Strike First Unit in Army Issued M26 Shotgun

Thanks to 2 BCT/101st “STRIKE” PAO for posting a story on the first unit fielding of the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS). PEO Soldier’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons fielded the new shotguns to 2 BCT STRIKE at Fort Campbell, Ky., on February 7, 2012. Tests have determined the M26 to be the most reliable, durable, rugged shotgun in the Army inventory. The Strike Brigade kicked off a week of fielding, training, and range activities with a small ceremony to mark the milestone achievement.

FORT CAMPBELL’S STRIKE FIRST UNIT IN ARMY ISSUED M26 SHOTGUN
By Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd BCT PAO
FORT CAMPBELL, KY – 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.

“This is a new capability that is now in your hands for you to conduct your mission downrange,” said Col. Scott C. Armstrong, with Project Manager Soldier Weapons, during a presentation ceremony held at Fort Campbell’s Strike Academy, Feb. 7. “This is a big day, not just for the 2nd Brigade, but for the Army.”

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FORT CAMPBELL, KY – Sgt. Vincent Mennell, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the newly issued M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System at Fort Campbell’s Range 44b, Feb. 10. The 2nd BCT, also known as the Strike Brigade, is the first unit in the Army to be issued the future weapon. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Picatinny Arsenal-based PMSW is a group that supports Soldiers through the development, production, fielding and sustainment of current and future weapons systems. PMSW fielded the M26 MASS to the 2nd BCT, also known as the Strike Brigade due to the unit’s profile and future deployment schedule.

“We’re glad to be the first unit to put this weapon to work and there is an appreciation for all that goes into this,” said Col. Dan Walrath, the Strike commander, while holding the new Strike Shotgun….

Full story at http://bit.ly/M26FUE

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FORT CAMPBELL, KY – Sgt. Rhys McMahon, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the stand-alone version of the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System at Fort Campbell’s Range 44b, Feb. 10. After firing the weapon system McMahon said, “This would have helped us out quite a few times when we were in Afghanistan.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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