Speed Shooting the Can Cannon (VIDEO)

Chris Cheng
by Chris Cheng

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

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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  • Southpaw89 Southpaw89 on Sep 22, 2015

    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.

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    • Cymond Cymond on Oct 06, 2015

      @Southpaw89 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 Tom Currie on Sep 23, 2015

    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 Cymond on Oct 06, 2015

      @Tom Currie 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.