Army Issues M26 MASS (Modular Accessory Shotgun System)

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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.

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  • OmegaDR OmegaDR on May 06, 2012

    I'm curious. Aside from door breaching and guard duty, what other specific tactical situation have you used a shotgun in A-stan or Iraq?
    It seems to me a Saiga type autoloader would be superior to any tube feed magazine shotgun.

  • Immortality72 Immortality72 on Nov 02, 2012

    They seem to have worked out all the bugs to my satisfaction. Put about 200 rds through it so far. Crazy spread at 10 meters (beach ball) way more useful than our old 500's and shorter. I'm gonna carry mine stand alone, but I'm keeping the mount on my M4 to mount it. Only takes 10 seconds to pull it of, and about a minute to put the stock on. It's about all you need for a fighting shotgun in real world city fighting.