Armscor VR80 semi-auto Shotgun, rock island vr80, lead

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 VR80 Specs

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Finish: Black Anodized
Action: Semi-Auto
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
Safety: Manual
Receiver: Black Aluminum with Picatinny Rail
Chamber: 3
Chokes: Three Choke Tubes (Mod, IC, Full) Mobil Thread
Butt Plate: Black Rubber Recoil Pad

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