Infantry Weapons

Shotgun conversion kit should give Marines improved capability

23 March 2017

Key Points

  • The M500A2 requires no modification for reconfiguration
  • The new shotgun configuration will be useful in VBSS operations

The US Marine Corps is testing a new Marine Corps Systems Command Military Enhancement Kit (MEK) that will enable personnel to convert their M500A2 shotgun into a more compact weapon for use during breaching or visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations.

The converted shotguns will provide a number of benefits to marines. First and foremost, because the way the MEK is designed, it requires no modification to the M500A2. In fact the only new piece of kit the Marine Corps did buy was the MEK, Major Paul Gillikin, Special Purpose Weapons team lead in MCSC's Infantry Weapons Systems, told Jane's.

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