The M248 SAW light machine gun was introduced to the US armed forces in 1984 after being deemed the best solution to the  US’s ‘lack of automatic firepower in small units.’ The gun shoots both linked ammunition and  STANAG magazines used in the M4 and M16 rifles.The M248 SAW has been in every US conflict since its deployment but do to its weight the armed forces are experimenting with a new gun to replace it.