The Stoner LMG
is a light machine gun
system developed by Eugene Stoner
and manufactured by Knight's Armament Company
(KAC). It is also known as the KAC Stoner 96 LMG
to differentiate it from the earlier ArmaLite Stoner 63 LMG
and Ares Stoner 86 LMG
it is derived from.
The Stoner LMG is billed by KAC as the lightest 5.56mm
machine gun. It weighs 10 pounds with magazine and has a length of 35.25 inches. The Stoner LMG is belt-fed, gas operated, air-cooled, and fully automatic; firing at a rate of 550 rounds per minute.
Stoner designed the weapon as a replacement for the Stoner 63
. Neither weapons system gained much popularity as the FN Minimi
would become the LMG adopted by the United States
military, which dubbed the FN weapon the M249
. Currently, the weapon has seen only limited production which makes the Stoner LMG commonly used by private military contractors (PMC's) because of its compact size, weight.
A modified variant of the Stoner LMG is the Knight's Armament Company ChainSAW. This weapon has the ergonomics of a Chainsaw hence the name and is basically a show-off piece rather than a serious issue weapon.