MAUL (weapon)

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MAUL shotgun, mounted under a Colt Law Enforcement Carbine above and standalone below
Type Shotgun
Place of origin  Australia
Production history
Manufacturer Metal Storm
Variants accessory weapon, standalone
Weight 0.8 kilograms (1.8 lb)

Cartridge 5 round stacked projectile munition tube
Caliber 12 gauge (proprietary)
Action semi automatic
Feed system Superposed load

The Multi-shot Accessory Underbarrel Launcher, or MAUL, is a semi-automatic shotgun formerly manufactured by defunct Brisbane-based company Metal Storm.[1] It is able to fire a range of loads; buckshot, slug, door-breaching slugs, and less-lethal blunt-force loads are preloaded in 5 round "stacked projectile" munition tubes. With a 12-gauge bore and weighing less than 800 grams (1.8 lb), it is designed to be used as an underslung module of a combat rifle such as M4 or M16, but may be used as a standalone.[2][3]


  •  Papua New Guinea: As of 3 August 2010, Metal Storm have signed a contract with the Correctional Services Minister Tony Aimo to supply 500 standalone MAULs and 50,000 less-lethal barrels for use by correctional services officers.[1] As of January 2011, this contract was awaiting ratification from the PNG government.


  1. ^ a b "Metal Storm win multi-million contract". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "MAUL". Metal Storm website. Metal Storm Limited. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "MAUL – Multishot Accessory Underbarrel Launcher". Marines magazine. United States Marine Corps. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2010.