John R. Stemple was born July 8th, 1949, in Elkins West Virginia, to the
late John W. Stemple Sr. and his German war bride Annemarie L. Stemple (Zchalig). During his early life, he and the young Stemple family traveled across the
United States to different Air Bases where his father was stationed.
In 1958 John Sr. received orders for a three year tour of Japan and Korea.
The family elected to stay in the U.S. and wait for John Sr. to return.
They purchased a seven acre lot in rural Hernando County Florida and started a
At age 12, his father being away John assumed the man of the house
roll, John was presented a
Winchester Model 37, single shot, .20 gauge shotgun, bought at the local
feed store. This was to protect the farm stock from the various
critters that inhabited the area at the time. Little did they
know a life long passion was born.
Wearing an Uncles war trophy.
After his Asian stint, John Sr. returned and a new round of travel
followed. Eventually the family settled outside of Columbus Ohio at
Lockbourne Air Force Base (now Rickenbacker), where John Jr. attended The
Ohio State University and received a Bachelors degree in business and
accounting. During his college years, John paid his way by serving in
the National Guard, working at the Base Commissary, and buying and selling
guns at local shows. John also started experimenting with various silencer
designs and developing his machine shop skills.
Shooting his favorite, the BAR
John became a small arms
and other machine guns left over
from WWII. In 1985 John designed a tube gun modeled after the Carl Gustav and S&W
76, in .45 caliber and produced 2000 receivers and parts and licensed them
before the 1986 NFA Law was passed.
In 1987 he moved his operation to Utica Ohio and expanded his machine
shop facility. Over the years as John assembled and sold almost 1000
of his Stemple Model 76/45 machine guns, he refined the design and produced
a 9mm version, as well as upgraded pistol grip and stocks.
In 2002 he met Brian Poling. They collaborated on various designs, and
came up with the innovative STG (Stemple Takedown Gun) concept. Today
BRP Corporation produces 7 different configurations of the STG.
In 2005 John was diagnosed with Polymyositis, an auto immune disease.
He passed away February 17, 2007 at the young age of 57.
John grew up during the era of
Jimmy Stewart and
Chuck Connors. He was a huge fan of
Elmer Keith and
O'Connor. Although never a hunter (he loved animals
especially dogs), he was an enthusiastic target
shooter, shooting long guns, handguns, shotguns, sub guns and machine guns. John was an avid chemist,
machinist, reloader, photographer, historian, collector and lover of anything
that went bang. He was a huge contributor to the Class III community and
many Class III weapons carry his pedigree. This site is dedicated to his life work and the memories
of his family
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