I’m a fan of the gauge, be it in the form of a shotgun or the gauge in the form of a firearm. These pistol grip-only firearms defy normal expectations and offer you twelve-gauge firepower in the form of a compact and very portable package. The Rock Island Armory VRPF-14 is one of the latest firearms in this genre. The VRPF-14 is a modification of the VRPA-40. The VRPA-40 was a full-sized pump action shotgun, and the VRPF-14 takes that gun and trims the barrel to 14 inches, lops off the stock, but keeps the rest.
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This includes the ability to use magazines ranging from five to 19 rounds! The 19-round magazine is boomerang shaped and absolutely a unit of a magazine. In this gun, it would be ridiculous and just perfect for such a fun firearm. Mag-fed shotguns are an odd bunch, and mag-fed firearms are even odder. Although the short barrel certainly doesn’t serve as a restriction to the magazine capacity like a traditional tube-fed shotgun.
The ergonomics of the magazine well are odd but easy to learn. The magazine inserts into the weapon straight, much like an AR-15. A very AR-15-like button releases the magazine, and it often falls out freely, but not always. Across the top sits a peep sight and a high-visibility front sight. An optics rail also provides a place to toss a red dot on. As you’d imagine, a red dot makes a lot more sense on a firearm than peep sights.
These types of weapons are typically fun guns, and fun guns shouldn’t break the bank. While the price wasn’t evident, but these guns tend to be fairly affordable. Rock Island Armory and Armscor import these firearms, but the entire VR series has always been well-made as far as my experiences go. These aren’t necessarily duty-ready guns, but they are a ton of fun. I’m excited to get a little more range time with the VRPF-14.