SHOT Show 2019 Guns: Armscor VR80 Shotgun

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posted on January 24, 2019
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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 series with several redesigned components including a newly designed hand guard, as well as upper and lower receivers that are constructed entirely of aluminum. From the Armscor webpage:

“The VR80 12-gauge shotgun is unmatched. This gas-operated semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun has an upper and lower receiver constructed from 7075-T6 aluminum. 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 blasting targets. It's magazine fed with 5+1 round capacity of 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch shells. Its capability and versatility make the VR80 a clear leader in semi-automatic mag fed shotguns for a fraction of the price.”

For those familiar with the VR60 series, the cosmetic and functional upgrades that are incorporated into the VR80 are readily apparent. The most noticeable of which is a completely redesigned hand guard that features M-Lok mounting slots, as well as forward Picatinny rail sections at 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 front and 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 tube stocks, and pistol grips”. This should allow end users to configure the VR80 very similarly to how they prefer their standard modern sporting rifle, to be configured. That, coupled with the location of the safety, 
and the magazine release, make the VR80 for all practical purposes, a side-charging AR-15 that happens to be chambered for 12 gauge. MSRP for the VR80 is $699.

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