The Army’s New Shotgun- M26 MASS


The Army has began to issue the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS) to troops. The first to receive this new shotgun is the 2nd BCT of the 101st Airborne Division according to Clarksville Online . So what exactly is the M26?


It’s a 12 gauge shotgun that can be mounted underneath a M4 rifle or used as a standalone shotgun. Because it is magazine fed, it measures only 24 inches in standalone configuration and 16.5 inches underneath a M4. Its a “bolt action” meaning you have to pull the charging handle to the rear and then push it forward to chamber the round. Its pretty much a pump action but with a little handle on one side.

Is there a need to replace our Mossberg 500′s we currently have? Depends on who you ask I guess. Yeah I get that you are supposed to be able to transition from your breaching weapon to your primary weapon (M4), but is the cost worth it? I know our shotguns never leave the wire. Our machine gunners carry them around the COP and I have never had to use a shotgun to breach a door here in Afghanistan, atleast where I am.

The Army issued me a M320 grenade launcher. Same concept as the new M26 shotgun. You can use it underneath your M4 or you can use it standalone. I can tell you from experience, having anything mounted to the bottom of your rifle sucks. It becomes heavy very quickly, and makes it awkward to shoot effectively with your M4, so we use them in a standalone configuration.

In a standalone configuration, the “bolt action” will come into play. You will have to remove your hand (and therefore a good grip on the shotgun) to chamber the round and then return your hand making for slower and I am guessing less accurate shot groups then a traditional pump action. I know that this is not intended for direct use on enemy and made for breaching, but what if you need to use it as a direct force weapon?

I will say that the M26 in standalone configuration does look pretty good, but it looks absolutely horrible attached to the M4.

All This Ammo, How Do I Store It?

So you got all this ammo now that you have started saving it. Now you are asking yourself, how do I store it? Well my friends, here are some answers.

By far the 2 most common ways to safely store your ammo is in either ammo cans or a firearms safe. I love ammo cans. People do however use a bunch of other things such as jars, vacuum sealing them in bags, coffee cans, Tupperware, the list goes on and on. I am going to talk about ammo cans in particular, but the same ideas can be applied to whatever container you decide to use.

The enemy of your stored ammo is…..

It may seem as simple as just throwing your ammo into some ammo cans and calling it good. However, there are several elements that can have a huge negative effect on your ammo if you plan on storing them for awhile. If you store your ammo improperly you can cause duds and misfires. To prevent those from happening to your ammo stockpile, you need to minimize heat, humidity and moisture. Using an ammo can you can take these steps.

  1. Make sure you ammo can is free of holes, rust, dents and the hinge operates smoothly.
  2. Check the seal to make sure it is not dried out and does not have any cracks and missing sections.
  3. (OPTIONAL) Add a silicone based grease/lubricant to help the rubber gasket seal- beware of vasoline as it will eat away at the rubber.
  4. Add a desiccant packet to help absorb moisture in the can. You can take them out of shoe boxes and reuse them. They also sell some reusable desiccant packet that you just throw in the oven to renew them, or you can make your own desiccant packets for pretty cheap.
  5. Store your ammo can in a cool dry place. Try to limit its exposure to heat, dampness and dramatic temperature changes.
  6. Check up on it every few months to switch out the desiccant packet.

A tip I would recommend is that you write the date you stored the ammo on the box that way you can rotate your stock and keep your ammo fresh. You can also opt for the car gun safes which comes in small size and can be installed in your car quickly.

Here is a quick video I found on YouTube showing one way to setup an ammo can

In case you missed my earlier posts on this related topic, here is why you should stockpile ammo and how much ammo you should be stockpiling.

Gun Adapters To Fire .22LR In Your 12 Gauge Shotgun


I have a thing for multi-purpose/multi-use items and I have always had an interest in survival and being prepared for various situations that should arise. It might be my military background and love for the outdoors.

I keep ready to go a “go bag” prepared for my family containing clothes, packaged food, water, survival/first aid supplies. You just never know what is going to happen. Whether it is a natural disaster, the economy crashes, or the zombies start walking around.

I have been looking at single shot shotguns to purchase when I get back to the states to use as a survival/wilderness/hunting shotgun. Loving multi-purpose items I came across these shotgun adapters from


What is great about them is that you can take your single shot or break action double barrel and use these adapters to shoot various calibers of ammunition out of your 12 gauge shotgun. They currently offer adapters for your 12 gauge shotgun to shoot .22lr, .22mag, .45ACP, 38/357, .44 mag, .45 Colt, 9mm and 20 gauge. But for sake of this post, I am going to talk about the .22lr adapters.

Shoot .410 out of your 12 gauge

I am a huge fan of owning a .22lr firearm. They are easy to shoot (low recoil), ammunition is extremely cheap so you can buy plenty of it, and generally the firearms are reasonably priced. They can serve multiple uses from plinking, target practice, small game hunting, survival, and even self-defense (as a last resort firearm).

Using the adapters to fire .22lr in your 12 gauge shotgun is a great idea for those who hunt both large and small game, or in a survival situation to be able to shoot different calibers of ammunition should you come across it could save your life or feed your family.

Check out Dave Canterbury’s review on YouTube below. Dave is on Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and he is a survival expert. Listen to what he says because he takes a common sense approach to survival. Check out his over 450 videos on YouTube. There is alot to be learned from him if you are into survival/hunting/self-reliance.

I am ordering a few of these gun adapters to do some testing and also I am putting together a little project with them when I get back to the states, so check back for that.

Can You Fire a .50 BMG In A 12 Gauge Shotgun?


