So it sounds like the military is finally discovering what so many have known for so long, the poodleshooter ain't a high powered firearm.
American troops are testing a 12 gauge automatic shotgun in Iraq. The Auto Assault 12 (AA12) has a rate of fire of 300 rounds per minute and uses either an 8-round box magazine or a 20 round drum magazine. Recoil on the system has been reduced to that of a light rifle, due to a sophisticated recoil system. The low rate of fire makes it possible to easily fire bursts of one, two, or three shots and is capable of using and mixing all types of 12 gauge ammunition, from shot to solid slugs, as well as non-lethal rounds. Allegedly, Iraqi insurgents have little respect for the M4 rifle and the 5.56mm round, but they fear shotguns.
New guns and all are pretty cool, but it seems to me we could remedy this problem by resorting back to the wonderful M1/M14 in the manly 7.62x51 mm NATO (.308 Winchester). No one on the receiving end has ever had "little respect" for the .308.
Of course, if they are in close quarters combat and need something a bit shorter, Springfield also makes that sweet little SOCOM