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Stoner 63: Navy SEAL's long favored Gun
Am Shooting Journal ^ | 7/29/20 | C Cook

Posted on 07/29/2020 7:46:22 AM PDT by w1n1

Have you heard of the Stone 63 light machine gun? The Stoner 63, is a 5.56×45mm NATO, modular weapon system, using a variety of modular components, it can be configured as a rifle, a carbine, a top-fed light machine gun, a belt-fed squad automatic weapon, or a vehicle mounted weapon.

This Stoner was designed by Eugene Stoner in the early 1960s. Cadillac Gage was the primary manufacturer of the Stoner 63 during its history. The Stoner 63 saw very limited combat use by United States forces during the Vietnam War including the Marine Corps and the Navy Seals.

Want to know how good it was?
Ask any of the former Seal members from the Vietnam war and mid 70’s, they can attest it was the thing to have for a four man patrol. The Navy SEALs preferred the modified version as a LMG (Light Machine Gun), honed to deadly efficiency in the jungle environment.
This baby can sing to a 700 rpm cyclic rate. The Stoner 63A (13 lbs) weighed much less than the M60 (23lbs), which required belts of ammunition to be slung over shoulders because it did not have a magazine. This LMG shined at fighting through ambushes or breaking contact at close range. Read the rest of Stoner 63 here.


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1 posted on 07/29/2020 7:46:22 AM PDT by w1n1
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To: w1n1

I think MACV-SOG carried the Stoner 63 some as well.


2 posted on 07/29/2020 7:47:40 AM PDT by Levy78
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I recall video of a Seal Team’s example of an exfil using those weapons. The team would leapfrog each other, with the person on the rear sweeping the area with the LMG.

Nothing would have been able to survive that kind of intense fire. Or at least nothing would have survived standing up—I know my face would be in the dirt.


3 posted on 07/29/2020 7:59:46 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: w1n1

WEBSITE BLOCKED DUE TO TROJAN VIRUS!


4 posted on 07/29/2020 8:02:36 AM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: w1n1

When I was younger, I knew a man who worked at Cadillac Gage. I think he was an engineer and often wondered if he had anything to do with the Stoner.

I was in their plant once, maybe early 1980’s. I can’t remember why and don’t remember much about it.


5 posted on 07/29/2020 8:04:49 AM PDT by cyclotic (The most dangerous people are the ones that feel the most helpless)
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To: w1n1

bkmrk


6 posted on 07/29/2020 8:10:15 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: w1n1

Site won’t open...can someone post a picture!!


7 posted on 07/29/2020 8:22:53 AM PDT by ontap
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To: carriage_hill

Yep. ‘Am Shooting Journal’. Most dangerous firearms blog on the internet.


8 posted on 07/29/2020 8:24:30 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Masks are not about controlling a virus. Masks are about controlling people.)
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To: w1n1

There are some wiki pictures of the M63 and its derivatives that are confusing. Some pics show the gas tube above the barrel and some show the gas tube below the barrel. Apparently there were/are at least two derivatives of the weapon. Just a guess.

Looks like it would be fun to shoot!


9 posted on 07/29/2020 8:27:15 AM PDT by Afterguard (Deplorable me!)
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To: w1n1

LOL. I wonder where this article was stolen from.


10 posted on 07/29/2020 8:30:03 AM PDT by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL!)
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Unless it's an advertisement for something nobody has heard of, everything they post is stolen.
11 posted on 07/29/2020 8:50:10 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Masks are not about controlling a virus. Masks are about controlling people.)
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https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Stoner_63


12 posted on 07/31/2020 12:58:57 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirs)
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