After over a year of additional testing and tweaking, the U.S. Army is buying large quantities (over 10,000) of the M26 12 Gauge Modular Accessory Shotgun Systems (MASS). The M26 weighs less than three pounds (2 pounds, 11 ounces) and has a five round magazine. The M26 is a 16.5 inch long, 12 gauge shotgun and can be operated right or left handed. It fires solid shot for blasting open closed doors, or lower velocity, non-lethal (most of the time) rubber slugs for dealing with hostile crowds. A stand-alone version weighs 4 pounds, 3 ounces, and is 24 inches long (with the attached stock collapsed).
I’ve kind of been wondering where this thing was. I knew some went to the combat zones and never heard another word.
I’m not sure what the advantage of using this as a stand-alone is over just using a standard shotgun. The M26 uses a bolt cocking system rather than a pump (or semi-auto) so if a soldier is going to be issued a shotgun, why not give him a real one?
As far as mounting on a rifle, I think it makes a lot of sense to have this available.