The Dutch Ministry of Defence has issued a tender for the procurement of hundreds of new shotguns for its armed forces.
According to Tenders Electronic Daily—the site where all EU tenders get posted—the MoD is calling for exactly 284 pump-action 12-gauge shotguns, as well as any additional spare parts, training and documentation. Interested parties have until Sept. 20 to submit proposals. On Oct. 25, the MoD will select the candidates.
As MilMag notes, the Dutch Armed Forces are currently equipped with the Mossberg M590DA1 shotgun. The gun is used in the Korps Commandotroepen special unit (KCT) in the Royal Netherlands Army; the 11th Airborne Brigade (11 Luchtmobiele Brigade), the Marine Corps (Korps Mariniers); and a few other select infantry units.
A visit to the Dutch MoD website reveals that the Mossberg M590DA1 in use is painted in flat dark earth, with a capacity of seven or eight shells. In addition, it has a black, five-position adjustable buttstock; pistol grip; sights; and an ambidextrous safety. It also fires regular shot, as well as tear gas, breach and training shells. It weighs in at 8.8 pounds empty.
The Dutch use the M590DA1 in breaching and close quarter applications.
Below, check out the specs, translated from the Dutch MoD’s website, on the M590DA1.
Dutch Mossberg M590DA1 Specs
- length: 1.16 meters (full)
- weight: 4 kilos (unloaded)
- caliber: 12 gauge (= 18.2mm)
- storage tube: 8 patterns of 7 centimeters (2.75 inches) or 7 cartridges of 7.6 centimeters (3 inches)
- pattern supply: pump mechanism
- aligning means: eye cap, grain
- tractor pressure: about 2.7 kilos
- type of flask: sliding flask (5 positions)
- effective range: about 30-40 meters (varies per type of ammunition)
- in use by: Korps Commandotroepen, Korps Mariniers, 11 Airmobile Brigade, infantry platoons
- Defense has two types: the camouflaged version and the Mossberg with pistol grip and sliding flask.
[h/t The Firearm Blog]