The M249 Para is a belt-fed compact LMG. It features low damage but an impressive rate of fire and a large 200-round box capacity. The weapon suffers from low effective range, a low minimum damage, poor accuracy and high damage drop, as with most LMGs; it does, however, reload much faster than its belt-fed counterparts. The recoil is low but extremely randomized, making it difficult to control during sustained fire. It is nevertheless effective for short-to-medium ranges.