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Just saw this article on American Shooting Journal. (<link to online article and video)
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"Do you remember the Stone 63 machine gun? 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 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 and a belt-fed squad automatic weapon.
Designed by Eugen Stoner in the early 1960s. War departments claims the Stoner machine gun saw limited combat during the Vietnam war. The Stoner was phased out by the 1980, the M249 SAW took its place. But this wasn’t military wide as many conventional units were still armed with the M-60 machine gun."


From the attached Youtube video description: "While not a product of the 80's, this documentary produced during the 1990's is an interview with Retired LT. CME. Michael J. Walsh about Stoner 63 weapons system used with by the Navy Seals in Vietnam. The video shows an impressive firepower demo of the Stoner 63 in a few of it's different configurations. While there is a wide range of information about the Stoner 63 available, this video chronicles the development of the weapons system throughout part of the Vietnam war through the eyes of LT. Walsh. The video covers the developments made by Cadillac Gauge for the weapon, the development of the "dead man's pin" and various ammunition feeding systems."

 

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Awesome video on a great weapons platform!!! Thanks for posting
 

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Just saw this article on American Shooting Journal. (<link to online article and video)
Text from the article ...

"Do you remember the Stone 63 machine gun? 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 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 and a belt-fed squad automatic weapon.
Designed by Eugen Stoner in the early 1960s. War departments claims the Stoner machine gun saw limited combat during the Vietnam war. The Stoner was phased out by the 1980, the M249 SAW took its place. But this wasn’t military wide as many conventional units were still armed with the M-60 machine gun."


From the attached Youtube video description: "While not a product of the 80's, this documentary produced during the 1990's is an interview with Retired LT. CME. Michael J. Walsh about Stoner 63 weapons system used with by the Navy Seals in Vietnam. The video shows an impressive firepower demo of the Stoner 63 in a few of it's different configurations. While there is a wide range of information about the Stoner 63 available, this video chronicles the development of the weapons system throughout part of the Vietnam war through the eyes of LT. Walsh. The video covers the developments made by Cadillac Gauge for the weapon, the development of the "dead man's pin" and various ammunition feeding systems."

Thanks for the very informative post.
 

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Thanks for the post. Didn’t know anything about it. Now I do!!


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Will watch this later when I have time. I listen to Jocko podcasts and he’s had some Vietnam era seals on there that speak highly of the platform and carried them a lot, while wearing blue jeans.

on a side note, if anyone hasn’t listened to Jocko’s podcasts I highly recommend them
 

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Will watch this later when I have time. I listen to Jocko podcasts and he’s had some Vietnam era seals on there that speak highly of the platform and carried them a lot, while wearing blue jeans.

on a side note, if anyone hasn’t listened to Jocko’s podcasts I highly recommend them
The interviews and stories from the MACV SOG boys are the best. The missions they ran were legendary!
 
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