DDI’s New Chinese Bullpup 12-Ga Shot by MAC

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DDI is an interesting company. They are at the forefront of on-shoring production of the AK platform, bringing manufacturing of the weapons system to the US including the forgings for the bolt carrier group, trunion, and other critical components. On the flip side, DDI also looks across the seas for new designs to import, this time landing in China with another 12-gauge. Their first 12-gauge, the DDI-12 was from China as well. 

The first units of the yet-to-be-named bullpup design have hit our shores and we see that the shotgun is a QBZ inspired design, looking identical to the Canadian LA K12 “Puma”, maintaining all the same features including:

  • Factory 5 round magazines
  • Last round bolt hold-open
  • Ambidextrous magazine release
  • Reciprocating charging handle
  • QBZ-style grips and weapons operation.
  • Adjustable gas (“Low” and “High”)

The shotgun is a right-hand ejection only platform and the built-in carry handle iron sights of the QBZ with a picatinny rail across the top. The main body of the shotgun is polymer and features some awkward ergonomics for the safety, bolt drop, and magazine release.

Tim from Military Arms Channel has his hands on one of the first to hit our shores. He finds it an interesting weapon, but the good news is that it seems to work with both cheap “bulk” loads and higher-power hunting loads. However, it has its quirks, particularly with the magazines, which do not insert and remove easily.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • 🐒👊

    Does it use proprietary magazines??

    • yodamiles

      It seems like that.

    • Yes

      • 🐒👊

        Thank you Sir!

    • Ebby123

      As opposed to…?

      Is there some ubiquitous standard 12-GA magazine that dominates the market currently?

      • 🐒👊

        Anything other than Saiga 12 magazines.

    • SP mclaughlin

      I think they’re the same ones used in those detachable-magazine fed 870 Norinco clones (Hawk pump/semi auto).

      • Richard Cranium

        Nope…I have both
        The Norinco mags are heavier steel and will take 3″ shells…the Puma only takes 2 3/4 shells and is light weight steel like an ar mag…they dont lock in the same way either

  • Martin Grønsdal

    Normally I’d say that the aesthetics of a gun don’t matter. Now they do

    • Rocket Fiend

      SBR it and it would probably be pretty slick.

  • Thomas S

    Hmmm

    I think I would prefer it didn’t have a bolt hold open feature given how finicky it seems to be.

    Beyond that if there is a way to make the magazine insertion a little less terrible (or if there is a simple motion that can be learned) this may be a decent option for a handy 12 gauge. Same if your use case doesn’t require timely reloads.

  • TDog

    Pretty cool looking gun. I’m curious to see how many folks who own or love the Tavor will call this gun’s bolt release awkward.

  • thedonn007

    I was a little surprised that he had to use the high gas setting for slugs, but the low gas setting worked for bird shot. With the mag issue, I think the price needs to be a little lower, but for hunting the mag issue should not be a deal killer.