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Rock Island VR80 Rock Island VR80
Rock Island VR80 Rock Island VR80
  • Magazine-fed
  • M-LOK Rail
  • Lengthy break-in period
Editor’s Note:

The RIA VR80 is a gas-operated semi-automatic 12ga shotgun that offers familiar AR-15 ergonomics and controls for comfort. It is magazine-fed with a standard capacity of 5+1 and fires 2-3/4” and 3” shells. An M-LOK rail allows for easy mounting of accessories, making it the VR80 a versatile shotgun at a very reasonable price.

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Rock Island VR80 Specs

Barrel Length
20 in
Magazine Capacity
12 Gauge
Overall Length
39 in
8.27lbs / 3.75 kg
Flip up front & rear sights

Rock Island VR80 Features

5+1 magazine capacity
Polymer fixed thumbhole stock
20" barrel
Flip-up front and rear sights
Gas-operated semi-automatic action

By The Numbers - Rock Island VR80

Point it at what you need to hit and it’ll get there within shotgun range.
Low powered birdshot resulted in a few failures to feed before the 500-round break in period was reached. Reliability was great after 300 rounds.
The VR80 allows for the easy attachment of accessories including lights, optics, and lasers due to the rail system. Additionally, you can utilize any AR stock and pistol combo.
It’s basically an AR-15 ergonomically. More than that it’s one that utilizes advanced control like a side charging upper, ambidextrous controls, and a thin but strong and comfortable to grip rail.

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final verdict

“The VR series are some really fun guns. These guns are an absolute blast. As far as box-fed semi-auto shotguns go they are reliable, simple to operate and affordable. The VR series seems to be growing quickly and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw at least one more by the end of this year.” – Travis Pike

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