Speed Shooting the Can Cannon (VIDEO)

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The Can Cannon by X Products is not a product you need. It’s a product you want. And that’s OK. It’s a super fun product that brings a great dynamic to the shooting community.

[9/22/15] UPDATE: With today’s TFB article noting the ATF’s determination letter on the Can Cannon, it should be noted that this video was created last month before the ATF determination was made.

With that, I wanted to see how quickly I could shoot a six-pack from the Can Cannon at a steel plate on the clock. With zero practice, I went through three runs and on each attempt I tried to better my previous time. Soda can shrapnel flew everywhere. It was fun to film!

How’d I do? Watch to find out.



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.

www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    The cops should use these on “protesters” who attempt to stop traffic for no reason.

    “How bout a Fresca?”

    • USMC03Vet

      Would pay money to see “protesters” being hit in the face with sodas. Pay-per-view event pls!

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Well, I dont want to go totalitarian dictatorship but people who mess with traffic should be treated brutally.

        • iksnilol

          As somebody who is learning to drive, I have to agree with TheNotoriousIUD.

        • DonDrapersAcidTrip

          yeah civil rights and freedoms are great and all until the minute I’m personally inconvenienced

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Pretty much.

          • Grindstone50k

            I agree with Don, but I still laughed.

          • Dan

            Your civil rights do not include infringement on the rights of others

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Yeah the founding fathers you all use as jerk off material constantly would of been so much better if they just sat around with their thumbs up their ass without bothering anyone

          • Dan

            So the founding fathers should have bothered everyone but the British? What does the blacksmith have to do with taxes? You’re logic is flawed

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Yeah a delay in traffic sets you off but you’d be all for them taking up arms and firing on the police instead I guess? lmao give me a break.

            “bothered everyone but the British” I can see nuance is hard for you

          • Dan

            What in the hell are you even talking about. Please point out anywhere I said it would be better if they shot cops. Point out anywhere I said cops should beat protesters. Please also point out where it says you have the right to stop traffic. So when my lung collapsed and I was on my way to the hospital it would be ok to sit in traffic while a bunch of protesters shut down traffic? What if there was a fire? Or an Ambulance or some guy driving his wife because she’s in labor. They don’t have rights? I’m mad so I’m gonna go stop traffic so everyone can see how mad I am. Yea that is some sound logic my friend.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            please point out where the founding fathers had “the right” to uh, found this country. lmao how dense are you. that was okay though, because the only people who got hurt in that deserved it because a history teacher told me it was all a good thing and I put two seconds of effort into my opinions

          • Dan

            So instead of backing up your previous claims you return to insult. There’s a good little boy. Never said the founding fathers had a right. Never said it was ok to shoot protesters or cops. Nor is there a “right” to block traffic. So keep reaching for insults and going off every which way you want so you don’t look like a fool when you try and actually explain to me how protesters have a “right” to block traffic. It’s all good though. I will patiently wait for what i am sure will be another reply that will not address the original issue and will instead attempt to insult me and will then ask me to point out why tribes that were here had the right to steal land from other tribes before we stole it all.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Uh, what? My “claim” is how hypocritical you people are about when violent action is and isn’t allowed or acceptable? And you’ve done nothing but agree with that lol.

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        “I love freedom so much I bend over backwards at every opportunity to defend and justify police brutalizing civilians!! yeah constitution!! 2nd ammendment!!!”

        the gun community has literally zero self awareness

        • imachinegunstuff

          You must be new here. There is literally three distinct sides about cops in the gun community. Plenty hate all cops, plenty love all cops, and the third side judges cops as individuals. However, in reference to stopping traffic. Your right to protest ends at my right to travel. Impeding my travel is impeding my rights.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Please george washington, protest peacefully like martin luther king would have wanted. lmao

  • USMC03Vet

    Think of all the African children you could have given diabetes to by using those sodas properly!

    – ATF

  • David Lowrey

    The ATF has just declared them as AOWs. They probably didn’t want to miss out on the tax stamp revenue. Way to go ATF, kill another great product.

    • Sianmink

      A small modification (A hole and a weld) will fix it right up. NBD. ATF still sucks though.

    • Bill

      I don’t know my Civil War Artillery, but one type was perfect soda can caliber.

  • Sianmink

    So how’s thug life treating ya, you dirty felon? XD

  • iksnilol

    Has anybody done any velocity testing on these? Would be interesting to see how fast they’re going.

    • Sianmink

      I’m still curious to see what velocity you can get out of a can filled with concrete.
      A friend wants to know.

      • iksnilol

        Or a can filled with aluminum (it would be kinda can-ception).

        We all are that friend.

        • nobody

          At that point, why not try casting (from aluminum) a more front heavy like and aerodynamic projectile for greater accuracy and extended ranges. Lost PLA casting using 3D printed versions of the projectiles could be used to get molds for cheap, as custom ordering a large mold would probably be expensive.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Light Pepsi speed.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Thanks expanding on the imagery of the trashy gun owner? It’s really too bad gun owners are their own worst enemies, far more effective at looking dumb than any liberal-elite group could ever make them out to be.

    • Sianmink

      How is this trashy? I’m sure Chris picked up after himself.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      We cant all be Tier One High Speed SCUBA Snipers like you, dude.

    • Grindstone50k

      People having FUN?? How DARE they??

      Get laid, dude.

      • Dan

        I can see his point. I don’t agree with him using this as an example though.

  • Sianmink

    I wonder if this would be faster with a side-charging upper.

  • scaatylobo

    REAL possibility as a riot — er I meant “demonstration” weapon to quell,no ?.

    • Dan

      You misspelled quence. You meant to say Real possibility as a riot thirst quencing device.

      • JSmath

        Your misspelled quench.

        • Joshua Noble

          You mispeeled you.

          • JSmath

            😉

          • Dan

            You misspelled misspelled. Don’t we all just look silly now.

        • Dan

          Haha i most certainly did. Ah well that jusy ruined the whole thing!!!!!

  • Southpaw89

    Whaddaya mean I don’t need one?! What if I get attacked by a hoard of thirsty zombies? What then? Seriously though, I would love to see a “mortar” version of this, something you can stick on the ground and try to hit targets with using indirect fire, I know you could do it with an AR, but I’m thinking of something more purpose built, maybe like that Japanese mortar Forgotten Weapons just reviewed on Full 30.

    • Joshua Noble

      I was literally just thinking that. There’s got to be some way to combine mentos, diet coke and a knee mortar.

    • Cymond

      A mortar version would be awesome. It could have a fixed firing pin at the bottom, and the launching blanks would slide down the tube. The weight of the can could give it enough impact to ignite the primer.

  • Tom Currie

    I’m amazed that the folks at X-Products had NO ONE who understands the NFA at least well enough to remember the magic number SIXTEEN, as in sixteen inches! Soda can launchers and golf ball launchers aren’t new, and every other company making an AR-upper launcher has been able to figure out 16″

    Years ago, there were soda can and golf ball launchers that simply installed as a muzzle device. I’m not sure exactly why they disappeared from the market, but I would expect that it was some BATFE stupidity somehow declaring them grenade launchers (which, of course, begs the question why the current crop of soda can launchers aren’t equally considered grenade launchers)

    • Cymond

      The Can Canon would have been fine if they’d properly plugged the barrel to prevent the use of regular 223 Rem ammo. Instead, the closed the barrel with a removable screw.