Can Cannon B.A.T.F.E Determination Letter and the answer isn't good!

Tom R
by Tom R

Okay everyone, rev up your discussion typing fingers… X Products submitted to BATFE for determination and received a response.

in the Can Cannons current configuration it is considered an SBR Short Barrel Rifle when placed on a rifle receiver, and an AOW Any Other Weapon when installed on a pistol.

Open letter from X Products:

Dear Customers,
We recently received a complete evaluation from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms on the legal status of the Can Cannon dated: August 26th, Received September 11, 2015. The evaluation of the Can Cannon as currently produced is in and of itself not a firearm and not controlled, however when placed on a riflereceiver is considered a (SBR) short barrel rifle, and when placed on a pistol (AOW) Any Other Weapon.
We are submitting a revised design to address the issues in the B.A.T.F.E’s determination letter. We will updateour customers throughout this process.

For questions or inquiries about this matter, please email
A copy of the determination letter will be available on our site shortly.

The determination letter is here: Can_Cannon_Determination_Letter

Who here has had the chance to play with one? I have. They are a ton of fun. So, if I read this right, BATFE considers it an SBR or AOW once it is assembled and useful? Thoughts?

Tom R
Tom R

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it--he is known (in certain circles) for his curse...ahem, find the breaking point of anything.You can reach him at tom.r AT or at

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