The Future Of Destructive Devices Industries | SHOT 2017

I caught up with Dave Fillers of DDI. Recently he sold DDI to Palmetto State Armory. And yet there are some things coming down the line. PSA seems only concerned with the AK side of DDI. But just prior to the buy out, Dave had imported a Chinese bullpup shotgun that looks like a QBZ-95. PSA is not interested in importing so Dave and his partners are going to start a new company called SDS Imports to continue to import the Chinese Semi Auto Bullpup Shotgun. Right now the shotgun has a couple quirks and they want those fixed before importing.

They are looking into importing a Saiga style shotgun with pistol grip with a price point at around $399. All of their guns will have a hammer forged barrel and trunion.

Next up they are working on the DDI47AR. It will be a piston system and since it has a side charging handle there are no rear orifices for gas to escape when run suppressed.

Dave said he should have it finalized at next March’s Big 3 East Media Event.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • ostiariusalpha

    Why is the MP5 in the picture? It just makes the bullpup look even crappier. I like bullpups, but that’s… yyeeeesh!! ?

    • Nicholas C

      To show how short the shotgun is.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Ha ha ha, of course, I forgot that “MP5” is a universal unit of measurement for firearms. I’ll remember to get out my own MP5 next time, so that I have a better context on a pictured gun’s size.

      • iksnilol

        Can we make this a meme?

        Like, can you measure stuff in MP5s?

        • Colonel K

          No, but you can listen to it in MP3 🙂

          • iksnilol

            Or even better; watch it in Full HD MP4.

            😉

      • TheSaint

        Do us all a favor, go get a large print tape measure for your pictures that are used for a size reference.

  • MrFN

    Ok good. DDI taking over the PSA AR47 thing is good, especially that side charger goodness. Also, $399 Siaga?! Does it have furniture made from recycled tire?

    • Big Daddy

      I have 2 ks47 pistols. They’re great so far.

    • Stan Darsh

      It isn’t a Saiga 12, it is a “Saiga-style” chinese Catamount Fury.

  • JSmath

    “Next up they are working on the DDI47AR. It will be a piston system and since it has a side charging handle there are no rear orifices for gas to escape when run suppressed.”

    The AK “long-stroke” piston is what will keep gasses out of the user’s face. The charging handle location and design (reciprocating, exposed guide channel), at that point, is almost entirely irrelevant since the design of that side charger isn’t going to benefit anyone any different than the AR15’s approach.

    Giant gaping hole on the shooter’s face side? Ask anyone who’s suppressed an ARX or CX4 how much an improvement over the AR15 that is.

  • Patrick

    I thought for a second we were going to get a high quality low cost mp5 clone then I read the article… 🙁

    • Stephen Paraski

      Me too. Interesting PSA is selling all DDI stock as a build it gun, you install furniture.

  • USMC03Vet

    The Chinese shotgun has more than just “quirks” it literally breaks after light use. They want to import a siaga Chinese clone too? Wouldn’t recommend it.

    • Big Kat

      Where have you seen the Bullpup shotgun break?

  • plumber576

    Can someone PLEASE bring to market a 5.45 AR-style rifle that takes AK-74 mags? 5.45 AR’s are great but the mags are too inconsistent. If a -74 mag’d lower was available for all the 5.45 uppers there would be some VERY happy people (like me).

    • Machinegunnertim

      Me as well. Why hasn’t this happened yet?

    • MemorableC

      223 is the same price as 5.45 now, there is zero reason to bother

      • plumber576

        Oh well that settles it. Why do anything at all if it costs money?

        • Wow!

          Because it takes money to make things.

  • Don La Rue

    Just a heads-up to SDS on their DDI47AR development…If you don’t machine magazine stops into the upper(It’ll work), it’s not going to be reliable. I had to JB Weld stops in my PSA KS47 to fix their crap. Your lower looks…awfully familiar. Don’t forget the forward pressure on the magazine test.

    Using the PSA KS47 upper, the stops should protrude from the sides (.150). You’ll have to figure out the position from the front side of upper receiver. The stops will be about (.300) long.

    If you don’t do this, your product will get sent to the, youtube crap pile, by the individuals that know how to do a thorough video review. Don’t believe me, just check out some of the KS47 videos.

  • Big Kat

    DDI already imported some of the Chinese bullpup shotguns as well as other Chinese shotguns, the article clearly states that hes starting a new company because PSA doesn’t want to import items.

  • CavScout

    Understand, DDI is dead.

  • Dragon breath

    Ddi has been selling a saiga 12 chinese clone for quite awhile. It has had major issues. There has been issues with the extracter sheering off of bolts on their all american made ak as well. This has been well documented on ak files. Under no circumstance, buy the saiga clone. U are better of with catamount fury than ddi12, and thats saying something

  • Big Kat

    And I have yet to see a DDI bullpup break on there

    • USMC03Vet

      Go into the shotgun forum. They are notorious for breaking and being built poorly. Nobody will recommend them.

      • Big Kat

        Do you understand what bullpup means?