Skip to comments.Fort Campbell’s Strike First Unit in Army Issued M26 Shotgun
Posted on 02/15/2012 7:06:30 PM PST by smokingfrog
Fort Campbell, KY It weighs 3.5 pounds, has a barrel length of 7.75 inches, fires 12-gauge shells and can be mounted on the M4 carbine or act as a stand alone firearm; it is the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the first unit in the Army to be issued the combat enhancer.
This is a new capability that is now in your hands for you to conduct your mission downrange, said Col. Scott C. Armstrong, with Project Manager Soldier Weapons, during a presentation ceremony held at Fort Campbells Strike Academy, February 7th. This is a big day, not just for the 2nd Brigade, but for the Army.
Picatinny Arsenal-based PMSW is a group that supports Soldiers through the development, production, fielding and sustainment of current and future weapons systems. PMSW fielded the M26 MASS to the 2nd BCT, also known as the Strike Brigade due to the units profile and future deployment schedule.
Were glad to be the first unit to put this weapon to work and there is an appreciation for all that goes into this, said Col. Dan Walrath, the Strike commander, while holding the new Strike Shotgun.
After the hand-over ceremony, the weapons were issued to Strikes engineer company, Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion and Strikes military police with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd BSTB. For three days, under the guidance of PMSW, the Strike Soldiers learned how to assemble, maintain, repair and effectively fire their new weapons.
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This could be useful for when the Baraqqi hordes start roaming after election day Nov 2012.
A 12 gauge barrel under 8 inches” Must have great muzzle velocity.
I have a birthday in June
Just in case you were wondering what to get me.
That’s gotta be a 16 lb. weapon, fully loaded!
Want one like now.
Anyone have insights on legalities of attaching one to an NFA SBR?
Not to be too cynical, but I wonder how long before these are pointed at American citizens? The para military SWAT teams probably can’t wait to get their hands on these.
After they track us down with drones, they’ll need to subdue us.
Is the the modern replacement for a bayonet?
Looks like a gimmick to me. Maybe it’s useful to breach a door occasionally?
Forget that thing, they should be issuing the AA12 full auto 12 guage shotgun to someone in the squad instead.
When there are too many, too close for single projectile shooting! I bet the pattern is five feet at five feet.
Yep, great for a twelve foot room, beyond that they may get pissed.
“It’s zombie killin’ time, boys!”
Dumb idea. It should be a separate weapons system, not slung under an M4.
” It weighs 3.5 pounds, has a barrel length of 7.75 inches, fires 12-gauge shells “
Kick like a back-country mule, and an effective range measured in feet - maybe a bit more with flechettes...
Boy. that’s really going to be an effective combat weapon...
If you ask me (you didn’t), it looks like a giant waste of money ruining the accuracy potential (among other things) of a rifle that was only marginaly effective to begin with.
Not much use at a 1000 yards.
That wasn't true in WWI, wasn't true in 1934, 1938, or today.
It can be configured as separate weapon as well.
The muzzle flash will dazzle everybody within 20’ at night.
I doubt there’s much of a flash signature!- but that’s likely not much of an issue...
I do wonder just how much you can choke that barrel down safely? The feds won’t let me perform such a set of experiments without expensive (unConstitutional) permitting.
I want one of course, but that’s one heck of a gas block mess. I’m sure it will be refined and improved.
By the way SF, can you ID the rear flip-up sight on that M4?
That’s what I need right now!!
Or relax ROE big time
Ha! You know what I shoot and any Mosin carbine will out do it!
What next, a Ma Deuce hanging off of the mouse gun?
I believe the original concept of the M16 was a lightweight assault rifle so the soldier could carry lots of ammo.
Not any more!
I was speaking with a vet yesterday who just returned from the sandbox. He told me that his body armor with a full ammo load in the integral mag pouches weighed 85 lbs. I could carry that for about 15 minutes IF I could find a vest that would fasten around by 12 pack abs...
Yes, but it’s so gloriously ugly...
“That wasn’t true in WWI, wasn’t true in 1934, 1938, or today. “
Trench clearing or room clearing. Useful in warfare.
What’s wrong with normal issuing 12Ga pumps?
They’ve got at least a half million of them in storage.
Duct taping that sucker onto a normal weapon is downright stupid.
It’s a directional hand grenade.
A Mosin will overpenetrate 4” thick tilt-up concrete walls AND dazzle anybody within 20’.
I kinda like that.
My sentiments exactly; looks more like it was designed for urban warfare or crowd control to me.
If ya miss the target, you will probably incinerate it anyway, at close range!
Like Admiral Yamamoto said, "...behind every blade of grass..."
I have to admit I sold my Mosin M44, but I have a better example of a 91/59 carbine! Fireball city!
Attached to the M4, it’s a 10 lb. weapon, and the flash hider looks to be top-vented only which would reduce muzzle climb. I’ve tried out Winchester’s military grade buckshot loads, and it isn’t really hard-kicking stuff. It’s about like a 1- 1/4 oz pheasant load.
I’m not sure what that is.
Looks like it could be a Wilson Combat or GG&G BUIS.
Bravo Company (BCM) makes a nice one too.
I use a Daniel Defense fixed sight with my Eotech and it doesn’t bother me at all.
When are the AA-12 shotguns going to be finally deployed?
I want to get my hands on one of them.
Most likely it would require it's own tax stamp as a SBS.
Me Likey !!
Forgot to mention, if you ever watched Sons of Guns, one of their first projects was the "Master Key," consisting of a cut down Saiga Shotgun mounted under an AR-15. It's available for sale at Red Jacket Firearms.
Should work well if you’re on point in close quarters against anyone without armor.
Here’s to hoping that the plan is to deploy it outside the US.
Actually, that is a popular misconception. A 12 ga out of 7 in will pattern well at 15 and even 20 yards. The 12 ga round is optimized at 12 inches. It is not like a rifle round that benefits from extra barrel length. It is doing all that it needs to at 12 inches and a little less barrel length does not have a dramatic drop off like a rifle either.
I have shot a friends serbu super shorty and was amazed. Interestingly, the 3 in 00 had a greater spread than 2 3/4 00. Not worth the extra money or kick. He is still doing penetration testing BUT I would have no hesitation using one out to 20 yards. Aiming it is the hard part, but the load does exactly what it does out of a 18 in barrel for most bad guy distances.
Could have sworn I saw this on Sons of Guns last year.
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