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The Stoner 63 Weapon System

The term ‘weapon system’ is often over-used and misapplied these days – especially in TV shows – but in the case of the Stoner 63, it is totally applicable. 

Soon after leaving ArmaLite, Eugene Stoner devised a concept for a weapons platform built around a common receiver and interchangeable components that could be configured as a rifle, carbine and several machine gun configurations by simply fitting the appropriate parts to the basic assembly.  He even initially designated the concept the M69W becuase that designation looks the same upside down as it does right side up – reflecting the invertable receiver at the heart of the system.

Stoner 63 system

Illustration of the full Stoner 63 family of weapons from Stoner 63 sales brochure (hat tip to

My own interest in the Stoner 63 system started in the latter half of the 1970’s as a teen-ager – when I discovered a lengthy article about the Stoner 63 family in an old copy of the Feb. 1965 issue of Popular Mechanics in a box in my step-father’s attic.  I still remember sitting up there one sweltering hot summer afternoon reading the article from start to finish by the light of a single low-watt light bulb dangling from the rafters.  There’s something about the Stoner 63 that just grabs you like that…


(hat tip to ‘Armeiro’ on for the scans from that old Popular Mechanics article)

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Friday Foto


1 June 2015.  A Latvian soldier looks down the barrel of his weapon with a Humvee in the background.  The Baltic battalion of up to a thousand soldiers from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania trains together as they prepare to join the 2016 rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF). Made up of land, air, maritime and special operations forces, the NRF can deploy quickly, wherever needed.

photo courtesy of NATO Facebook page Coyote Brown Boots Are Here!

With the release of the new OCP camo ACUs available for sale as of 1 July 2015, troops are also looking for Coyote Brown boots to replace their current Desert Tan footwear (Coyote Brown is the new official boot color to go with OCP ACUs). has just launched several of types of Coyote Brown boots for sale that are AR 670-1 compliant and available for pre-order, with some styles shipping as early as next week. also has an exclusive early release of the top-selling Reebok Hyper Velocity boot in Coyote Brown!

0-650-reebok-8-hyper-velocity-coyote-brownFor complete information about their complete line-up of Coyote Brown boots, go to the special section on

Happy Birthday to Prometheus Design Werx

PDW is one year old!  Happy 1st birthday to Patrick, Chris and all the rest of the crew!


ClawGear RAIDER MK.IV Pants

ClawGear has released the latest version of their popular RAIDER Pant.  The Raider MK.IV is a lighweight and versatile “mission” pant design with improved fit and comfort.


Designed to be simple and lightweight – yet still packing useful features and extras with the greatest comfort – the MK.IV version includes an improved waist adjustment system with elastic components for better comfort and freedom of movement.  The pocket layout has also been improved with extended cargo pockets that feature an additional compartment accessible from outside that holds a 30-round STANAG magazine for rapid access.


The most profound change in the MK.IV version however is in the knee area.  The new knee design features an inner height adjustment capability, and a new modular knee pad compartment that allows the use of a wide range of different knee pad inserts – although ClawGear recommends the TRUST HP knee pad system from D3O, which is available as an orderable option with the pants.


Currently only available in MultiCam and RAL 7013 (Brown-Grey).

For further details, visit

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