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Stoner 63A by Drake-UK Stoner 63A by Drake-UK
*Updated 18/11/11

Sorry for the lack of recent updates everyone and as an apology I'll share the latest and one of the more unusual additions to the collection.

Its a Stoner 63A (MK23) weapon in Commando lmg configuration by G&P.

I've always had a soft spot of vietnam era weapons and kit especially those that where a little more special than the standard grunt issue so when I seen the stoner (generally used by SEALs) had been reproduced and released I just had to have one.

As I mentioned previous I wasn't fully happy with this shot so finally decided to give it a bit of an update.


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Real steel info:

Eugene Stoner, one of designers of M16 rifle, left ArmaLite in about 1961 and joined the Cadillac Gage Corp. There he began development of an entirely new weapon system. It was probably the first truly modular system, that consisted of about fifteen subassemblies which could be assembled in any configuration, from an assault rifle and short carbine up to a lightweight or even a general purpose machine gun. First prototypes, chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO ammunition, appeared in 1962, known as Stoner 62.

Just a year later Stoner turned out a new system, chambered for 5.56x45 M193 US service round, and known as Stoner 63. This system, developed and promoted until the early 1970s, was extensively tested by the US military as the XM22 (Stoner 63A rifle), XM23 (Stoner 63A carbine), and the XM207 (light machine gun with belt feed). The only military application of the Stoner 63 system, however, was the Mk.23 model 0 belt-fed light machine gun configuration, used in limited numbers by US Navy Special Forces and Marine Corps in Vietnam.

In general the Stoner system, while having the advantages of modularity and interchangeability of parts and thus great flexibility in tactical use, was somewhat too expensive and also slightly over-complicated for a dedicated light machine gun (or any other configuration). It was also somewhat dirt-sensitive and required much attention and maintenance.

Overall, some 3,500 to 4,000 Stoner 63 weapon kits were produced between 1962 and 1971. Of those, some 2400 Stoner 63 Light machine guns were purchased by US Navy for issue to special forces in Vietnam, and about 100 more were bought for US Navy S.E.A.L.'s in improved Mk.23 mod.0 version.

All versions had quick-detachable barrels, which was a handy option for a light machine gun. For LMG versions, Stoner 63 system has several styles of barrels, with different lengths and profiles. US Navy's Mark 23 model 0 machine guns used short, fluted barrels, but other versions (with long barrels) also saw combat in Vietnam.
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AltoPhonse Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
That's amazing. :stare:
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks =]
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AltoPhonse Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
You're forever welcome. ^^
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Furyien Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Cheers for the knowledge, i didn't know alot of that about the stoner. cheers bro
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MrFr0stbyte Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this gun reminds me of me heh heh heh
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ogrecoil Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
That gun is cool. How is it overall in terms of shooting and so on? :)
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Its awesome, built solid and fires like a dream with a great performance out of the box especially the box mag with is probably one of the best I've ever used.

Overall one of my fav's.
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PC1073 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
She's beautiful.
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CrazyManiacOmicida Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
The XM-22. A pretty good machine gun. Well done!!
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YoLoL Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
How do you get that sort of colors in the picture? Quite cool.
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:icondrake-uk:
Drake-UK Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Its an HDR photo, basically its 3 different exposed photos layered on top of each other.
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YoLoL Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
HDR, right. I'm familiar with the technique. Don't know why I didn't think of that before =) thanks! ;)
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Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student General Artist
really, why'd they call it that.Stoner lol
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Its named after the weapons original designer Eugene Stoner ;D
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
oh well that's a funny name
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It sure is =]
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ChrisLMGT1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Simply stunning, this weapon looks.
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:icondrake-uk:
Drake-UK Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks =]

I'm well chuffed with it, rarely has an aeg been so enjoyable to use.
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The-Dark-Echidna Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Want one. D:
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DerShishaGott Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
too bad this think is crippeld to semi automatic in germany :(
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:icondrake-uk:
Drake-UK Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
A real shame =[

Look on the bright side at least you aren't limited to 1 joule.
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DerShishaGott Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
i prefer limited to 1 joule instead of 0,5 joule for automatic fire. The Law for german sport guns is very strange
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, doesn't your law allow up to seven joules for semi !?

Our own laws are a little strange too since the rest of the UK allow for a slightly higher limit of fps (for bolt actions and such) yet here in northern ireland (still part of the uk) we are limited to 328fps for everything. =/
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DerShishaGott Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
yes we have 7,5 joule for so called "freie waffen" (free weapons)this category is for every weapon that uses compresed air or co2. Air rifles and airsoft guns belong to this category. strange but true.
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Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
it appears that it has the chamber section from a Browning 1919, with the barel section of an assault rifle and a but stock.
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RustyMagnum Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Asskicking.
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faramon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice! Tempted to get one at some point myself to add to my nam kit.
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Its a nice alternative to armalites and a lot more practical than an m60.
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Deilax Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Straight up jealous. Everything by G&P is prime.

So how does it feel and handle?
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Its a beast and solid as a rock (bar a tiny bit of flex in the polymer hand-guard) yet overall weight is only about 4.5kg which is similar to that of my SPR.

The weight and surprisingly small overall length make it far easier to shift about and handle than the likes of a m249.

Performance is top notch with a staggering ROF when using a lipo and more amazing is that the box mag can keep up without missing a beat.

Overall very high quality and probably one of the nicest G&P I've owned.
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Dobhrionn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, beautiful piece of kit! :)
Where did you get this? It seems to be out of stock in many places! :-x
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks =]

I ordered it from a local retailer (toy soldiers airsoft) who had to have it sent all the way from italy if I recall correctly however I believe fire-support.co.uk still have a couple in-stock also.

Hope that helps =]
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Drake-UK Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks I <3 it too, puts me in the mood to pick up some more nam kit.
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Aleandryd Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
I hate you. =P awesome addition, dude. I like the new Stoner LMG, too . . . .
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