Gone are the days of newspapers, magazines and network television. Social media is today’s top source for news, entertainment and information. But with the quick pace of trending topics and 140-character updates, unless you live online, you’re bound to miss something. Luckily for you, that’s my job. The Social Media Reload features the most popular, interesting, entertaining and controversial content in the firearms and outdoors industry from the past week and repackages it into a quick list with a bang. Read on and see what you missed this week.
ATF DOESN’T LIKE SODA
Since last year, there hasn’t been a more enjoyable way to consume your favorite soda than with an X Products Can Cannon. Marketed as a “launching device for soda cans and other heavy, thin walled objects” capable of “launching full, unopened 12 oz. soda cans…an average distance of 105 yards,” the Can Cannon has come under fire recently by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who now consider it a prohibited item when placed on a rifle receiver (SBR) or installed on a pistol (AOW). In layman’s terms, the Can Cannon will require a $200 tax stamp on top of its $399 price tag, much like suppressors. However, the company has announced their intent to submit a revised design to address the issues in the ATF determination letter and will update customers throughout the process. For now, I guess we’ll all have to drink our soda.
What if we told you that you didn’t need an expensive fishing rod or a fancy lure to land a catch? This young angler, Avery, proved just that, bringing in a 20 inch, 5-pound bass with just a $12.99 Youth Barbie Spincast Combo Kit and encouragement from her dad. The video is surely the cutest thing you’ll see all day as Avery reels in the fish between uncontrollable laughter and cries for help. The best part may be that she doesn’t even realize her father is filming the entire experience on his phone until halfway through the two and a half-minute video, finally asking “Dad, are you making a video?” With or without video, this is certainly a memory neither Avery nor her proud father will soon forget. (via Outdoor Hub) [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8k70F2FnXY] KEEP CALM AND BRRRT ON
You know what they say, six barrels are better than one. This summer, international online magazine FRAG OUT! Magazine got their hands on a Dillon Aero M134 Gatling Gun with Polish Special Forces for some fun in the sun. The M134 is “the finest small-caliber, defense suppression weapon available” capable of firing 3,000 7.62 NATO rounds per minute and is used by both the U.S. and allied forces. However, because of the multi-barrel design, “each barrel only experiences a 500 round per minute rate of fire” giving the entire system a life span of more than 1.5 million rounds! Our only question is, when is it our turn to shoot?
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