Brig. Gen. James E. Rogers, commanding general of the Joint Munitions Command at Rock Island, Ill., approved the full materiel release of the M-1030 12-gauge shotgun breaching cartridge in late 2007.
“The M-1030 is an anti-material cartridge designed to be used for defeating wooden doors (deadbolts, knobs and hinges) and padlock hasps,” said R. Ned DeWitt, product manager of crew served weapons with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. “The cartridge is functional with the Mossberg 500/590 and the Remington 870 shotguns. The cartridges will be tested in the XM62 Modular Accessory Shotgun System as part of the product qualification testing for the weapon.”
The round is designed to cut down on the number of fragments scattered by current breaching, normally 00 Buckshot. I guess I thought that they already had specialized breaching rounds. I sure wouldn’t want to hold the muzzle of a 12-gauge up to a locked door and pull the trigger on a load of 00 Buckshot.
Anyway, don’t miss this bit:
The M-1030 is a Soldier-enhancement program that uses commercial-off-the-shelf technology. The first requirement was approved by the U.S. Army Infantry Center in 1997.
It took 11 years for a COTS program to come up with a new shotgun round in the middle of a war. I’m glad they didn’t decide to design this thing from scratch. By the time they got it right it would have been made obsolete by wrist-mounted laser cutters.