Rock and roll with the Stoner 63 light machine gun (VIDEO)

Larry Vickers gets some trigger time with the sweet shooting belt fed Stoner 63, the classic light machine gun of the Vietnam-era Navy SEALs.

A variant of Eugene Stoner’s short-lived but much-loved modular weapons system, the Stoner 63 (XM22/E1) allowed the end user to take the same receiver and make a rifle, short barreled carbine or, in the case of the gun Larry is spending some time with, a light machine gun. This latter version uses an inverted receiver and a 100-round belt held in an outsized plastic box mag to the left of the gun.

Navy SEALs rocking a couple Stoners somewhere in Southeast Asia. (Photo:

Navy SEALs rocking a couple Stoners somewhere in Southeast Asia. (Photo:

Designed back in 1961, unfortunately the Stoner 63 series never really caught on although the SEALs had them in their arsenals as late as the 1980s just in case.

Why would the frogmen chose to carry such a rare and eccentric weapon? Watch the video.

Latest Reviews

  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More
  • First Look: Hornady 6mm ARC

    Hornady brought another impressive project to the shooting public in 2020 with the introduction of the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

    Read More