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The Bullpups, with few exceptions, are usually set-up for a right-handed shooter and this is true of the VRBP. A forward-mounted, non-reciprocating charging handle is mounted on the left side of the gun while the ejection port is on the right. If you switch the gun over to a left-handed position, the ejection port is staring you right in the eye — not good! On the other hand, both the magazine release and the safety are ambidextrous, and the ejection port does sport an AR-type, flip-open cover.

This bullpup’s buttstock is canted down slightly, a feature I like because it gives one’s cheek a little bit more room to get down on the comb behind open sights. There is also a fully-adjustable cheek rest to position your face vertically when shooting optics. The buttstock also sports three length-of-pull spacers totaling 1" which provide an LOP between 16" to 17".

Bullpups of every pedigree routinely have heavy triggers. The challenge is mechanically linking a forward-mounted trigger with a rear-mounted sear while still maintaining an acceptable pull. The VRBP was no exception, averaging 11 lbs. on a Lyman electronic scale. However, the improved trigger-finger position made possible by the vertical pistol grip makes it feel lighter.

Rock Island Armory recommends a minimum break-in procedure of shooting 50-rounds of 3-dram, 1 1/8 oz. loads so I ran through a couple of boxes of Fiocchi high-velocity field loads before switching over to 3" Remington No. 4 buck (41 .24 caliber pellets at 1,225 fps) — a sensational coyote load and a sound home-defense choice. The full-choke, zombie-killing pattern delivered at 25 yards was impressive.