LA K12 Puma Shotgun: New Bullpup Arrives in Canada

LA K12 Puma Shotgun

Canadian company Lever Arms has developed and imported a 12 gauge bullpup shotgun built around the Chinese QBZ rifles.

The LA K12 Puma is a semi-auto, mag-fed, and importantly in Canada non-restricted shotgun. That means it doesn’t have to be registered with the government, can be freely transported, and used for hunting if one desires.

LA K12 Puma2

The shotgun has an adjustable gas-system with two settings, an ambidextrous charging handle, a full flattop rail, and 9 o’clock accessory rails. A 19 inch barrel has a pinned flash hider, and the fore-stock is built off a QBZ style grip.

It ships with a 5 round magazine and does feature a last round bolt hold open. The AK style lever you see at the rear of the magazine well is actually the bolt release. An ambidextrious magazine release sits just above the magwell.

LA K12 Puma1

Ryan Corbett at Lever Arms was involved in the development of the shotgun and described it as a project spanning several years to get the design and import from China approved. “This might not be the final iteration of the platform” he said, “but it’s something we’re pretty happy with.”

The Puma costs $899 CAD ($760 USD) and is shipping now.

It’s unusual for a Canadian firearm to go so fast from announcement to release. In a country dominated by pre-orders and extended inspections from the RCMP, for something like this to fly under the public’s radar and be immediately available is unexpected.

As a Tavor shooter who likes 3-gun, I’m excited to try one…

LA K12 Puma3

LA K12 Puma4

LA K12 Puma5



Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • ATman

    Cool now where did I leave that money under my mattress. Unfortunately I am a student but I look forward to more options on the market.

  • sianmink

    That’s not a bad price for any semiauto magazine fed shotgun, much less a bullpup. I’m not sure about the controls though honestly.

  • iksnilol

    Looks nice. Would staggered column magazines be a possibility in the future? For us who find 5 rounds too few.

    Ah, who am I kidding? This thing is super-duper-illegal in Norway by virtue of having a detachable mag.

    • And in Canada any semi-auto mag over 5 rounds has to be pinned!

      • floppyscience

        Only magazines designed for semiautomatic centerfire rifles and shotguns. If it’s designed for a handgun, it’s 10 rounds. If it’s designed for a rimfire rifle, no limit.

        • David Sharpe

          But as this story is on a semi auto shotgun, it should have been obvious.

    • LCON

      This thing is super-duper-illegal in Norway by virtue of having a detachable mag.

      I have heard it Joked that in my state bullets must be hand thrown.

      • iksnilol

        What state is that? I know at least that this shotgun would be illegal for hunting in Norwayy which is currently the only legal purpose of a mag-fed shotgun (there is also skeet and whatnot but they play by the same rules). So unless we get 3-gun in Norway, I can only dream about this thing or aquire it illegaly. Don’t have to explain that I don’t want to do the latter. It ain’t interesting enough to risk jail.

        Same applies to semi-autos (sorta), when hunting you can only have 2+1 rounds but a manual action can have a 100 round mag for all they care. A Mossberg MVP with 100 round mag would be legal for hunting while a VEPR with a 5 round mag wouldn’t. But outside of hunting there aren’t any mag limits.

        • LCON

          Tax-Achusetts

    • David Sharpe

      5 Round would be the max, at least for us Canucks. As it is semi auto it falls under the same mag restrictions as any other semi auto long gun.

      • iksnilol

        Would a shotgun pistol thingy be legal? So that they can legally make 10 round mags that accidentally also work in the shotgun? I know that is done for the 5.56.

        • David Sharpe

          Honestly, I kinda doubt it. But it’s possible.

  • echelon

    So as a lefty, good on the controls, but as a bullpup with no switchable ejection I’m guessing I just skooch my head back and let the shell casing whiz past my face?

    • iksnilol

      I thought you let the hulls bounce of your face to show you are a bada** who won’t take crap from noone?

      • echelon

        Actually I eat them as they eject and when I crap them out they’re reloaded. Endless supply of ammo.

        Bad@$$ doesn’t even begin to describe it. 🙂

        • iksnilol

          *takes hat off in respect*

        • Y-man

          RESPECT!

  • SP mclaughlin

    Is it originally Chinese or made in Canada entirely?

    • kgallerno

      Chinese made. Based of the T97 bullpup rifle sold in Canada but manufactured in China.

  • amputeeshooter

    I am stoked to see this out – it feels great and the fit/finish of it is quite nice. As someone commented below – the right hand ejection is not my favorite. I am a lefty and having shot the T97, don’t much like the taste of blood and brass.

    • Wetcoaster

      I’m pretty sure the southpaw conversion is completed with the use of a 70’s-style goalie mask

      • amputeeshooter

        I am in. I’ll have to buy a mask and give it a go!

  • FourString

    QUESTION: Are Washington state residents allowed to dilly dally on over the border, purchase one, and carry it back to the States?

    • floppyscience

      Nope. Aside from American import laws being absolutely draconian (thank the antis and the protectionist industry for that), Chinese firearms are banned from import. The exception is shotguns that the ATF approves for “sporting purposes”. I guarantee you they would not find a semiautomatic mag-fed bullpup shotgun very sporting.

      • Frank

        They already approved Saigas before. As long as this meets OAL requirements I don’t see why this wouldn’t be able to be imported. I’ve seen chinese Saiga copies pop up infrequently.

  • Jesse

    Ugly

    • Smartass

      Damn right it is. Perhaps a pink gun from the lady’s section would suit your tastes better?

      • Jesse

        Well, generally speaking I tend to like pink ‘things’ but it’s not a color I see as useful on a firearm. Some of what’s considered ‘ladies’ firearms are actually more practical that the great big things used by modern police and military.

  • Pete Sheppard

    For all our bragging in the US about gun rights, sometimes the Canadians come out ahead. Good for you, Canada!

    • 1leggeddog

      Rarely but it happens!

      I still LOVE to brag about my 450$ M1A to my Arizona friend… every week 😀

      And cheaop milsurp

  • Franciscomv

    I know it’s a long shot, but if those ever make it to Argentina, I’d probably buy one. Semiauto rifles with detachable magazines are almost impossible for civilians to own (other than .22lr ones) so semiauto shotguns are a very attractive option.

  • Timothy G. Yan

    The design been around for a number of years. Century Arms tried to import the older version with the carrying handle but our glorious ATF of ‘Merica said it’s too evil looking.

    • Wetcoaster

      US gun import laws are remarkably protectionist – I bet an opportunity exists for a US company to license the design and make it inside the US

  • gunslinger

    looks like an air gun you’d get from the dollar store

  • echelon

    FYI – Tavor is mediocre at it. Full bore 5.56 is okay but weaker .223 will skim the lips or smack the face…not my idea of a good time.

    There’s an extended case deflector for it but I personally haven’t tried it so I don’t know how well it actually works…

  • dan citizen

    Maybe this will give the Saiga 12 a run for it’s money