Appetite for Destruction

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Appetite for Destruction
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Production overview


Misriah Armory[1][2]

Model series:



Light machine gun



45.9 inches (117 cm)[3]


9 inches (23 cm)[3]


12.3 inches (31 cm)[3]


9.6 kilograms (21 lb)[2]

Ammunition type:

7.62×51mm FMJ[4]

Feed system:

108-round linked belt[2][5]


Gas-operated, drum-fed [2]

Rate of fire:

937.5 RPM

Effective range:

Short to medium

  • 27.42 m (90 ft) (unscoped)[5]
  • 49.38 m (162 ft) (scoped)[5]
Service history

In service:

Post-Covenant War conflicts


"Raze everything to the ground. Improved SAW fitted with a high capacity drum magazine."
— In-game description[6]

The Appetite for Destruction is a named variant of the M739 Light Machine Gun. It is featured in Halo 5: Guardians as an Uncommon REQ variant of the SAW, reusing the latter's chassis but with additional green and red stripes decorating the weapon's body, along with a falcon emblem in front of the drum magazine.[7]


The Appetite for Destruction is a named variant of the M739 LMG, upgraded with a 50% larger magazine, increased ammo capacity, and Stabilization Jets to reduce recoil.[6]

In late 2558, Spartan-IVs trained with the weapon in War Games simulations aboard the UNSC Infinity.[7]


Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

The Appetite for Destruction is a Level 5 Power Weapon REQ with an Uncommon rarity. It grants 75 REQ Points when sold. The weapon functions exactly identically to the regular SAW except that it has a larger magazine of 108 rounds, larger ammo capacity, and attached Stabilization Jets to drastically reduce vertical recoil. These improvements allow users of the weapon to destroy enemy infantry more easily while avoiding any accuracy penalties, as the Stabilization Jets help shots to stay on the target. When paired with a Damage Boost, the Appetite for Destruction can annihilate anything up to and including light aircraft.

Changes from the M739 Light Machine Gun[edit]

  • 50% larger magazine capacity.
  • Maximum ammo capacity increased to 432 (108 active + 324 reserve).
  • Stabilization Jets have been attached to reduce vertical recoil.


The weapon's name is a reference to the Guns N' Roses debut studio album of the same name.



Halo 5: Guardians REQ cards[edit]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Halo Waypoint - The Halo Bulletin: 8.8.12
  2. ^ a b c d Halo 4 Limited Edition, UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet
  3. ^ a b c Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 67
  4. ^ Halo 4 Interactive Guide
  5. ^ a b c YouTube - Halo 5 | SAWs Analysis
  6. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians - Requisition system
  7. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians - Multiplayer