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"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.

The Combat MG, also appearing as M249 and Advanced MG, is a Light Machine Gun featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, and Grand Theft Auto V.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

M249 VCS

Victor Vance running with an M249.

In GTA Vice City Stories, the M249 is based on the M249E1 model. 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 M60 from GTA Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: 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 higher amount of splattering blood than they do if shot by other machine guns.

The M249 is a weapon of choice for several Rampages and is featured during Farewell to Arms.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

"Firing at 900 rounds per minute, the Advanced MG takes targets down fast."
―Description from the TBoGT website

Luis with an Advanced MG.

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 is now based on the M249E2.

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, causing 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 range. The Advanced MG suffers in long range combat, being outclassed by the other rifles and even SMGs. The law enforcement use the Advanced MG to fire at the player from helicopters, instead of the Carbine Rifle as used in Grand Theft Auto IV and The Lost and Damned.

It is first given to Luis in the mission Going Deep for Ray Bulgarin.

Grand Theft Auto V


The Combat MG in action.

The same weapon makes a comeback in GTA V as the Combat MG. The Combat MG is available after the Heist Blitz Play. It is based on a Mark 46 Mod 0, a lightweight variant of the M249, with the stock of an M60.

This weapon is all-round superior 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 appropriate attachments, the Combat MG can increase the accuracy and reduce the recoil a slightly more.

The Advanced MG is available at Rank 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.

GTA V Overview

Rate of fire

(Rounds per minute)

Reload speed

(Time taken to reload)

Damage per shot Effective range

555 RPM

2.90 seconds



Customizations (GTA V)

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Requiring improvement: Next-Gen and Online Prices
Rounds & magazine GTA V GTA Online (Unlock)
Rounds (200) $92 (Rank 80)
Default clip (100 rounds) Default Default
Extended clip (200 rounds) $315
Grip (more stability, slightly increases accuracy) $322
Scope (mid-range zoom, slightly increases accuracy) $1,397
Black Default Default
Army $100 $5,000 (Kill 100 players)
Green (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $7,500 (Kill 200 players)
Orange (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) (Kill 400 players)
LSPD $600 $5,750 (Kill 600 players)
Pink (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $7,500 (Rank 50)
Gold (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $10,000 (Rank 75)
Platinum (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $12,500 (Rank 100)


Grand Theft Auto: 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 the mission 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 Going Deep.
  • Available from police helicopters when a wanted level is obtained. If the player shoots the helicopter's riflemen in order to disarm them and they fall to an accessible place, the Advanced MG can be taken.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


In-game Model


First Person


The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • The Advanced MG will spawn in Deathmatch when weapons are set to Snipers.
  • The weapon seemingly ejects .45 ACP shell casings. This is odd since the weapon fires the 5.56mm NATO cartridge.
  • The Advanced MG has a dark green skull on the front portion of the ammo box.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Like the Micro SMG and the MG, attaching a scope to the weapon will cause the player to wield it like an assault rifle, rather than firing it from the hip.
  • The Beta Combat MG was originally much different. It looked mostly like the TBoGT rendition of the weapon, with design cues from the Mark 48 machine gun, an advanced model of the M249. Though the weapon didn't make it to the final version, a small render image of the beta weapon can be found in the game files.
  • Due to a recent update, every time the player loads a quick-save, the player will wield a Combat MG if they have one. Also, if one of the protagonists is hanging out with another protagonist, when the player causes havoc, the other will attack with the Combat MG when on foot or riding in an adequate vehicle (i.e. helicopters), if they have one in their inventory.


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