Larry Vickers Shoots The Stoner 63

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by Nathaniel F

The Stoner legacy goes beyond just the AR-15. Several firearms designed either by Stoner or based off his work continue to impress modern shooters at the range and in use. One very notable such weapon is the Stoner 63 LMG, the weapon Larry Vickers has taken to the range for the first time in the video embedded below:

“It has no recoil” is a claim that’s often overused. The video above though, speaks for itself. High speed footage of many machine guns often reveals that they jostle and bump everything from their sights to barrel around, causing vibrations that rock the whole gun from muzzle to butt. Not so the Stoner. I can’t say I have had the pleasure of firing a 63 LMG as Larry has, but I have had the chance to fire an Ultimax 100, another gun designed by Stoner’s protege Jim Sullivan, and found it to have a similar “magic” to that Larry ascribes the Stoner 63 LMG.

EDIT: Larry uploaded his in-depth analysis of the Stoner, that is well worth taking a look at:

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Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at

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  • Claymore Claymore on Jul 12, 2015

    And the forward ejection makes it a joy for us "lefties" to shoot just like the two shooters in the video.

  • Ostiariusalpha Ostiariusalpha on Jul 12, 2015

    Man! I've always felt that the the 63 was the Stoner/Sullivan/Fremont team's Magnum Opus, it was just too good for the world it was born into.