You can practically smell the gunpowder in this intense Marine Corps photo

You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine … Continued

You can practically smell the gunpowder in this intense Marine Corps photo

You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.

Sgt. Brandon Bourque, a Marine photographer with U.S. Central Command's Marine-led crisis response task force, captured the intense and, dare I say, insanely cool shot on Jan. 18 of a Marine lance corporal blasting a Mossberg M590A 12-gauge shotgun during training in Kuwait.

Our friends at Military Times' Outpost first spotted the photo.

Bourque uploaded an entire gallery of photos that showed more of the non-lethal training exercise, with Marines setting up in a Spartan-like phalanx of riot shields before throwing out pepper grenades and others firing a non-lethal sting grenade out of a shotgun.

The Corps has been using the standard Mossburg 500-series of shotguns since at least the 1980s, according to The Drive, as well as the Remington 870. The service uses shotguns mainly in a breaching role, although they can also fire rounds filled with non-lethal balls that will certainly ruin someone's day but won't kill them.

The Marines in the photos are from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, based out of Twentynine Palms, California.

Paul Szoldra

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