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Marines introduce breaching shotgun upgrade

20th March 2017 - 06:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley

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The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has introduced an upgrade to its currently-fielded Mossberg M500A2 pump-action shotguns, which optimise the weapons for ballistic door breaching operations.

The shotguns are currently fielded to USMC reconnaissance, security forces, military police, explosive ordnance disposal and special operations units.

Designated as the Military Enhancement Kit (MEK), the new upgrade package from Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) transforms those shotguns into more compact and versatile weapons that are designed to shoot the locks off of doors during a ballistic breach.

The MEK gives marines a shorter, vented breaching barrel and three interchangeable buttstock attachments: a

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