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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