Originally Posted by goober
is that an M249 with a blank adapter? some kind of training?
Yep! M249 SAW with blanks - you can see the red flash suppressor adapter in the photo.
I am a civilian; but, once a year I help with field training exercises for a local Army unit by role-playing during the annual FTX. Usually I play an Afghan woman "friendly"; but, this time they let me play OPFOR (the enemy) and the Captain thought it would be funny to let me have a bigger toy to play with.
The thing weighs 17lbs and they were really impressed that I was able to take off running through the brush with it!
I sure wish I could've shot it with live ammo!!
Here's a better photo of the SAW and you can see it in more detail: