The Mossberg 500 Cruiser is a pump action tactical shotgun. It features a pistol grip and bead sight, and fires 12 gauge shotgun shells. They are owned by the Anomaly Research Centre for use when more firepower is needed.
The ARC Team usually used Electro Muscular Disruption Weapons, but when they were found to be ineffective against Giant Burrowing Insects, the team was forced to resort to conventional firepower. When Connor Temple, Abby Maitland, and Matt Anderson arrived at the scene of the incursion, Captain Hilary Becker distributed Glocks to Matt and Abby (keeping the shotgun for himself), and left Connor to make a 3-D model of the creature's burrows. Matt attempted to draw the creature above ground by using a lawn-mower to make vibrations, simulating potential prey, but the lawn mower died just before the insect was about to surface. Just at that moment, Connor finished the 3-D model, and ran back into the backyard, not knowing he had become the target. The burrowing insect erupted from the ground and grabbed Connor's legs. The other three opened fire on the insect, taking care not to hit Connor in the process. Becker pumped three or four slugs into the soft underbelly of the insect before it disappeared underground with Connor. However, he soon traded the shotgun for an EMD, as the weapon is not seen for the rest of the episode.
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