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Spike: Yes, it's only airsoft replica.Every part I 've made myself. Whole gun is from steal and plastic. The 150 rds drum is also my work.It was my dream own Stoner for my SEAL impresion.It was 3 years work. My friend(our M60 gunner) create his own airsoft M60 SEAL version. Nice 10 kilos of steal:-)).We like huge firepower on our missions:-)

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Michael Taylor

KVH USN SEAL Team Two,Det. Alpha, 7th platoon Vrchlabí

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Here is an original Stoner 63A in Bren Configuration. It's an amnesty registered gun, but too bad it's not mine. Also, please excuse the picture of me, I was so fat back then and look like a dork holding this gun. I was just very excited to get to play around with this a piece of history.

 

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Jason G.
Atlanta, Ga

Always looking for WW1-Vietnam era weapons, vehicles, uniforms and anything related to demolitions or Chemical Warfare Service.

1956 M56 Scorpion

1965 M114A1E1

1968 M274A5

1969 XM706E1

1983 M106A2

 

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Here are some of my Nam guns. Some of the rarest things in the pic are the XM148 grenade launcher, Sionics M-14 suppressor, and the scope by the M-16 is one of the AR-TEL scopes made by Jim Leatherwood with a 5.56 reticle. Jim told me he only made about 3 dozen of these and all went to Vietnam. One of them is pictured in Senich's book "The Long Range War."

 

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Momil:

 

Welcome to the Forum. That is about as good a first post as I have seen in some time. A very impressive collection you have there.

 

A couple of questions. What is the bolt action rifle nar the bottom right? What can you tell us about your M79 blooper?

 

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Charlie Flick

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The M79 is a Kanaar receiver that I picked up about 7 years ago. I did a Form 1 on it and completed it with USGI parts. The bolt gun is a Remington M40 (.308 with Varmit barrel). These were used by the USMC to replace the pre-64 Model 70's in 30.-06 as their standard sniper rifle. The scope is not an original anodized green Redfield 3x9 accutrack, but it is a period 3x9 accutrack scope correctly marked 1" Tube and I had it Dura-coated in OD green to get the right look. The XM-148 at top left is an original un-cut Colt.

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This shows the China Lake 250rd. experimental drum that was used by SEAL Team 1 in 1971. I have photos and video of SEALs using these drums, mostly from mid-71 on.

hi spike i also have an interest in the navy seal in vietnam war and have been collecting since i was 12 yaer old, and i have looked at your navy seal displays and think they look impressive and have some excellent kit in them. could post the photo you have of the seals using the 250 round drum.

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Re Post #11: You might change the date of introduction of this drum. In the last stages of Op LAM SON 719, I was with MACV in Quang Tri Province (DMZ). My neighbors were USN medics and they were buddies with the SEALS and the SEALs used their place for pre-mission and post-mission "support" (access to showers, comms, libations, etc.). They had a few of the large drums as of mid- to late-Feb 1971. I know this because they dumped their gear outside my quarters and I discussed the Stoner sytem with them and they pointed out the drums were a new thing; they had not yet decided if the drums were good or bad. I gave them a Chinese version of a PPS-43 in exchange for a couple M-16 30-rd mags and two V-40 grenades. The PPS had come from the NV 126th Naval Sapper Regt detachment wiped out over Christmas 1970, so going back into service, against them, seemed poetic.

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I like the 20 rounders mostly because they make the carbine more compact, lighter, and I think they look better on a carbine

 

plus the 20 rd mags are more reliable

When I served in Nam, we didn't have 30 round mags for anything except the Stoners we were field-testing. We were told that we could only put 18 rounds in the 20 round magazines or they would cause the weapon to malfunction.

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Here is my totally de-milled Stoner 63/63a. Reciever, barrel and gas tube have been cut and rewelded, solid block welded into the reciever. This is the classic Mk23 Mod O configuration. The other common config. was the 150rd. drum. How the weapon was configured was up to the individual SEAL.

I carried one of thise off and on with the M-60 for several months before we had to give the Stoners back. The picture below was taken in about April of 1967 of a combined Recon Team has J.J. Jones (KIA 3 Jul 68) in the front row on the right with the Stoner MG on a bipod the ground next to him. We didn't have any of the drum magazines and just used the plastic box mags. I seem to remember they were more square in shape (on the top and bottom) and only held 100 rounds; but I could be mistaken after over 43 years. To the best of my recollection, this was the only time we wore helmets and flak jackets in the field.

 

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post-532-1182298679.jpgpost-532-1182298732.jpgSome SEALs carried their Stoners without a buttstock. Also, I have a few pics of SEALs from both Teams 1 and 2 using the wire buttstock, wasn't very common though.

We sometimes removed the butt stock altogether but I don't think we had any wire stocks. Perhaps I just never saw any but I don't recall anyone on our team using a wire stock.

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Shot these pics at the Vietnam War Remnants Museum (Saigon) last year...

 

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Lovely. The photo of the sniper team pointing across the display case to the image of a mother and child is less than subtle propaganda.

 

But it is always interesting to see what they have on display... even with the spin.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Here are some of my Nam guns. Some of the rarest things in the pic are the XM148 grenade launcher, Sionics M-14 suppressor, and the scope by the M-16 is one of the AR-TEL scopes made by Jim Leatherwood with a 5.56 reticle. Jim told me he only made about 3 dozen of these and all went to Vietnam. One of them is pictured in Senich's book "The Long Range War."

 

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Mercy, Momil! I've seen organizational arms rooms with fewer weapons. I don't envy you keeping up the oiling and maintenance on this armory of yours.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Mercy, Momil! I've seen organizational arms rooms with fewer weapons. I don't envy you keeping up the oiling and maintenance on this armory of yours.

I would love nothing more than sitting down with a wonderful Cheteau Real #9 Maduro and a big bottle of oil and spend a whole weekend oiling those babies.

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