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.
In this video, we’re fortunate enough to hear a Navy SEAL share his memories of the unique Stoner machine gun.
This 80’s video shared on Youtube tells us the historical role that the Stoner 63 played for the elite military unit and how adaptive it was on the battlefield.