DDI 12 – New AK Shotgun


Destructive Devices Industries (aka DDI) will begin selling a new shotgun called the DDI 12 in 2016. The new semi-automatic guns use a Kalashnikov-style action and will be chambered in 12 gauge.

The new guns are being imported (unsure on from where at this time) and will use Saiga type magazines. Scuttlebutt around the internet forums suggests the company will be manufacturing their own magazines to go with these guns also.

DDI states that these shotguns will be compatible with most Saiga 12 accessories.

The following are some of the additional features of the gun per DDI:

  • chrome lined barrel
  • fiber optic sights
  • AR-style safety selector
  • left-hand charging handle
  • a four position gas regulator
  • reversible rear sling loop

The suggested retail price on these guns is expected to be about $750. Considering Saiga guns are banned from import by executive fiat, the Vepr 12’s I’ve seen are selling for more at the local dealers than the MSRP of the DDI12, and the Kalashnikov USA US109T shotguns seem to be slow getting to the market, DDI may be in a good position to sell these in the next year.

Destructive Devices Industries sells AK-style rifles and recently introduced a “build your own” rifle. The build your own is a functioning barreled receiver that you can then add your own choice in stock, pistol grip and other furniture and accessories.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • Dracon1201

    God yes! Now I’ll have to hold off on that mka 1919

  • Stan Darsh

    So…Catamount Fury shotguns with a few mods?

    • Dracon1201

      Catamounts are so far below this it isn’t even funny.

      • salty

        we dont know that for sure… if they are made in china, presumably at same place, how do we kow that they used real metal, not tin foil and magnesuim, hahah

        • salty

          if thye are turkish or phillipino i be all over it. basically all over it as long as its not Chinese.

          • Dracon1201

            DDI? They do right on quality. Catamounts are a completely different thing. This is more of a Saiga than the pretend Catamounts.

          • Stan Darsh

            DDI does have a reputation for quality Kalashnikovs, but unless this is an EXTREMLY limited production run of modified Saiga-12s that were bought up right before the sanctions were in place, there are only 3 options. First, a modified Catamount which would put the end result in this price point. Second, a modified Vepr which would be closer to double the price. Third, a reverse-engineered Saiga with better quality parts and machining that would resemble both the cost and looks of the Origin-12.

          • Dracon1201

            Or they could actually be making Saiga replicas within the price point. It’s still a possibility. In addition, the amount of work to convert Catamounts would be far more than building S12s if you can get the tooling.

          • salty

            theyve said they are importing it, not manuf in house. so im still wondering, where are thye importing it from?????

            known for quality or not, if it comes from china i will not be partaking…

  • Edeco

    Cute name, and good job using saiga mags.

    • Dracon1201

      Probably. They are DDI, and their work is incredibly good already.

      • Edeco

        Oh OK. I’ll come clean; except that Izmash is the maximum OG and milled is better, the AK manufacturing/importing/assembling situation is like a tangled ball of Xmas lights to me.

        • ostiariusalpha

          K-USA is not associated in any way with Izmash. Kind of like how international wine makers will call they’re products a Bordeaux, or whiskey products are labeled as Scotches & Bourbons, even though they don’t come from those locations. Kalashnikov Concern has completely disavowed any ties to Kalashnikov USA, and have made it clear that they would prefer if K-USA stopped using their name.

  • SP mclaughlin

    That manufacture name is a great way to send Saigas the way of the Cobray Streetsweeper…..

    • Edeco

      Yet like a moth to a flame I’m glad they’re using it.

  • John

    Interesting, I wonder what will be the better buy between this and the Vepr 12 given the Vepr 12 sells for $800 and has a Wolf rebate going for 100 shells of 12 gauge. I’d love to see this with the Zhukov stock.

  • Green Hell

    I don’t mean to brag, but seriously US market is generally so far behind about AK style weapons. Just recently found out that even some hardcore smartass firearms experts have no clue that Russian AK’s have factory muzzle brakes for more than 40 years. And now this, a goddamn 90’s Saiga with an racking mag. Why not to make it with a magwell, bolt catch and normal AK furniture, like Saigas and Veprs had been on Russian market for over a decade already?

    • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

      This can partly be blamed on U.S sanctions on Russia.

      • Green Hell

        Veprs were imported in US for years before sanctions (Molot is not under sanctions even now, by the way).

    • ozzallos .

      Cost. It’s affordable for US manufacturers now that real saigas are $700++ not because we as a country inherently don’t know how it works. When they were dirt cheap imports there was no market incentive.

  • The real issue will be if they use existing Saiga mags and drums, or are proprietary.

    • Turd Fergusson

      …and whether it has a chrome lined barrel and fiber optic sights.

  • Matt Shermer

    The quality I like here is that they are already converted to standard pistol grip, sadly I was thinking because of my budget (unconverted Saigas are between $750 and $1000, and Vepr Shotguns aren’t far behind that) I would try out the Catamount Fury and convert it with a Carolina Shooter Supply parts kit, which is between $750 and $800 worth of investment, if this comes out on the market below that investment cost though I could really get behind this…

  • TDog

    Oh joys… another shotgun that for just a few thousand dollars more can be made to work almost every time you pull the trigger!

    Never did understand why folks love the AK platform for shotguns. The caveat “if you get it tuned” always enters the discussion and invariably involves a lot of money.

    I’ll stick with something else.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Try a Vepr 12. Saiga 12’s are finicky and difficult to get them running on most shells, but the Vepr is a completely different gun. Molot manufacturing is very nice and the Vepr 12’s are way lighter than I would have ever expected. Plus, some people have guns for fun and that’s what my Vepr is for. I have more fun with it than most I own.

      • TDog

        I’ve never tried a Vepr out, but looks I’ve got another one added to the list! đŸ™‚

        • BrandonAKsALot

          My first outing with it was giving it a thorough test to make sure I didn’t end up with Saiga reliability. I bought the cheapest shells I could all the way up to some higher end slugs and had only 2 malfunctions and they were due to the SGM mags I had. I even mixed up the shells in mags for fun and it was great and controllable. Even my wife loves shooting it. I have the massive brake on mine and it makes it much more pleasant to shoot.

          • TDog

            Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve always been enthralled with the idea of a semi-auto shotgun with a removable magazine, but they always seem to have some sort of hang up. I’m also curious about the SRM 1216, but that baby is a little too rich for my blood and no one that rents that I know of has one.

    • SpetsNazGRU

      Most people don’t get that Saiga-12s are not designed or meant to be ran with low brass and/or substandard loads. When used with Russian mags and regular (no “reduced recoil” crap) buck, slugs and high brass hunting loads , my S-12 had been perfectly reliable. The fact that it was 99% reliable with Federal 3 dr bulk target loads from Walmart was just a bonus.