ALERT: Send TFB stuff to shoot out of the X Products Can Cannon

Hello Dear Readers,

I was just as excited as you were when TFB posted about the X Products Can Cannon a few weeks ago. A refresher, it’s a modified AR-15 upper that’s rigged up to shoot out soda cans via blanks. I’m getting my hands on one right after the holiday break here, and I am going to make a video showing this in action. However, instead of shooting cans I’m going to shoot whatever readers send me in the mail. Based on the comments in the hyperlinked article above, I’m anticipating some pretty hilarious stuff.

TFB readers, please do not disappoint the internet. 

Here are the parameters to make sure the item(s) you send me can fire out of the Can Cannon:

  • The inside diameter of the tube is 2.62 inches
  • The effective length is about 5.4 inches before you hit the blank barrel

From the company owner: “In order for something to effectively shoot out of the cannon you need to have a good near net fit, that’s why soda cans launch out of it. In order to launch an odd shaped object you’ll need a wadding with length, that slides easily. We found that some spray paint caps are a perfect fit.” If you can provide wadding for your item, that will help me a lot. Otherwise, I’ll scour the earth for spray paint caps or something similar and jerry-rig it.

Mail your items to:

Chris Cheng
PO Box 14363
San Francisco, CA 94114

Finally, if you’d like a shoutout I’m happy to read the following items on camera:

1. Your first name
2. Your city+state
3. Any short commentary (Why do you want your item shot out of the Can Cannon? etc)

If your item is getting mailed directly from Amazon or wherever and you want to email your details, I can be reached at Please have your item arrive by Saturday, December 6th. I’ll film the week after that and hopefully have the video up around the same time.

I’ll leave you with this video of the Can Cannon in action, and again, let’s not disappoint the internet. Send me some cool/fun/funny stuff to shoot!

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • Bart

    Wonderful idea, Chris. Thanks for engaging your readers as always. I just don’t hope the trolls out there don’t send you a bag of dog turds.

    • gunslinger

      although, shooting dog turds would be pretty funny to watch.

      gas mask required as well?

      • Burt not ernie

        Would that qualify as using a biological weapon?

        OTOH, it would give new meaning to the phrase “shooting the s***”.

  • Blake

    But it’s hard to find potatoes that big!

    BTW according to teh goog: “The official diameter of a tennis ball, as defined by the International Tennis Federation, is at least 2.575 inches and at most 2.700 inches. Tennis balls are sold in cylindrical containers that contain three balls each.”

    So you should probably be able to cram tennis balls into this thing if you have a hyperactive dog & a normal handheld ball thrower isn’t cutting it for you.

  • jeff k

    this would make the worlds best snowball launcher (if they stay together)

  • gunslinger

    in before the calls of adult toys

  • Chris lets get together and you shoot the paint cans and I’ll shoot them out of the air—-LOL!

  • DNH

    Another option for a “sabot” is biodegradable 2.5″ OD paper or cardboard tubing, these are available in various wall thicknesses for a number of hobbies.

    Anybody have leftover glow sticks from Halloween?

    Based on Blake’s research, I suspect “brand new in the can” regulation tennis balls will be a very tight fit. Used tennis balls go for about 30c/ea on eBay in quantity.

    Many dog toys fit the required dimensions, including rubber balls and pseudo-tennis-balls of various shapes. Also check out US Plastics Corp for some other interesting products, e.g. 12 oz. PET Honey Bear Bottle (Item 70333)

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I spent this weekend making some blanks of different powers for my friends Can Cannon for him to do some testing with next weekend.

    What we found that works: Tennis balls fit perfectly with a nice seal. Also, Home Depot has a 2 3/470mm hole saw that cuts a perfect wooden wad out of a 2×4 for the bore. It would make the most awesome “pusher” wad for shooting other things out.