Cane Guns – For the Discerning Gentleman

Harkening back to the days of true Gentleman, boutique can manufacturer Boris Palatnik offers a CO2 powered ball bearning cane gun for sale. The cane gun holds 12 steel balls that fires semi-automatically at up to 600 FPS. Boris claims the ball is sufficient for self-defense and that the ball will penetrate drywall .25″ at 30′ from the shooter.

Various canes tops are available.

Various canes tops are available.

Canes are individually manufactured based on the height and decorative desires of the owner. Those interested in pricing one should contact Boris Palatnik directly. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • iksnilol

    Make it in 16 gauge and I am interested… or a pistol caliber, I presume 9×19 could be fed from a tube mag.

    • PK

      The one which Boris made for me is a .177 caliber. I use lead BB balls in it. Very nicely weighted, and the cast sterling grip and ebony go very nicely together.

      Best of all, he’s a pleasure to do business with. I have one of his ordinary canes for every day use, a sword cane from him, and one of his airgun canes, all with sterling and ebony.

      • Porty1119

        I would not use a 600fps, .177 air gun for anything other than plinking or dispatching small pests such as mice or small birds. If you need to use such a weapon for self-defense, you’d better very, very desperate. Now, a high-velocity .25 is a bit of a different story, but still suboptimal.

        • Kevin

          Not to worry, if the .177 projectile doesn’t stop the assailant, then a couple of whacks with the cane should do the trick…

    • maodeedee

      ,22 caliber steel balls

      • iksnilol

        I’ll admit, I am really interested in this thing. Sure, not in a cane form but as a viable pneumnatic “assault rifle”. Make it a PCC (with a sufficently low pressure to allow you to charge it by hand) with a big reservoir and a higher caliber (to compensate for reduced velocity). If they could make one that can fire 20-30 15 mm steel balls at “decent” velocity (something like 150-200 m/s) I would be all over it. Would probably need to be bullpup to get a long barrel to up the velocity. As long as it can do all that without being unwieldy they could charge almost any price for it.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    No 8 Ball?

    • Shawn

      lol I’d be interested if there was one.

  • VIPER5051

    Grammar Nazis are going to have a field day with this article………

  • Sianmink

    I guess since an airgun isn’t a firearm, you’re a little more free to carry this, but I wouldn’t want to be the one to have to explain having had to use it.

    • MR

      I’m not a pimp, so I couldn’t pull off using a cane. But if you’re in an emergency situation, the first rule is survive the situation. Worry about explaining your methods later.

      • UnluckyLuke

        Most likely the explaining part will be done from hospital bed after pissing off the assailant with .177 calibre bb propelled by Co2 cartdridge. This is neat gadget and conversation piece for someone that likes goth or steampunk cosplay, not a weapon, especially not a defensive one. And Willie Dynamite or Mack -adoring crowd would most likely use nickel plated jennings .25, ok, they would use just anything thats nickelplated.

        • jcitizen

          At least it is a 22 instead of a 177 pellet. Maybe using ball bearings that size would get more weight on it. However, that might impair performance. Too bad the handle doesn’t pull out a sword as well, but that is packing a lot into one cane!

  • Budogunner

    This is a creative way to avoid having to register an AOW under the NFA. I like the concept, but would want something less flashy for concealment purposes

  • I’d love to see a Sherlock Holmes style version, that uses a pre-charged pneumatic cylinder to fire a single, larger projectile at 800-1000fps. A 000 Buck pellet weighs 70 grains, so @ 1000fps it would be a bit hotter than a .32 acp. I think that’s doable within the volume limits of the cane.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Too bad this would probably be illegal in CA, it would be kind of cool to have one in hiking staff/stick form since that’s about the only time I can see myself walking around with anything resembling a cane. If it’s enough to deter a person then it should be enough to deter most anything I’d likely run into on a hike short of a bear and I don’t normally go hiking in bear country.

  • John

    So, here’s what a gun cane should have if you read The Cat Who Walks Through Walls:

    – capability of actually firing a bullet with reasonable accuracy

    – capacity of at least 6 rounds (the book specified “6.5 Skoda”, but it’s space and you just need to puncture the spacesuit)

    – 10 centimeters (about 3.9 inches) of steel blade, detachable from the cane in the form of a dirk
    – capability of using as a weapon with or without drawing hidden blade

    – possible storage space for physical memory cards and/or onboard flash memory with USB capability

    – able to maintain form and bear 2x rated weight in rapidly shifting gravity environments
    – look suave as all get out

    I await the gun cane that fits all of these requirements and more.

    • Budogunner

      Once I figure out how to handle the rapidly shifting gravity environments I’ll get back to you with a prototype.

    • iksnilol

      Uh, why would you need a cane in space?

      • Budogunner

        Because pimpin’ ain’t easy when you’re an 0G (that’s zero G to all you Playa haters).

  • Sulaco

    Still considered a concealed “weapon” in most states and would result in a free night of room and board from the State, until you see the judge in the morning….

    • Budogunner

      Not if you had a CCDW license in a State that doesn’t limit CCDW to handguns only.

  • Cattoo

    I met an old man in the mid 90’s who had a cane gun in gunmetal gray. Asking him what caliber it was in kinda caught him off guard. I explained that I liked them and recognized his cane for what it was.
    He smiled and went on to tell me it was a .410/45LC single shot that could be reloaded rather quickly. He carried a mix of both .410 buckshot and .45LC rounds with him. I don’t remember if any were hollow points or not.
    Sweet dual purpose walking cane. There was a sort of rubber muzzle cover if memory serves correctly. I’ve not seen one since though I continue to check out the cane a person uses if nearby.
    I still want one and this is a viable option.

    • jcitizen

      Some of them used to require a 5 dollar transfer tax as a curio, but the relic regs have been modified since I last payed attention. I would think it may still require registration if firearms ammo is used in it. If black power, probably not. I got to admit, using the cane you saw would be very effective as a defensive weapon! I would think one could make their own, and bypass the paperwork and do it legal that way. It would only take a look to make sure local laws didn’t have a prohibition against them.

  • Jamie Clemons

    It sounds like a toy not a self defense weapon. Its .22 cal air gun. They usually run around 800fps in .22 cal air guns. Some more some less. So 600fps doesn’t sound very powerful.

  • jcitizen

    It does make me wonder why it wasn’t made at least 36 caliber even if that complicated making room for the magazine.