What’s wrong with having a little bit of fun and launching some soda cans? According to a recent determination by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a popular device used to propel cans and similar items into the air is now considered a federally-regulated short-barreled rifle (SBR) or any other weapon (AOW).

Some time ago, X Products, an Oregon-based manufacturer of firearm accessories, unveiled a product called the Can Cannon. The device is essentially a gas ported barrel and pressure tube that can be attached to AR-15s to launch full, unopened 12-ounce soda cans. Propelled by the pressure of of a .223 blank, the Can Cannon has a range of up to 105 yards. The device can also fit other objects such as tennis balls and even shirts.

Sounds like an interesting day at the range, right?

X Products recently warned their customers that the ATF evaluated the Can Cannon and determined that it would be considered a SBR if placed on a rifle receiver, and an AOW if used on a pistol AR. Furthermore, the ATF has defined the Can Cannon as a shotgun. However, the device by itself is not a firearm and is perfectly legal to own. Attaching it to a firearm is illegal unless the user has the proper federal licenses.

“To reiterate, an individual making an NFA class firearm prior to registration and tax paid, would be unlawful. Further, an individual making by modifying, an NFA weapon from a registered NFA weapon; would be required to submit an ATF Form 1 and pay the $200 making tax prior to such making,” the ATF stated in a letter to X Products president James Malarkey.

You can watch the Can Cannon in action here:

X Products stated that it will send a revised design of the Can Cannon for the ATF’s consideration in the hopes that it will address the problem. According to the company, it asked for an evaluation and received a different determination prior to production. X Products reassured its customers that the problem had a “very easy fix” and may just require a component swap later on.

“We had an initial determination letter, this was a second review with a physical sample. There are changes being made for a re-submission and we may have a solution within the next 90-120 days,” X Products wrote on Facebook.

The company also added that the “fun police are no fun,” in regards to the ATF.

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  • tom

    As usual, the ATF, with always reliable governmental stupidity, is interfering with a perfectly harmless product that it would take a huge stretch of the imagination to use for any harmful purpose. What AH’s!

  • As usual the politicians ( yes I mean the “law enforcement officials), bowing to the pressure of their keepers, make a judgement call. All to make it look like they are “protecting” the public. Laughable at the least, disgusting they cannot hold real jobs. Like really going after real criminals, making real weapons illegally.

  • Dale Bailey

    Gee…..wouldn’t it be wonderful if “rules” made by the “you can’t do that , its not safe for Americans ” mob included treaties that GUARANTEE nuclear bombs to countries that vow to destroy America . Like North Korea ( under Clinton ) , and Iran ( Obama’s legacy ) .

  • this government is so out of control. they just keep pushing and pushing. they won’t be happy until they have an all out rebellion on their hands. the whole sbr thing is totally ridiculous, the receiver is registered to monitor purchases, it should not matter what you want to put on it.

  • Ernest Gallegos

    Wow!!!!!!! I own a Can Cannon !!!! Guess I will sell it for the value of the aluminum. Don’t want to do anything illegal, of course I think this ruling should not affect the ones purchased prior to the ruling!

  • KATHRYNSWILLEY23

    Excellent writing ! I was enlightened by the information . Does anyone
    know if my company could access a blank ATF Form 1 (5320.1) document to
    use ?

  • Jason Dugori

    Fantastic discussion ! Speaking of which , if someone is requiring a NJ DoR NJ-REG , my colleague filled a sample version here http://goo.gl/otzn1m