BATFE Calls AR-15 ‘Soda Can Launcher’ an ‘SBR’ or ‘AOW’

Law Shield wants our NFA members to know that a novelty item made by X Products LLC — The Can Cannon, a patent-pending launching device for soda cans and other heavy, thin walled objects, has been ruled by BATFE to be a short-barrel rifle when the launcher is mounted on a rifle receiver and an AOW (any other weapon) when placed on a pistol.

Law Shield doesn’t endorse The Can Cannon, a proprietary gas-ported barrel and pressure tube configured for launching full, unopened 12-ounce soda cans. Each unit is sold as an assembled upper with receiver, headspaced and mounted ported barrel, and pressure tube.

The system is compatible with any AR-15 mil standard bolt and most piston bolts. When used with standard mil-spec blanks and fired at an optimum angle, the device can propel soda cans an average distance of 105 yards.

The manufacturer notes on the product page that “the Can Cannon’s current configuration is considered an SBR Short Barrel Rifle when placed on a rifle receiver, and an AOW Any Other Weapon when installed on a pistol.”

The ATF further states that such assembly in either scenario would constitute making an NFA class firearm and unless the individual had submitted the ATF Form 1 and paid the $200 making tax prior to such assembly, such activity would be unlawful.

This just goes to show that you don’t have to fire “traditional” ammunition in order to fall under the auspices of the NFA and BATFE. For information on the ruling, visit: B.A.T.F.E Determination Letter

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