Clarksville online reports that the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division is the first unit to be issued the M26 MASS shotgun. The M26 is a bolt action magazine fed shotgun that can be used standalone or attached underneath an M4 barrel.
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.
“I can see this being very effective with the engineers for breaching and with the military police, especially since you can shoot ammunition that is non lethal,” said Sgt. Rhys McMahon, a combat engineer with Company A. “So far this is an amazing weapon; I’ve shot about 75 rounds and it works magnificently. This would have helped us out quite a few times when we were in Afghanistan.”
In 2010 the Army ordered 20,000 M26 shotguns from C-More Systems.