Hera Arms pump action rifle
The German manufacturer of firearms and accessories, Hera Arms, has introduced an interesting rifle, called the VRB and chambered for the .223 caliber round. There would be nothing unusual about it, if not for the way of cocking the weapon the most average shooters know from Mossberg or Remington shotguns, namely pump action.
The VRB stands for the German name "Vorderschaftrepetierbüchse", meaning a rifle cocked like a pump.
Apart from the unusual cocking system, what draws attention to the VRB is the futuristic shape of the stock and the lower receiver. It is compatible with AR15 type triggers and magazines, and has a latch characteristic for this weapon family. The stock has places for attaching a carrying sling and QD mounting points if the user wants to install the sling in this way. Due to its shape, the stock is suitable for use with optics on low mounts.
The Hera Arms VRB receiver is made of aluminum, has a top Picatinny rail and an ejection port cover known from the AR15. The rifle is equipped with a 16 and 3/4 inch barrel with a 1: 9 twist rate. The barrel is finished with a 5/8×24 thread, on which a bird cage flash hider in mounted. The overall length of the rifle is 96.5 cm and the weight is about 3.1 kilograms.
The Picatinny rail section at the bottom of the KeyMod handguard, shown with a grip attached to it, is the part that moves backward and forward to cock the weapon. You can also see that there is a spring around the barrel, because in Hera Arms VRB the pump action system is spring-supported which, among other things, facilitates and speeds up reloading.
The MSRP of the Hera Arms VRB in Germany is 1598 €, that is around 1800 $.