun shoots using 5.56 x 45mm NATO rounds.
- The Advanced MG has a dark green skull on the front portion of the ammo box.
- Like the Micro SMG and MG, attaching a scope to the weapon will have Michael, Trevor and Franklin wield it like an assault rifle rather than firing it from the hip.
- In GTA V, the extended clip is similar to the TBOGT clip model.
- In the Beta, GTA V's Combat MG looked nearly identical to TBOGTs Advanced MG, partially mixed with textures of the GTA V model (It also resembled more like an FN Mk 48).
- In GTA V, due to a recent update, everytime the player loads a quicksave (confirmed in this way), the protagonist will wield a Combat MG. Also, if one of the protagonist is hanging out with the other protagonists, when the player causes havoc, the other two will attack with the Combat MG when on foot or riding into an adequate vehicle (i.e. helicopters). Only happens if the said weapon is at their inventory.