a weapon's system that's affordably built and performs in
the harshest of harsh conditions-and I will show you a weapon
that is loved by millions of operators.
Did a famous person once say that?
No, I just did.
AK47 and Kalashnikov's other brilliant gun inventions come to
ask millions of Red Chinese, Russian, Asian and African combatants.
the M63 Stoner Machine Gun will never be compared to the AK47.
the Stoner had fewer than several thousand copies made.
gun designer Eugene Stoner and engineer Jim Sullivan brought us the
M63 Stoner Machine Gun, a rarely used weapon that enjoyed slightly
more than its 15 minutes of fame. The Stoner is a light machine gun
chambered in 5.56mm NATO.
It came in a carbine, assault rifle and (several) light
machine gun configurations.
The M63 found its way into USMC and U.S. Special Forces
hands, but due to the gun's complicated design and high
maintenance operability, the Stoner M63 never became a household
name-much less an American standard-issue combat weapon.
To be fair, as a belt-fed or magazine-fed squad assault
weapon (SAW), the Stoner got high marks, especially from U.S. Marines
and Special Forces-notably Navy SEALs.
But it saw limited use and Colt's M16 won out over
Stoner's ill-fated design.
The M63 is a gas-operated, rotating bolt LMG that is
fitted with a bipod for squad assault weapon (SAW) applications. It
utilizes a top-mounted carrying handle and is fed ammunition by way
of 30-round box magazines or 100- or 150-round belts. It is capable
of cycling 700 rounds plus per minute at 3,200 feet per second muzzle
In addition to the light machine gun version, Stoner
adaptations came in medium machine gun and fixed machine gun. The M63
light machine gun weighs approximately 11.5 pounds and measures about
40 inches in length. Using a 20-inch barrel and iron sights, the
Stoner has a respectable maximum shooting range out beyond one-half
Few Stoner's remain; most were destroyed. If by
the most unlikely of circumstances, you have an M63 Stoner Machine
Gun in your collection, hold onto it.
It is no doubt worth a fortune!