Rock Island Armory’s Rocking New 12 Gauge – Epic Shoot 2021

The new Rock Island Armory VRF14 is a 14” barreled 12 gauge that technically isn’t a shotgun. The VRF14 lacks a stock so it’s not a shotgun, but it is also not an NFA item, it’s just a firearm, so it can be purchased just like most firearms requiring no Federal Tax Stamp. 

The RIA VFR14 is quite a handful.
Familiar controls make this one easy for anyone to use.
RIA does a great job of combining the shotgun and AR platform.

It has familiar AR15 type controls and is magazine-fed from either a 2, 5, 9, or 19 round magazine. The VRF14 comes with 2 five-round magazines and flip-up iron sights but has lots of Picatinny rail for mounting red dots or accessories. Firing the 12 gauge while just holding it in your hands is definitely a handful, but it was possible to hit the targets at the Big Daddy Unlimited Epic Shoot.

Takedown is simple and maintenance is just like a regular gas-operated shotgun.

For more details on the VRF14 and other Rock Island products check Here.


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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • Scott Burris November 22, 2021, 4:53 pm

    Cute, but still not a Derya MK12 AS-240. Maybe with a CZ Bren style “X” ladder, picatinny mounted folding brace or an AR style pistol brace, integrated QD sling mounts front and rear, a shortened front hand guard and 4 inches less of barrel, this would be a much desired, perfect and useful firearm.

  • alex November 22, 2021, 8:35 am

    nice toy,but you better have a good dentist,you’ll end up needing one shooting this thing.

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