Although there is no shortage of semi-auto shotguns on the market these days, the new VRF14 from Rock Island is a bit different from the competition.
Shipping without a buttstock and fitted with a 14-inch barrel, the Rock Island VRF14 is not technically a shotgun but is sold as a 12-gauge "firearm" in much the same class as the Mossberg Shockwave series and Remington's discontinued TAC-14 and V3 TAC-13.
"The VRF14 is the first semi-automatic short-barrel firearm of its kind. It boasts a familiar pistol-style grip so you can shoot 12 GA shells from the hip," says Rock Island in its marketing materials.
Using a 7075 aluminum receiver with a polymer full Pic-rail forend, the VRF14 is 26-inches overall and has a pistol grip and sling mounts as well as flip-up sights. Weight is listed as 6.6 pounds. Shipping with a 5-round detachable magazine, it is also compatible with the company's VR-Series 9- and 19-round mags.