New For 2019, Armscor has released an upgrade to the company's VR line of box magazine-fed shotguns. The VR80 builds off of the previous VR60 serieswith several redesigned components including a newly designed handguard, as well as upper and lower receivers that are constructedentirely of aluminum. From the Armscor webpage:
“The VR80 12-gauge shotgun is unmatched. This gas-operated semi-automatic12-gauge shotgun has an upper and lower receiver constructed from 7075-T6aluminum. The VR80 offers familiar AR-15 ergonomics and controls so you don't need to re-train your mechanics when running 3 gun or out blastingtargets. It's magazine fed with 5+1 round capacity of 2 3/4-inch and 3-inchshells. Its capability and versatility make the VR80 a clear leader insemi-automatic mag fed shotguns for a fraction of the price.”
For those familiar with the VR60 series, the cosmetic and functionalupgrades that are incorporated into the VR80 are readily apparent. Themost noticeable of which is a completely redesigned hand guard thatfeatures M-Lok mounting slots, as well as forward Picatinny rail sectionsat the 12-, 3-, and 9-o’clock positions. This newly designed rail also features QD sling attachment points at 3 and 9 o’clock at both the frontand rear of the rail.
While the VR80 ships with an integrated thumbhole stock and grip,Armscor says the gun is compatible with “most commercial buffer tubestocks, and pistol grips”. This should allow end users to configure theVR80 very similarly to how they prefer their standard modern sportingrifle, to be configured. That, coupled with the location of the safety, and the magazine release, make the VR80 for all practical purposes, aside-charging AR-15 that happens to be chambered for 12 gauge. MSRP forthe VR80 is $699.