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We love the Can Cannon! Heck, everyone loves the Can Cannon. We’re on record as saying it’s the best fun-gun ever!
So, we were incredibly perturbed to learn that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently issued a letter on the Can Cannon saying that when it is affixed to a rifle receiver it is considered a (SBR) or short barrel rifle and when place on a pistol it becomes an (AOW) Any Other Weapon.
Now, by itself, the Can Cannon is not a firearm or a controlled item. But the minute it is put on a rifle receiver or handgun it becomes subject to NFA restrictions.
In other words, to legally possess the Can Cannon on a rifle receiver or handgun one must must obtain approval from the ATF, obtain a signature from the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) who is the county sheriff or city or town chief of police (not necessarily permission), pass an extensive background check to include submitting a photograph and fingerprints, fully register the firearm and pay a $200 tax.
You can read more about how to legally buy a NFA-regulated item in this GunsAmerica article.
So, it appears that owners of the Can Cannon have two options: 1. Begin the NFA application process or 2. Refrain from using the Can Cannon until the ATF revises it’s stance.
With respect to number 2, there is reason to be hopeful. Currently, XProducts, the makers of the Can Cannon, are “submitting a revised design” of the Can Cannon to address the issues raised by the ATF in its determination letter. Assuming XProducts is able to satisfy the ATF’s concerns, the Can Cannon may no longer be subject to NFA restrictions when attached to a rifle receiver or handguns.
There’s no telling how long this review process will take, but keep your fingers crossed that in the end the ATF makes the right call and removes all the NFA restrictions on the Can Cannon.
Interview with James Malarkey of X Products
What will happen to all of the Can Cannons sold? “At this time nothing. They are not illegal to poses and they will be able to exchanged once we have received a determination letter from the ATF on what needs to be changed for them to be legally used on a non class 3 AR lower.”
How many units have been sold? “Between 4,000 and 5,000 units.”
What modifications are you planning on making to appease the ATF? “Currently we are working with 4 potential modifications that can be done to the uppers that will make them legal for everyone to use.”
We currently have submitted two versions this week and are now waiting on the ATF to make a judgment.
List of options
- Adding holes after the chamber so that all of the gasses are expelled instantly.
- Adding holes after the chamber and then welding a plug/plate over the bore so that no projectile can pass.
- Make the tube 16” long.
- Rifle the inside of the tube.
Options 1 and 2 have been submitted and are thought to make the devices comply with the ATF. The other two options will be explored as last case scenarios.
Some have wondered why X-Products hadn’t already gotten a determination letter from the ATF. They had. “We had already received a determination letter for our upper before the product originally went on sale. After the fact we submitted a complete firearm and they decided to change their minds. This is not the ATFs fault. They are just doing their jobs and we don’t hold it against them.”
How will they handle all of the uppers that are out there in the wild? “Once we develop and have a proven solution we will offer an exchange program to make sure our customers are take care off properly.”
X Products isn’t stopping here.
They have many new products launching for the end of 2015 into early 2016.
- Weighted and whistling duck decoy for hunters and dog trainers – 2-4 weeks out
- Net launcher that has a new purpose in life. Netting drones out of the air. -6-7 months out
- Grappling hook to be used in marine environments for shooting lines form boat to boat. -2 months out
- 308 launcher that shoots tennis balls. –Waiting on ATF determination for that upper.
- Top water spear launcher for spear fishing – 4 months out
- Inflatable vest projectile launcher for boats.