Would a .50 cal fit into a 12 gauge shotgun? What would happen if you try to shoot it? I am not sure why someone would have these questions, but hey why not right? I mean, if the shoe fits. Finding the right gun safe is very difficult, but we have reviewed the best-selling gun safes available in the market and recommended some top models for you according to their sizes and usability.

Now I am not saying you should start shooting .50 cal out of your shotgun, but it was interesting to know what would happen if you were so inclined to do so. If you are looking for some specific gun safes which are high end, we would recommend you to go with winchester gun safes which are value for money.

First off, will it even fit in the barrel of a 12 gauge?

Ok, so it fits. But will it fire and not cause you to die in the process?

Now, I really hope I should not have to say this, but don’t be stupid. Don’t shoot ammo in your shotgun not designed for it. Besides, I would not want to be on the backside of that shotgun when the .50 cal goes off. If you don’t die, I am sure it would be painful.

Is The Kel-Tec KSG A Good Shotgun?

When the Kel-Tec KSG appeared at the SHOT Show 2011, it was a strange and odd appearing shotgun. Appearances aside, how can you pass up a shotgun with 14+1 capacity and the ability to change between 2 different types of ammunition by simply sliding a lever to the other side in a total length of 26 inches? Well with all great new ideas, there are problems.

When the KSG was introduced in 2011 it suffered from a “dead” trigger. After you fired, if you still had your finger holding the trigger back and cycled the pump, the trigger would not reset and you would get a “dead” trigger.


Another rather significant issue was the placement of the action release lever. It was directly in front of the trigger guard and if you happen to have big fingers or bad placement, when you rack the slide back you could slam into your finger causing pain to you and the shotgun to possibly short stroke.

Fast forward to 2012 and Kel-Tec KSG has been improved by directly addressing the issues it previously had. Just a side note here, if the manufacturer listens to its customers and addresses and fixes the issues they are having, they are alright in my book.

This YouTube video shows you the differences between the original model and the new model of the KSG without the major flaw.

If you don’t want to watch the video here is the issues they address and fix with the new model

– Trigger reset is fixed now

The new action release can be reached easier

– Updated the action release bar- Instead of having to reach your finger around the trigger guard to reach the release, you can reach it by simply extending your finger straight across the trigger guard

– Added cutouts along the magazine tubes so you can see how much ammo you have left in each tube

– A quick release choke adapter is being worked on now

Now, one possible issue that has not been addressed is the lower rail. The top rail is made of metal, however the bottom rail is made of plastic.

Over at a reader had posted on their site saying that the bottom plastic rail had broken off within 10 shots of first firing it with a new fore-grip.

Now, this is the only time I have seen this problem posted on the internet. And being plastic, I am sure it was bound to happen sometime. But, at the same time it could just happen to be one lemon out of the lot.

This is a new issue that is being brought up. How Kel-Tec decides to answer it is any ones guess. It could just be a bad batch of plastic that got used and that would be the end of it. It could call for a material change, either a different type of plastic or change to metal. Who knows for sure.

The Kel-Tec KSG has caught my eye since the beginning. 14+1 capacity. Extremely short bullpup shotgun design only 26 inches long. The ability to switch between 2 different types of ammunition with only a flick of the switch and a rail on top to mount whatever type of optics you want.

I am not a fan of the bullpup design, but because of the functionality of this shotgun, it will have a place in my collection. However, I am going to hold off just a little bit longer to see what direction Kel-Tec is going to take this shotgun in before I buy one.

So, is the Kel-Tec KSG a good shotgun? Sure it has had it flaws and I am sure there will be a few more before all the kinks are worked out of it. But every firearm has issues when it first comes out, if these remaining flaws get addressed and fixed, the KSG has the potential to be a really great, fun and useful edition to your firearms collection.

Missing Shots? Could It Be Your Shot String?

Shot string is length of the pellet cloud measured from the very front pellet to the very last one as it moves through the air towards a target. A ton of people know about patterning and the concept behind it, but very few take the time learn about their shot string.

The easiest way to tell the differences between the two is patterning tells you where all the pellets are hitting, shot string tells you how long it takes for all the pellets to hit. Lets look a little deeper into the subject and see if your shot string is a problem and if you can improve your shot string.

Lets start with some of what affects your shot string- type of choke, pressures from firing and shot hardness/type of shot. Now all those factors determine the amount of deformation to the shot (shot that is no longer round like it was prior to firing). More shot deformation equals longer shot string, and that’s not good.


Type of Choke

If you run a cylinder bore (no choke) there is nothing at the end of the barrel for the shot to get forced through. If on the other hand you have a full choke, then the shot has to squeeze its way through the choke which can cause shot deformation and lengthen your shot string.

Pressures from firing

As the powder ignites and begins to propel the shot down the barrel with a massive amount of acceleration causing the shot at the back of the pack to get deformed (compressed) from the pressures.

Type of shot/hardness of the shot

This ties directly into the other 2 variables I talked about; soft shot will deform far more easily and affect your shot string. Take steel and tungsten iron pellets for example; they are significantly harder then lead and are not deformed by the rapid acceleration out of a gun barrel so you will have a better (shorter) shot string.

So how can you easily improve your shot string (and patterning)? Spend the extra change and get quality ammunition to use. Look for something that is made of hard shot (high antimony count), platted shot (copper or nickel) and steel shot. Try and avoid the cheap soft lead ones.The harder the shot= the less it will become deformed= the smaller the shot string and the better the pattern.

A quick, down and dirty way to compare shot deformation between types is to open up a shell and grab a couple pieces of shot, then grab some pliers (channel locks work great) and slowly squeeze the shot making note of how much pressure you used and how much it deforms. Then try the test on some other types and compare.