Let’s get some backstory first:
So I’ve recently came up with the idea of this combat support anti-zombie unit that’s dedicated towards fighting both human enemies and zombies (but mostly zombies (think of these zombies like the ones from The Walking Dead or World War Z (novel), except that they’re capable of going slightly faster and some of them are actually fairly intelligent)). The anti-zombie units mostly operate at the squad and platoon level for ease of maneuverability and speed. At the squad level, the squad is made up of 10 Troopers led by a Sergeant (E-5) and that squad is split into two fireteams each led by a Corporal (E-4). Everyone is equipped with an M16A5 with 20-round straight body magazines (in my world, the M16A5 is a legit rifle adopted by the entire US military).
Now onto my question:
I’ve recently toyed around with the idea of equipping one Trooper from each fireteam/two Troopers in a squad with some sort of shotgun so that they can act in a designated close-quarters combat (CQC) role. I’ve thought about equipping the designated CQC Trooper a Benelli M4 shotgun but I’ve also toyed around with giving them either a traditional Mossberg 500 or a tactical Mossberg 500. Maybe even an M26 MASS.
But would shotguns be practical against zombies? They pack a hell of a punch and seem like great CQC weapons but they’re also added weight since the Trooper who has a shotgun also has to have his or her M16 also (and it’s anti-zombie doctrine in my world to be as fast as possible).
So would they make sense to be issued out?