Hi-Point Firearms, the humble American budget gun maker, decided to make a splash in the high-speed, low-drag black gun market at the top of this year with a to-be-named suppressor-ready tactical mid-size pistol for…giggles?
Yes and no. Sure, the idea of picking up a tacticool Hi-Point suppressor host that costs less than a tax stamp is funny and charming, but it’s also the company’s way of saying that they make serious guns that can deliver performance in a demanding sector full of demanding users.
Of course we can’t know how well the upcoming handgun will do until it becomes available, and before Hi-Point can start selling the gun, they’re going to have to name it. What do you call Hi-Point’s newest elite tactical pro operator model? Not even Hi-Point had the answer to that question, so the company turned to help from the internet with the hashtag Namethe9, i.e. #Namethe9.
Hi-Point issued an open request for names from fans and would-be buyers to come up with a name, and after weeks of submissions and voting, four names rose to the top, Student of the Gun, the Problem Solver, We Like Shooting and the Yeet Cannon.
Then in the latest round of voting, neither the PS9 nor the YC9 made the list. The internet would have no part in that. And in rare form, neither would industry leader Heckler & Koch.
Yeet is a slang expression for joy, like “yolo” and “woot,” and is defined by dictionary.com as “an exclamation of excitement, approval, surprise, or all-around energy often as issued when doing a dance move or throwing something.”
Hi-Point’s social media pages were instantly bombarded with thousands of angry posts by people who would settle for nothing less than a Yeet Cannon of their own. Heckler & Koch upped the ante by announcing a special edition MK23 Yeet Cannon and a side-by-side photo shoot with Hi-Point.
“Please take some advice from someone who doesn’t listen to their customers, you really really should,” said H&K’s Social Media Girl. “Swallow your pride, get out your crayons, and write a letter to your legions of almost new customers and call it the YC-9.
“We promise to do a collaborative photoshoot with you. We will bring a MK23 specially marked YC-45. This is not a joke. The powers of 2 Yeet Cannons, the original and the little brother, would be unstoppable.”
Facing insurmountable pressure, Hi-Point has reconsidered the Yeet Cannon, the clear leader of all the names submitted, against the second-place runner up.
A final vote will pit two names, the Yeet Cannon and the to-be-determined candidate, head to head. The vote begins on June 25 and runs through July 15. While the opposition hasn’t been determined, it will have to be a stellar title to beat the Yeet Cannon with all of its momenta now.