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About Armscor and Rock Island Armory

Armscor, formally known as the Arms Corporation of the Philippines, and Rock Island Armory, a brand associated with Armscor, have played significant roles in producing reliable and affordable firearms.

The history of Armscor dates back to 1905 when the Squires, Bingham & Co. was established in the Philippines as a trading company.

In the 1950s, the company ventured into firearms manufacturing and established the Arms Corporation of the Philippines, better known as Armscor. Since then, Armscor has grown into one of the largest and most respected firearms manufacturers in the Philippines.

In the 1980s, Armscor began exporting firearms to the United States. This marked the beginning of their association with the Rock Island Armory brand, which was established in 1985.

Initially, Rock Island Armory focused on importing firearms from Armscor and other international manufacturers, particularly from the Philippines.

Over time, Armscor expanded its operations and capabilities. The company developed the capacity to manufacture firearms in-house, allowing for greater control over production and quality.

This led to the establishment of a dedicated Rock Island Armory manufacturing facility within the Armscor organization.

Rock Island Armory gained recognition for their line of 1911-style pistols, a design renowned for its reliability and historical significance. The Rock Island Armory 1911 pistols offered shooters a combination of quality craftsmanship, performance, and affordability.

These firearms quickly gained popularity among enthusiasts, competitive shooters, and those seeking reliable self-defense pistols.

The partnership between Armscor and Rock Island Armory resulted in the production of a diverse range of firearms beyond 1911 pistols. Rock Island Armory expanded its product offerings to include pistols in different calibers, configurations, and materials.

They also ventured into shotgun production, introducing the popular VR series of semi-automatic shotguns known for their reliability and competitive pricing.

Today, Armscor and Rock Island Armory continue to thrive in the firearms industry. They emphasize a combination of traditional designs, modern enhancements, and affordable pricing.

Their shared history, commitment to quality, and dedication to meeting the needs of shooters have established Armscor and Rock Island Armory as respected names in the firearms community.

Popular Rock Island Armory Firearms

Rock Island Armory 1911
The Rock Island Armory 1911 series includes a variety of 1911-style pistols in different calibers, such as .45 ACP and 9mm.

These pistols are known for their reliability, affordability, and adherence to the classic 1911 design.

Rock Island Armory VR Series
The Rock Island Armory VR series features semi-automatic shotguns, including the VR80 and VR60 models.

These shotguns are praised for their reliability, magazine-fed design, and competitive pricing.

Rock Island Armory TAC Series
The Rock Island Armory TAC series includes pistols with tactical features such as accessory rails and threaded barrels. These pistols are designed for self-defense and offer options in different calibers and configurations.

Rock Island Armory XT 22 Magnum
The Rock Island Armory XT 22 Magnum is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in .22 WMR.

It offers a lightweight frame, adjustable sights, and a 14-round capacity, making it a popular choice for plinking and target shooting.

Rock Island Armory Baby Rock
The Rock Island Armory Baby Rock is a compact 1911-style pistol chambered in .380 ACP. It features a short barrel, a single-stack magazine, and a lightweight frame, making it suitable for concealed carry.

Rock Island Armory MAPP Series
The Rock Island Armory MAPP (Modern Air Pistol Platform) series includes compact polymer-framed pistols chambered in 9mm or .45 ACP.]

These pistols offer ergonomic designs, high-capacity magazines, and competitive pricing.

Rock Island Armory PRO Match Ultra
The Rock Island Armory PRO Match Ultra is a full-size 1911-style pistol designed for competition shooting.

It features a match-grade barrel, adjustable sights, and a crisp trigger, providing enhanced accuracy and performance.

Rock Island Armory VRPA40
The Rock Island Armory VRPA40 is a semi-automatic shotgun chambered in 12 gauge.

It offers a durable polymer stock, a detachable magazine, and a 20-inch barrel, suitable for home defense and sporting purposes.

Rock Island Armory TCM Series
The Rock Island Armory TCM series includes pistols chambered in the unique .22 TCM cartridge.

These pistols offer high velocity, flat trajectory, and compatibility with 9mm conversion barrels, providing versatility for shooters.

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