X Products’ Can Cannon reclassified by ATF

Some how, I just knew it wouldn’t take long for the ATF to get their panties in a bunch and with the stroke of a pen, make a bunch of folks instant felons. And that prediction came true on, of all days…September 11th. The official statement from X Products is as follows:


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 rifle receiver 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 update
our customers throughout this process.

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

Best Regards,
X Products LLC
Date: 9/21/2015

Battlefield Las Vegas publishes their experience with AR15 durability

When we discuss the durability of guns, we generally prefer to look to folks who put statistically significant volumes of ammunition through those guns. Jeff, as a range owner, has guns that over the course of a couple years, might rack up 100,000 rounds or more. Jason, an agency armorer, is responsible for hundreds of guns that each, will burn through several thousand rounds in a year in the hands of his agency’s police officers. And as a competitive shooter and instructor, I have found myself burning through well over 25,000 rounds of ammunition even in “slow” years where I haven’t had time to compete. Still, all of this pales in comparison to facilities like Battlefield Las Vegas, one the largest commercial ranges in the country. These guys will burn through 400,000 rounds in a single month and Ron Henderson, of Battlefield Las Vegas made a great post on his firm’s experience operating AR15s in a high volume environment. He leads off with some interesting facts about their experience with the AR15 and what breaks.

– Some of our M4’s have well over 200,000 rounds down range. Barrels have been replaced, gas tubes have been replaced, BCG’s have been replaced but what sets it apart from the AK47’s is that upper and lower receivers continue to function. AK’s get to about the 100,000+ round count and rails on the receiver will start to crack. It’s an easy fix with tig welding but they crack. We have yet to lose an upper or lower receiver from cracking.

– We get about 20,000 rounds out of bolts before we start experiencing issues. The headspace gauge will start getting closing on NO-GO but not close on field. We will lose a lug on the bolt. The bolt will start skipping over rounds in the magazine and fail to insert a round. We use LMT and Daniel Defense bolts and some will actually go longer but at about 20,000 rounds is when we will start to see issues appear.

– Gas tubes will erode away at the FSB after 12+ months

– Charging handles will “stretch” allowing the locking lever and spring to fly out

– Hammer pins and disconnectors on the 8.5″ full-auto’s will break after approximately 4,000-5,000 rounds regardless of the buffer weight

– We have yet to lose a single flash hider as compared to muzzle brakes on an AK-47. The muzzle brakes will literally split in half, looking a like bird with his beak open and go flying down range.

There are not a lot of shooters outside the military, law enforcement, or the competition world who will put enough ammunition through their guns to discover issues like this. Even in the competitive shooting world, it will typically take a single high-volume shooter well over a year to gather this much information about a single rifle. Understand that when you tell us you’ve put 2,500 rounds through one gun you’ve owned for ten years, we are comparing that data point with people who will put 2,500 rounds through one gun in month or, in the case of Battlefield Las Vegas, a single day.

Henderson also had some very interesting comments on piston-driven AR15s. Personally, I have not jumped onto the piston bandwagon where the AR15 is concerned. Mainly because so many retrofits seemed just plain flimsy when compared to other 5.56mm rifles that were designed from the ground up as long or short-stroke, piston-driven guns such as the FN SCAR, Sig 550, or even the old AR-180. My opinion aside, it seems this range has found that only on piston AR15 upper works in their environment…

– We no longer use ANY piston conversions or factory pistons guns with the exception of the HK-416 “knock-off” TDI upper. I purchased a FACTORY brand-new MR556 and it started keyholing after only 10,000 rounds. I was SO pissed because I spent all that money on the gun and it couldn’t last 10,000 rounds. I had barrels from before we even opened the range with 1,000’s of rounds on them from J&T Distributing (chrome-lined) that didn’t keyhole well into the 80,000-100,000 range. I don’t know who makes or made the J&T barrels but I was so pissed that actually wasted the money on a MR556 and that’s all I got from it. I purchased two of the 14.5″ TDI knock-offs approximately 6-8 weeks ago and they have been on the line daily with ZERO issues. I only purchased them because people will come in specifically request the “416” and even they’ve never handled a weapon their entire lives, they KNOW that the top half isn’t the “416 like in COD/MW”.

– The only piston system to last on the range so far is the HK416 and TD415 system. Ever other systems we have tried has failed in one way or another. I won’t say who’s broke or how they broke so PLEASE don’t ask. Each mfg has their own system for cleaning intervals and we may not follow their way. We have a way of cleaning and keeping records that suits our needs because of so much use.

Another really interesting tid-bit that has long been a subject of discussion is the longevity of magazines. Henderson says USGI magazines have outlasted ALL other magazines. This includes all generations of P-MAGS.

– USGI mags have outlasted all of the other brands. We use UGSI (Brownell’s with tan follower) and on a mag for mag basis, they have outlasted Pmags and a few of the other mags that we get from mfg’ers with new weapons. We don’t have to worry about various generations with different weapons like the MR556, SCAR, F2000, Tavor or a couple of others that use AR15/M4 magazines.

