Agents of SHIELD’s Shotgun Axe: Obscure Object of Desire?

Mack's shotgun ax (courtesy

I am not now nor have I ever been a Marvel comic geek. Fan? Whatever. The whole superhero thing leaves me cold, especially when every movie ends with an epic (read interminable) fight scene where the good guys/Israeli chick win. I might be wrong about that . . .

I gave up on Marvel movies and TV a while ago. So the following from (great bike BTW) falls on my stone deaf ears:

In the premiere of the show’s third season, Mack journeyed with Daisy Johnson to recruit Lincoln Campbell for the spy agency’s Secret Warriors program. During their pitch, the three are attacked by the Inhuman Lash, whereupon Mack makes the offhand remark that begins it all. “I need a bigger gun, or my ax… maybe a shotgun/ax combination of some sort.” . . .

We got our first look at the Shotgun Axe when Mack had to Dead Rising one out of his dad’s old shotgun and the butcher knife in his brother’s house. It was clear that this was going to be a slow burn, as the question changed from whether the Shotgun Axe would be a thing to when it would be a thing . . .

Like the Agents themselves, the Shotgun Axe has been through a lot over the last two years, from slicing up duplicitous LMDs to trying to dispose of evil ghosts. It even briefly made its way into space during the first half of the current season where it got to do what few weapons can dream of: Kill mindless aliens in space and impale an alien tyrant.

How great is that? Not so great that I want one. At all. You?


  1. avatar Free says:

    That doesn’t seem practical…
    What’s worse is I’m now stuck thinking of ways to make it practical.

    1. avatar hillbillyjew says:

      Haha. I think the practical option is a bayonet, right?

      1. avatar Pat says:

        Well you can’t split firewood with a bayonet…

        On a more serious note I would be concerned that repeated use of the shotaxe as an axe would risk deforming the barrel.

        1. avatar hillbillyjew says:

          Ha. And you can’t chop firewood with a broken handle. Well, I can’t.

          I’d wager that Axeberg would be sure to suffer a more terrible fate than a deformed barrel. And in less time than repeated used. But even a Mossberg could handle a bit of Stabby McStabingutensile.

        2. avatar Southern Cross says:

          The US Army did field trial a “trowel bayonet” to allow troops to dig quick defensive positions. Although I do wonder if the rifle’s bore was plugged with dirt afterwards.

          A SMLE with the pre-WWI long bayonet or a Mauser with the attached blade bayonet may be more practical.

          A shotgun axe comes under the heading of a Hollywood w**ker weapon. Not even in the “awesome but impractical” category. Too many problems and not enough solutions.

        3. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

          SC, I don’t bel;ieve the trowel bayonet was intended to be left on the rifle for digging.

        4. avatar Southern Cross says:

          According to “Forgotten Weapons” it was. The handle was a socket type attachment like the Mosin-Nagant 91/30 bayonet.

        5. avatar Rusty Chains says:

          On the subject of trowel bayonets, I have seen several of those dating from the time of the US Civil War at the Fuller gun Museum, which I highly recommend if you are ever in the North Georgia area headed south from Chattanooga on I-75. It is located at the North End of the Chattanooga Chickamauga National Battlefield. I highly recommend giving yourself a few hours to see it, if guns of that era are of interest to you.

        6. avatar Hannibal says:

          No, according to ‘forgotten weapons’ it was NOT intended to be left on the barrel, because that would be stupid.

          …but troops did it anyway, because, well yeah.

    2. avatar Nigel the expat says:

      Totally better if it had a shoulder thing that goes up. Without that, its just too front heavy.

  2. avatar Stagesmith says:

    Easy enough to build, but you would have to reinforce the hell out of the magazine tube or it would crumple.
    Since a lot of pump shotguns have removable barrels you would have to also strengthen that connection.

    1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

      If it’s a Mossberg it has an aluminum receiver.

      I see no good coming from mounting an axe to your shotgun. Even in a hollywood fantasy.

  3. avatar Pat H says:

    A very obscure object of desire.

  4. avatar OmnivorousBeorn says:

    Cap fan, but neither an axe nor shotgun guy. So, nope.

  5. avatar former water walker says:

    Marvel weirdness. Fantasy item. Agents of Shield HAS gotten better but I’m thinking it’s run it’s course after Infinity War. And I started buying Marvel comics in 1964…

  6. avatar Isaac says:

    Reenforce the barrel/mag/heat shield… and I wouldn’t use a bearded axe (or reverse the blade so it’s a really fat bayonet)… and probably add a stock.

    But other than that it could be a cool TV weapon.

  7. avatar VaqueroJustice says:

    Ok, I can get into gadget weapons as gadget weapons,
    or range toys. I can get behind oddities, and can see value
    where others cannot. I can like and even buy things just because
    they are awesome or cool.

    This thing, as seen, simply will not work very well as an axe or a shotgun.
    If it could, or it did, I’d be all over some version of it, just because it is awesome.

    Now, If there were a decent bayonet system for the Mossberg shockwave,
    That would be nice.

  8. avatar Cadeyrn says:

    We may not be terribly keen on linking to other sites, but there’s a really nice and authentic axe-gun here:

  9. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    I have a bayonet at the end of my mossberg 590. I love it!!!

  10. avatar Jimmy W Immel says:

    I still want my pump action shovel from Scary Movie 3.

  11. avatar Joel says:

    Ok. I’ll confess. I love both the character Mack and his shotgun axe.

    Who cares if it’s practical? It’s agents of shield for crying out loud. The whole thing is built out of b rated marvel characters.

  12. avatar Jon in CO says:

    If it was actually useable, I could hack some tree limbs, maybe split some logs with it, I’d buy the ever living crap out of it. Some weird infatuation I have with bearded weapons, might be my Scandinavian blood.

    Either way, Mossberg, if you’re watching, make it work. I’m a buyer.

  13. avatar barnbwt says:

    Okay, a really short Terminator-style whippet shotgun with a hatchet/hawk style vertical foregrip spike thing *could* be cool, but you also might lose an eye twirl-loading it

    From a auto-burglar super-shorty standpoint, it would make a little more sense than a bayonet, and essentially turn the little thing into a slashing tool

  14. avatar Gralnok says:

    I’ve never been all that into shotguns, but I can appreciate a good axe.
    That said, this combination makes me want both. In that configuration. I don’t care if I don’t need it, I want it. Someone, anyone, make it happen! If we can put a revolver inside a knife, then why not an axe at the end of a beefed up shotgun?

  15. avatar GlenSA says:

    How about a shotgun/hammer for thor

  16. avatar knightofbob says:

    I’ve seen that attachment before. Apparently, it didn’t even ship sharp. Either an expensive gag product, or they were hoping it would find use as a prop. If the latter, mission accomplished, I guess?

  17. avatar Will says:

    Keegan Michael Key looks like a badass in that picture

    1. avatar Bill From yonder says:

      LOL…Thanks for the spit take!

  18. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    Marvel gets to produce and broadcast an hour-long commercial about their superhero movie collection every week … and gets paid for both.

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