The new Armscor VR80 is something special. But before we get there, we need to look at modern shotguns. In the world of shotguns, you have two common formats: Pump actions and semi-autos. In the latter category, you’re most likely to see traditional-looking models from companies like Benelli, Beretta or Remington. Then there are those competitors who prefer a bit more speed and capacity on board, so they opt for AK-pattern guns like the Saiga-12.
The missing link has always been a semi-auto shotgun with the AR-15’s ergonomics and modularity. Some shooters have gotten into the MKA 1919 for that reason, but it’s a bit old school.
The Armscor VR80 Semi-Auto
Then there’s the new VR80, available through Rock Island Armory through Armscor. It represents a dramatic rethinking of semi-auto shotguns; because it’s an AR first and a shotgun second. The controls and styling are all similar to a modern AR-15’s, but with a bolt-mounted charging handle on the right side.
The gas-operated VR80 uses upper and lower receivers made from 7075-T6 aluminum, takes 2.75- or 3-inch shells, and also comes with flip-up sights. The 20-inch barrel has a protective shroud to keep it from being dented (we’re looking at you 3-Gunners), and the lower receiver is compatible with most commercial AR-15 buffer tubes, stocks and pistol grips, so you can make it your own.
The VR80 also comes with a five-round detachable magazine. However, it also accepts nine- and 19-round aftermarket magazines as well. What’s not to like? Lastly is MSRP, which comes in at $699. For even more info, please visit Armscor.com.
Armscor VR80 Specs
|Stock:||Black Thumbhole Fixed Stock with Pistol Grip|
|Front Sight:||Folding Post|
|Rear Sight:||Folding Adjustable|
|Barrel Length:||20 inches|
|Overall Length:||40 inches|
|Overall Weight:||8.27 pounds|
|Capacity:||5+1 Detachable Magazine|
|Receiver:||Black Aluminum with Picatinny Rail|
|Chokes:||Three Choke Tubes (Mod, IC, Full) Mobil Thread|
|Butt Plate:||Black Rubber Recoil Pad|