[SHOT 2021] New Armscor International VR82 20ga Semi-Auto Shotgun

Eric B
by Eric B

The VR series semi-automatic shotguns from Armscor International / Rock Island Armory get an addition with the 20 gauge version called VR82. The thumbhole stock design reminds me of the HERA Arms CQR stock, don’t you agree?

The metal finish is black anodized, with a contoured 18″ shotgun barrel with Mobil chokes. The action is fed by a 5+1 capacity box magazine, but according to the specification sheet, it is also compatible with the 10 and 20 round VR series of magazines. The shotgun has flip-up iron sights and a Picatinny rail if you want to add an optic like a red dot. The overall length is 38″ (985 mm). The weight is 7.5lbs empty and 8.5lbs loaded.

The MSRP is $729, a little more than the VR80.

Here’s what Armscor International / RIA had to say about the new VR82:

Meet the little brother of the VR80, the 20GA Semi Auto Mag Fed VR82 Shotgun. The new 20GA VR82 features the signature 7075 T6 Aluminum premium structure for long lasting durability and performance.

Different than its big brother, the VR82 has lightening cuts combined with 20GA 18″ barrel for a lightweight, fast handling. VR82 attributes include Ambi controls, flip up sights, barrel shroud and a forend that is compatible with most aftermarket accessories. It’s Its capability and versatility proves that big things come in smaller packages.

By the looks of it, it should be possible to change the stock should you prefer another design.

Also, check our previous article titled “ Rock Island Armory Introduce New Shotgun – the VR80“, for the bigger brother in 12 gauge.

What do you think of 20 gauge shotguns? Would you consider one over 12 gauge, and why?

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Voice_of_Reason Voice_of_Reason on Jan 26, 2021

    looks like a pontiac with useless, gaudy decorative features

  • Nashoba Nashoba on Feb 03, 2021

    As a upland hunter. I haven’t used my 12 ga in years when out in the field. I still use my clays 12 ga weekly. But a 12ga is such overkill for so many applications. For a application like the VR80 & VR82, there could be room for a 410 version... will all the personal defense ammo available