Earlier this year John1911 previewed a new product seen at SHOT Show called the Can Cannon– a launching device set up for launching full un-opened 12-oz. soda cans. At the time, it was sold as an assembled AR upper receiver and works with any AR-15 mil standard bolt and most piston bolts. The BATFE approved design was not considered a Destructive Device or firearm–HOWEVER if you put it on a rifle lower, BATFE considered it a SBR, and if you put it on a handgun lower, an AOW.
Not any more.
New-production Can Cannons are 100% street legal and can be attached to an AR-15 lower receiver without being classified as a short barrel rifle or short barrel shotgun. For existing customers the conversion is a simple part swap that X-Products provides free of charge.
According to the BATFE letter that can be viewed Can Cannon Ruling
“Our examination determined that the aforementioned design features, combined with the presence of a permanent and substantial blocking feature located directly in front of the barrel chamber, prevents the chambering of a commercially available .223 Remington caliber ammunition cartridge. FTISB found the submitted sample is designed to only accept a 5.56mm or .223 Remington caliber blank cartridge and the ‘barrel portion’ of the ‘Can Cannon’ incorporating a chamber, is not a firearm barrel.
“As a result, if the submitted Can Cannon were assembled to an AR-type firearm receiver incorporating a shoulder stock, this assembly or aggregate of parts would not constitute a “firearm” as defined in the NFA, 26 U.S.C 5845(a)(5). Such an assembly of either of the aforementioned scenarios is lawful.”
Cool. Now I want one.
Another new thing from X-Products to go with the Can Cannon is a Grappling Hook that you can shoot out of it. While that may appeal to Marky’s inner Batman (he has the suit), I can also see this as a practical thing to have for agencies that have swift water rescue teams.
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In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.