You can read the original post over at AR15.com. Some of the comments are at least entertaining. But further down, there’s another really important take away regarding your favorite brand of lube. Specifically, Henderson says, “All of the lubes we have ever used worked as long as we continued to lube the weapons. Some lubes lasted longer than others but again… they ALL worked as advertised.” I honestly can’t disagree with him but, keep in mind, this is under range conditions. Our own experience at GOTR is that some of the bio-degradable, food or plant based lubricants out there seem to present issues in freezing temperatures. That said, WE do not have enough data on this to tell you definitively that the failures we have seen were directly attributable to the lubricants themselves or, as the manufacturers suggested, excessive/improper application of the product. Again, the original post and thread are worth a read and can be found here.


Infrared Spectroscopy of FireClean and Crisco Oils | Vuurwapen Blog

Andrew Tuohy over at Vuurwapen Blog has stirred up a hornet’s nest. And I’m personally just enjoying the discussion with a bag of popcorn. At issue? The allegation that FireClean is basically “Crisco” or some other form of vegetable oil.

I say I’m simply watching with a bag of popcorn because I don’t have a horse in the race. I have not used FireClean but, I have used vegetable oil as a lubricant. Not in a gun but, perhaps to silence a squeaky door hinge if nothing else was handy. Still, there’s a little bit of science in this discussion and the results are somewhat interesting. It’s worth a read at the link below.

“I did not – and still do not – believe that FireClean is Crisco, but not for the reason you might think. Although such statements make for shocking arguments, it wouldn’t really make sense to buy a name brand product at a high price if the goal was to resell and make money.

Still, the claim that FireClean is nothing more than Crisco is not one to be taken lightly by anyone – not by consumers and certainly not by the company. I spoke at length with one of the makers of FireClean, Ed Sugg, and he assured me that not a single drop of Crisco has ever been part of their formulation, even during initial testing with various mixtures. Interestingly enough, he specifically mentioned that soybean oil had not been part of their testing.”

Read more at: Infrared Spectroscopy of FireClean and Crisco Oils | Vuurwapen Blog


After aide shot, New York governor urges national gun control – Yahoo News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A day after one of his top aides was critically wounded by a stray bullet, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday called for a national gun control policy, saying that New York’s tough firearms laws are ineffective if they stand alone.

Police sought suspects in the shooting of Carey Gabay, 43, believed to be an unintended target who was struck in the head at an outdoor celebration on Monday before the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said.

Source: After aide shot, New York governor urges national gun control – Yahoo News

I’ll give Governor Cuomo credit, he is nothing if not consistent in his belief that more laws will solve his problems. Now that someone close to him has been wounded in spite of New York’s already draconian gun-laws which were made stricter still in the wake of the 2012 murders at Sandy Hook, he has simply doubled down. He insists there must be a national change. He is rolling out the age old argument that guns are coming in from outside his jurisdiction and that his plans can only work if every other state in the Union conforms to his brand of gun-control.

I will submit, Cuomo is partially right. If every state in the Union had the same policies as New York, you’d have far fewer legally owned guns in the country. But I suspect the illegal guns would still be out there. Europe as a whole is awash in gun laws not unlike New York. And yet, we have been seeing steady reports of attacks with guns there. And not just random shots from a pistol between gang members. No. In Europe, they step right up to full-auto AK-47s that can be purchased illegally there about as easily as you or I might legally buy a pack of bubblegum in the US. But, regular citizens. The law-abiding type, are not generally afforded the right of self-defense in Europe. Instead, they are expected to be good little subjects/victims of both their governments and criminals alike. That is the lifestyle Governor Cuomo would prefer the entire country lead. Of course, he’s got his own security detail carrying guns for him. The rest of us should be so lucky.


Kenneth Cole slammed by psychiatric group for gun reform billboard – Sep. 3, 2015

The American Psychiatric Association took to Twitter to express its disappointment with designer Kenneth Cole for his gun control billboard.

Source: Kenneth Cole slammed by psychiatric group for gun reform billboard – Sep. 3, 2015

Kenneth Cole is not in any way, pro-gun. He’s as left leaning as it gets up to the point it affects his bank account. Is all for making money himself, of course. That said, in making a public statement in favor of gun control, he actually hit the nail on the head with respect to many of the high profile shootings that have occurred in this country. He paid for a billboard that reads: “Over 40M Americans suffer from mental illness. Some can access care…All can access guns.”

The American Psychiatric Association slammed him and demanded he take the sign down because, “It provides the gross misimpression that people with mental illness are violent,” and incorrectly links mental illness with gun violence and the need for gun control according to APA President, Dr. Renee Binder. Admittedly, the good doctor is absolutely right in her statement that the, “…vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent and most acts of violence are not committed by people with mental illness.” However, there is also fair and accurate to say that a great many of the highest profile incidents that grab so much of the nation’s attention do involve people with mental illnesses that had gone untreated or even undiagnosed prior to their acts of violence.

In all the calls for background checks, bans of modern firearms/magazines, and even the outright repeal of the 2nd Amendment, no one seems to want to address the mentally ill elephant in the room. The argument is that pointing out the mental illness of the perpetrators of so many of the most heinous acts of violence we see in this country would unfairly stigmatize all mental illness and cause people not to seek help when they need it. And so, the APA’s answer is to sweep any relationship between unlawful violence and mental illness under the rug. To ignore it and continue to simply point the finger at the tool (so long as it’s a gun) rather than directly address mental illness as a factor. There was a time when medical organizations concentrated on medicine. Those days appear to be over.