M739 SAW

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M739 SAW
Production overview


Misriah Armory[1][2]

Model series:



Light machine gun


3182 cR[2]



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:

64-, 72- (standard), or 128-round linked belt[2]


Gas-operated, drum-fed [2]

Rate of fire:

937.5 RPM

Effective range:

Short to medium

  • 27.4 m (90.0 ft) (unscoped)[5]
  • 49.4 m (162 ft) (scoped)[5]
Service history

In service:

Human-Covenant War
Post-Covenant War conflicts


The M739 Light Machine Gun (M739 LMG) is a squad automatic weapon (SAW) used by the UNSC Armed Forces. Designed and manufactured by Misriah Armory, the M739 is used in protracted engagements where sustained or suppressive fire is required. The weapon is fed ammunition by a 72-round belt in a drum magazine.[1]


SAWs increased in usage over the 22nd century during the first major colonial conflicts. In response, Misriah Armory began development of light machine guns that could serve in a SAW role. The M739 is the most recent addition to this, being introduced during the late years of the Insurrection, and continuing on into the Human-Covenant War. As of 2558, the UNSC continues to use the M739.[6] It is classified as a Common REQ and can be summoned in Warzone at Level 4 energy.[7]


Changes from Halo 4 to Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

  • Can now utilize the Smart Scope feature to decrease reticle bloom and increase range by 80%.
  • Increased/decreased damage and added headshot bonus, killing in 11-14 rounds instead of 13, depending on the headshot bonus.


  • Appetite for Destruction: The Appetite for Destruction features a 50% larger magazine, increased ammo capacity, and Stabilization Jets. It requires Level 5 energy and is classified as an Uncommon REQ.[7]
  • The Answer: While The Answer fires at only 450 RPM in contrast to other M739s, it features projectiles with proximity-fused high explosive warheads. It has also less recoil and greater accuracy than the standard M739, to the point of minimal reticle bloom even when fired full-auto, and can carry up to 3.5 reserve magazines (252 rounds), unusual because all other weapons have their maximum magazine count set to a whole number. It takes 5 rounds to kill a Spartan in War Games. It is classified as a Rare REQ and can be summoned in Warzone at Level 6 energy.[7] It can also be found as the third and final hidden weapon in the campaign level Genesis, in a pair.[8]


  • The SAW has the same damage properties as the Assault Rifle in Halo 4's multiplayer, with 10 rounds to disable shields and 3 rounds to the body for a kill. This effectively makes the SAW an overall upgrade to the Assault Rifle with its higher rate of fire, higher accuracy, and higher magazine capacity. This similarity makes canon sense as both weapons use the same 7.62×51mm FMJ round.
  • Earning four kills with the SAW without dying in Majestic DLC matchmaking will unlock the Last Man Grinning achievement.
  • The Appetite for Destruction variant of the SAW is a reference to the Guns N' Roses' debut studio album of the same name.
  • "The Answer" variants name and description may be a reference to Douglas Adam's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, specifically the question to life, the universe, and everything, the ANSWER of which was 42.


Normal gallery[edit]

Halo 5: Guardians REQ cards[edit]

List of appearances[edit]


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