A "M5 Cranker" (short for "Mark 5 Cranker") is a type of high-tech sawn-off shotgun used by the US Army for short range combat.[1]


In the wake of the devastating Alien-Earth War, Captain Alexandra Kozlowski of the US Army led her 69th Platoon on a mission to clear out a Xenomorph infestation in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

As they entered the cramped confines of the hive itself, Captain Kozlowski instructed two soldiers armed with M5 Cranker shotguns to take point.



  1. David Bischoff. Aliens: Genocide (novel), p. 11 (1993), Bantam Spectra.
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