Today’s Picture is a rather odd firearm.
It has one of the largest charging handles I’ve ever seen, but there’s a good reason for that as you have to push the shotgun cartridge forward to chamber it.
The M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS) is the military version of C-More Systems Lightweight Shotgun System (known as the “Master Key”)
The developer is Ira M. Kay, also known for the C-More red dot sights used by many Open shooters (including myself). I saw him very recently at the IWA exhibition in Germany. Ira’s got quite a few interesting Patents, have a look here for instance.
In these pictures, it has been fitted with a pistol grip and collapsible stock to act as a stand-alone weapon.
The caliber is 12 gauge.
The sights are open indeed.
It can also be used as an under-barrel shotgun attachment for the M16/M4 family, like this, or stand-alone as pictured.
The operation is straight-pull bolt-action.
It comes with a 3 or 5 round detachable magazine.
The weight is 4 lb 3 oz, about 1.90 kg.
Here’s a video with the M26 MASS.
All photos by Thomas Alvarez, Idaho Army National Guard.
If you liked these pictures, you may also like the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System and the M107 Semi-Automatic Long Range Sniper Rifle in the same style. Soon we’ll have the M249 light machine gun (SAW) as well.