By Mike Chappell
The clash in South Africa from 1899 to 1902 gave the British army institution cause to impact fast reforms within the interval which the tip of the hostilities. The humiliating defeats suffered by the hands of a relatively small variety of Boer citizen-soldiers within the beginning months of the warfare confirmed up deficiencies in management, education and kit. In a significant other quantity to Men-at-Arms 107: British Infantry Equipments 1808-1908, Mike Chappel examines the interval from 1908-80 in a textual content complemented through a variety of illustrations together with 8 complete web page color plates via the writer himself.
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5in barrel and a conventional magazine tube holding six rounds. The shotgun’s design and its easily operated cocking handle allowed the action to be cycled manually when “less-lethal” anti-riot rounds,5 which would not cycle the semiautomatic action, were used. The XM1014 was also designed for extreme reliability with various redundant features such as dual gas ports, pistons, and cylinders. It could also be disassembled for maintenance with no tools. An adjustable “Ghost Ring” (large fast-acquisition aperture) and front post offer good sighting capability, and there is a Picatinny rail for mounting optical sights.
The M26 MASS employs a straight-pull bolt action and takes three- or five-round detachable box magazines. The unit may be detached from the carbine or rifle and with a stock added can function as a stand-alone shotgun as well. With Mossberg slide-actions, Benelli M1014 semiautomatics, and M26 MASS units in their armories, US military units have a versatile array of shotguns to perform their missions. More than a century after US troops acquired slide-action M97s to fight Moro terrorists, the United States continues to find the shotgun a valuable weapon against 21st-century terrorists.
Shotguns were again used for this mission in Korea where they also proved effective at close quarters against Chinese infiltrators or human-wave attacks. Shotguns were also used to defend command posts and supply dumps in Korea. As with other infantry weapons used during the Korean War, the shotguns were those that had been used during World War II. In Vietnam, US troops once again found themselves involved in a jungle war where the shotgun was a highly effective weapon. The Marines made good use of the M12 Trench Guns they had deployed for decades.