Within about 90 days, X Products will begin shipping the new X-1 Stand Alone Launcher. This bad boy isn’t a firearm, so just like buying a stapler or any other random thing online, it will ship directly to your door.
See the video above for a rundown on the new X-1 from its developer, plus a little footage of me firing the standard Can Cannon at a clay pigeon. Thankfully I missed on purpose so y’all can see just how far a can of Big Red will fly.
The break-open, single-shot X-1 “can cannon” has an entirely unique, self-contained fire control unit and a chamber that only accepts blank ammo. Additionally, the barrel design is unique to the X-1 so no ability to swap for a live ammo-firing barrel exists.
As a blank ammo firing device, the X-1 is not a firearm or an otherwise regulated item and can ship through the mail directly to consumers.
But what to do with an X-1 Stand Alone Launcher, you ask? How about fire soda cans 100 yards or golf balls 800 yards? The X-1 also launches all sorts of other cans of the same or similar diameter of a soda can, which includes shaving cream, whipped cream, and a whole lot more. Plus tennis balls, racquet balls and a growing line of X Products accessories such as grappling hooks, arrows, and even self-inflating life rings for maritime use, and more.
The fire control unit slides into the front of the 3D-printed “receiver,” and can be easily moved into different receivers as X Products and, most likely, the aftermarket release all sorts of different designs. Again, because the X-1 isn’t a firearm, there are no rules around shoulder stocks or anything like that, so the portion of the X-1 behind the barrel can take effectively any form desired.
EDIT by Jeremy S.: three years ago, one of the owners and then-CEO of X Products, James Malarkey, posted some extremely anti-Second Amendment ideas and opinions on his social media. TTAG covered that news HERE. My recollection was that the company swiftly fired him and took a very clear “those comments are 100% not in line with our company, which staunchly supports gun rights and, therefore, we fired him” etc etc stance. Well, it turns out Mr. Malarkey is still an owner of the company. According to public records (scroll down to the Corporation Search section and enter UBI 603484828) he’s one of four owners and one of three company “Governors,” and according to his own LinkedIn account he owns precisely half of X Products. From a “journalistic” perspective I’ll continue to cover X Products’ products when it makes sense to do so, and will cover them fairly and honestly, but I will include a “just so you know” blurb like this one and I will not personally patronize X Products.