POTD: The M500 12 Gauge Shotgun in Afghanistan

    M500 12 Gauge Shotgun

    Photo Of The Day: It’s been over a year, so we hear very few things from Afghanistan. These images were taken in 2014, in the¬†Helmand province, and we see U.S. Marines 3/7 in a shooting competition with various firearms.¬†Above you see U.S. Marine Corps Capt. James Covey, commanding officer, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7), as his M500 12 gauge shotgun spits fire. The pump-action Mossberg 500 (M500) is made by O.F. Mossberg & Sons and has been in service since 1987. It was designed in 1961 by Carl Benson.

    Below: The M9 under recoil.

    The M4 service rifle in action at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William Rollins, data network supervisor with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7), fires an M9 service pistol on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    Check back tomorrow again for more interesting images.


    Photos by Cpl. James Mast, Regional Command Southwest.

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