Hi-Point Yeet Cannon

Hi-Point Yeet Cannon: The Story Behind This Oddly-Named Firearm

You can blame social media, meme culture, and Hi-Point for this hilarious abomination of a handgun.

Back in 2019, Hi-Point proved it didn't learn the lesson of the internet-naming campaign that resulting in a British scientific research vessel bearing the name: Boaty McBoatface.

In this case, the company famous for extremely inexpensive and, let's face it, ugly firearms ended up bowing to the will of commenters and named its new semi-auto 9mm handgun the YC9, which stands for Yeet Cannon, after about 500,000 people voted for it.

The name was submitted by "Cameron M" in the gunmaker's "Name That Nine" contest. He got a free special edition Yeet Cannon for his contribution before the gun was officially released at SHOT Show 2020.

If one consults the interwebs, the slang word "yeet" means a few different things (none of them dirty), but one of those meanings is simply "to throw something." It's a gun, it throws a bullet...so naturally, you get "Yeet Cannon." Makes perfect sense. And it made perfect meme fodder on social media.

The Yeet Cannon, especially with an optional $100 bill camo dip, has sold incredibly well just for the novelty of it, and the name "Yeet Cannon G1" is prominently displayed in white letters on the black slide.

The semi-automatic 9mm pistol from Hi-Point firearms are what some people would call "grotesque." It looks a lot like the Hi-Point C9 pistol and has the following features.

Hi-Point Yeet Cannon G1 9mm Specs

Barrel Length: 3.5"

Weight: 29 oz.

Capacity: 8-shot mag standard (10-shot avail)

Overall length: 6.75"

Sights: 3-dots, fully-adjustable rear sight

Finish: Black powder coat

Additional Features:

  • +P rated
  • High-impact polymer frame
  • High-impact grips
  • Durable, attractive easy-grip finish
  • 3-dot, fully adjustable sights
  • Free extra rear peep sight
  • Last round lock open
  • FREE trigger lock
  • Magazine disconnect safety
  • Quick on-off thumb safety
  • Operations & safety sheet
  • Lifetime warranty
  • MSRP: $199

The low price is likely what's so attractive to many, but as it goes with most things, you get what you pay for.

The Hi-Point Yeet Cannon certainly has its place in firearm lore, but it may not have a place in everyone's gun safe.

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