If you are looking for a semi-auto 12-gauge shotgun, Landor Arms has two affordable options that come in very different platforms – the AR-style LND 117 and the bullpup BPX 902. For this unboxing, we decided to pull both out of the Guns.com Vault to show you the key differences and similarities between the two. Let’s take a look at them side by side.
At a glance, these two shotguns couldn’t seem more different. The AR-style LND 117 immediately stands out for its size. At a length of 37.5 inches, it’s a pretty long gun. That makes it just over an inch longer than the sleek ZRO Delta with the stock extended. It does have front and rear sling attachment points that make it sling-ready. But in general, it’s not much longer than many AR-15s.
The BPX 902, on the other hand, is a bullpup design that places the magazine well behind the pistol grip. This gives you the same barrel length while chopping down the overall size of the gun, putting the BPX 902 at a scant 33.5 inches in total length.
The BPX 902 also has Picatinny rails running the full length of the receiver and handguard, whereas the LND 117 has a short interruption at the center of the handguard. However, it has a push-through safety above the trigger guard instead of an AR-style thumb safety like the LND 117.
Both guns boast Picatinny rails below the handguard to accommodate accessories, and they both come with an angled grip right out of the box. Despite looking drastically different, these guns actually share several other similar features. I’ve listed those below:
The BPX 902 immediately catches the eye, but many shooters may prefer the LND 117. If you’ve ever shot an AR-15, you can pick this shotgun up and instantly understand the controls and how to shoot it properly. That’s a great advantage if you are looking to add this gun to your collection and you already have an AR platform in the safe.
At the same time, the LND 117’s similarity to the AR-15 has an added advantage if you want to use it for home defense. It is longer than the BPX 902, sure, but being familiar and comfortable with your home defense firearm is essential. The only main difference is that the LND 117 has a bolt charging handle on the right side instead of an AR-style charging handle at the rear. You can load and fire the LND 117 with same skills you learn on an AR.
Still, the LND 117’s biggest weakness is going to be its length, which is where the BPX 902 really shines. As a bullpup, the BPX 902 still offers an 18.5-inch barrel in a much more compact package. In tight quarters, the gun is just much more maneuverable. It also boasts the familiar AR-style charging handle at the rear of the receiver.
But the BPX 902 has some flaws as well. It is not southpaw-friendly, with the ejection port on the right side and in the rear. From our experience, these types of shotguns can also require a longer break-in period and tend to like full-strength ammunition. Lighter shells may be prone to some malfunctions. The push safety, which is not uncommon in shotguns, is something to consider as well.
In the end, the choice is always going to come down to how you want to use the shotgun. We think the BPX 902 has an added cool factor, which might be reason enough to grab one. But having an AR-style shotgun also has its perks.