Shooting the Can Cannon by X Products

    I had the pleasure to shoot the Can Cannon, a new fun product from the folks at X Products. It’s a modified AR-15 upper that allows you to shoot 12 oz soda cans using .223 blanks. The pressure in the chamber propels a single can way past 100 yards.

    The chamber is modified so that it only accepts blanks. In the event you accidentally mix up a live .223/5.56 round in the the magazine, the round will not chamber and the BCG will stay out of battery.

    One thing I thought was interesting was how the bolt does not cycle with each shot. It’s a safety feature so that each time you shoot you should load a new can in, and then rack the bolt.

    The X Products team had a fun chest rig that could hold eight cans of ammo, which you see me wearing in the video below.

    Here’s the Can Cannon in action:

    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.