A bullpup shotgun offers more maneuverability in close quarters and competition situations. I think it’d be interesting to hunt with a super short weapon, as well, for fast target acquisition and less fatigue from carrying a long gun. Rock Island Armory’s new VRBP100 is just 32″ overall but maintains a full 20″ of barrel length for accuracy.
This semi-auto shotgun is chambered for 2 3/4″ and 3″ 12 gauge shells and comes with two 5-round magazines, but it’s compatible with 9-round and 19-round magazines. It’s got an adjustable comb and includes three rubber shims to adjust the length of pull. The ejection port has a deflection cover to keep the shells out of your face if you’re a left-handed shooter. the charging handle is non-reciprocating, but it’s on the left side only. The safety is ambidextrous.
The semi-auto action is run by a gas piston, and it comes with both heavy and light springs to help manage recoil from different loads. Recoil on this gun should be lighter than on traditional guns.
It includes three flush-fitting chokes — cylinder, modified, and full — which are compatible with Benelli and Berretta Mobil chokes. The 20″ barrel is compatible with compensators. It’s got flip-up front and rear sights, and the rear sight has two apertures. A full-length Picatinny rail covers the top, and there’s an accessory rail on the right side at the front.
The receiver is 7075 T6 aluminum and the whole firearm is finished in matte black. It’s imported from Turkey and Rock Island thinks this is a terrific option for home defense, competition, hunting, and sporting. I’ll be interested (and excited) to see how it handles in real life. Did I mention it works with 19-round mags? Sweet.
Look for the VRBP100 to hit stores this July with an MSRP of $799. For more info, visit Armscor.com.
- Gauge: 12, 2 3/4″ and 3″ shells
- Action: semi-auto
- Capacity: 5+1, 9+1, 19+1
- Choke: Mobil choke (Benelli/Berretta)
- Barrel: contoured smooth bore
- Overall length: 32″
- Overall height: 7″
- Weight: 7.94lbs
- Finish: matte black
- MSRP: $799