101st Airborne's 'Strike' Brigade 1st Army Unit Issued M26 Shotgun
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 standalone firearm. The M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System is the latest combat enhancer in Strike's arsenal.
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is the first unit in the Army selected to be issued this new weapons system
"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, or PMSW, 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," he said.
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.
After the "hand-over" ceremony, the weapons were issued to Strike's engineer company, Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion and Strike's military police with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd BSTB. For three days, under the guidance of PMSW, the Strike Soldiers learned how to assemble, maintain, repair and effectively fire their new weapons.