NCO Sgt. Kerry Proffitt likes the new M26 12-Gauge Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS). At least in theory. “This may come in handy as an attachment to the M-4 for non-lethal purposes,” the Missouri National Guardsman told pulaskicountydaily.com. “That way we can maneuver quickly between non-lethal and lethal ammunition — use the shotgun for non-lethal and the rifle for lethal purposes . . . We can breach through a door real fast and then use our rifles. We can also use the shotgun for its scatter shot ability, in case there are multiple targets in one general area.” Yes well, some of you may wondering why we didn’t put the MASS in our What Could Possibly Go Wrong category. (Or will do once you make the jump and see the weapon attached to the mothership.) Quite simply, the Mossberg 500 Chainsaw got there first. Speaking of Mossberg . . .
Spc. T.J. Hubbert, who lives in Ballwin, is a veteran of three deployments during his more than eight years in the Guard. He said he’s used the Mossberg 500 pump action 12-gaugue shotgun while in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“I think the M-26 is better,” Hubbert said. “If you need a shotgun, the Mossberg is a second weapon that you have to carry. But with this one, you attach it, and you have both. This one is also a little bit lighter.”
Having the push-pull action as opposed to a pump action also is faster for firing, according to Hubbert.
Using the M-26 as an attachment should require more training, Hubbert said, and Soldiers who are assigned the shotgun, should qualify with their M-4s with the attachment on.
“If you are used to shooting an M-4 when it’s light and you put that attachment on it and you’ll hold it differently too, that will throw some people off on how they shoot the M-4,” he said.
Deployment is set for this year.