(Last) Weekly Roundup: Here Comes The YEET CANNON Edition

There are more things in heaven and in earth, Patricia, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Such as the YEET CANNON. It’s a joke, but it’s also a very real product. For $199, you can buy an American-made 9mm pistol with “YEET CANNON” printed on the side.

“Yeeting”, by the way, refers to the practice of violent displacement, often with some style: “He yeeted that Mountain Dew can into the trash.” My son tells me that “Get yeeted on!” is considered to be quite the insult among his peers.

The existence of the Yeet Cannon, and the story behind it, suggests that the future is going to be a little more complicated than some of us would like to believe.

The last time I used my long-departed stainless-steel Colt Gold Cup .45 pistol to shoot a bowling pin match, which was some time in 1996, there wasn’t much of a Gun Internet. A few USENET newsgroups and small websites, maybe. The vast majority of the firearms news and information was disseminated through a few color magazines and through the rumor mill that started grinding any time two or three shooters would gather at a smallbore match or sit around the lobby of a target range. It was not exactly what we would call an inclusive environment. As a decidedly non-rural college student, I faced my share of off-putting behavior from various gun store employees and competitive shooters. Nowadays that’s called “gatekeeping”. It was very strong among “gun people”. It was also tough to get reliable information on how well various firearm and/or ammunition offerings actually performed. The old guys would sit around and talk about how a .357 Magnum could shoot through an engine block and stop a car in its tracks — which it absolutely cannot.

In the twenty-plus years since then, the gatekeeping has completely disappeared, replaced with a panoply of shooting-related Internet sites. This has coupled with an uptick in upper-middle-class spending power to rapidly increase the rate at which guns are built and sold, from about 3 million per year in 1986 to more than 9 million per year today. It’s also now possible to build your own serial-number-free AR-15 in the comfort of your own basement, thanks to the Ghost Gunner. Nor is this acceleration in firearms culture limited to the old Baby Boomers who are responsible for most performance-car purchases. An entire generation of young shooters was created by ultra-realistic video games; they’re now buying Desert Eagles and Steyr AUGs as fast as the manufacturers can turn them out.

Which brings us to the Yeet Cannon. Hi-Point Firearms has long been lampooned by serious shooters for the cheap construction and hilariously unattractive design of its guns, even as the hard left has vilified the firm for making “ghetto blasters” available at a third of the price you’d pay for a “serious” Glock or SIG. Yet they’ve done a pretty decent job of engaging with their buyers online, to the point that they realized the business case for allowing those buyers to vote in the name “Yeet Cannon” for their newest pistol. Imagine Apple, or Dell, allowing the Internet to name their newest tech toy the “Yeetphone” or “Yeet Laptop”. You can’t. When gun makers are more responsive to Millennial and Gen Z buyers than “edgy” Left Coast firms… well, that’s definitely a data point to consider when predicting the future.

I’m old enough to remember an era where the vast majority of authority (and authoritarian) figures were conservative or at least centrist. If you wanted to rebel against something — anything — you had to lean left. Which your humble author duly did, casting his first vote for William Clinton in 1992 and running Clinton/Gore stickers on his BMX numberplate. Quite a bit has changed since then. Today’s Establishment is painfully, humorlessly woke. If you want to rebel in 2019, you could do a lot worse than to put on a tie and start talking about family values. It’s worth noting that it takes quite a bit of censorship, often verging on the comically heavy-handed, to keep places like 4Chan, 8ch, and Reddit from leaning, or completely turning, conservative. What does this mean for the future? My crystal ball isn’t clear enough to say for sure, but I wonder if we aren’t on the verge of a New Victorian era. There will be some resistance from the old Gen Xers and Millennials, but truly committed youthful political movements rarely scruple at the forceful silencing of their useless elders. What did Chairman Mao say? “Power grows out of the barrel… of a Yeet Cannon.”

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55 Replies to “(Last) Weekly Roundup: Here Comes The YEET CANNON Edition”

  1. AvatarBaconator

    I wouldn’t have really considered a Hi-Point before, but this is hilarity enough that I’m tempted to get one the next time I visit the Bass Pro Shop. And that’s what good marketing is about.

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  2. AvatarNewbie Jeff

    …an admission of voting for Clinton-Gore isn’t even worth a yawn in the context of 2019 politics, and especially considering WJC is fully to the right of today’s corporate, as you say, “woke establishment”… much less the current corps of Democrats who bully us all to comply. If anything, it’s the left that you’re going to have some ‘splain’n to do… “I voted for Clinton in 1992 because he was married to the one who wasn’t Trump!!!” …which will make perfect sense to your puritan inquisitors.

    How in the world this country will survive such a massive ideological upheaval, while a large portion of us simply refuse to budge… I don’t know.

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  3. AvatarChris Tonn

    My father-in-law runs a gun store in a rural area. I’m struggling to contain myself as I picture his reaction should a Yeet Cannon cross his display counter…

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  4. Avatarrambo furum

    I’d disagree with the term conservative, which really doesn’t mean anything anymore. Self-proclaimed conservatives, boomers and the Fox News or talk-radio set, have conserved almost nothing and are merely slightly retarded, as in retarded ignition, leftists. Traditionalist or reactionary might be better terms.

    Mr. Baruth tends to have a good finger on society’s pulse and it is glorious to see him acknowledge that the current Weimar degeneracy will meet a sudden reversal. The loonies that believe in the Whig theory of history, that society always moves toward permissiveness, are poor students of history.

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    • Avatarpaul pellico

      well, conservative has become yet another “anti-global warming” like term.
      it used to mean a financial and community standards position. today it was morphed into a religious right branding.

      If you are conservative, you are a anti-homesexual, christian religious fanatic.

      i recently got into an argument in los angeles with my little brother, a fervent leftist, and he called me a right fanatic. he knows i am an atheist. he knows i am against most government interference, but since i don’t side with him on global warming being man made or trump, he is now free to call me a “flat-earther”…anything at all in the irritating group straw-dogging argument style that the left has become so skilled at.

      i am a liberterian ex hippie and more liberal thinking than he is!

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      • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

        My politics haven’t changed that much in 40 years but the politcal ground beneath my feet has moved. What was once classical liberalism is now disparaged as alt-right. The left uses motte and bailey arguments all over the place but how dare you call them socialists at the same time they say that public roads are socialism.

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        • Avatareverybodyhatesscott

          My politics haven’t changed that much in 40 years but the politcal ground beneath my feet has moved.

          When I was in college in 2003ish, it was a left belief that we shouldn’t outsource all manufacturing to China. It was a belief a fairly right wing EBHS ‘muh free trade comparative advantage’ disagreed with vehemently. An older, hopefully wiser, EBHS thinks “outsourcing everything to China was a bad idea and we should bring manufacturing back” and now I’m a Nazi.

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  5. Avatarhank chinaski

    A router from the hardware store and an easy jig are pedestrian alternative to the GG. The real fun will start when folks are home fabbing the whole damn things with used CNC machines.

    I wants me a HiPoint PCC with a bullpup conversion. Because.

    Mentioning the chans and Reddit in the same sentence AND dissing .357 . I can’t even.

    One key to any successful business: don’t openly hate your customers.

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    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      One key to any successful business: don’t openly hate your customers.

      I’m trying to sell Harmonicasters, so I don’t talk politics with musicians. I try not to roll my eyes too obviously when they start getting political.

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  6. Avatargtem

    Jack I feel like you are a spiritual ‘Zoomer,’ and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. I have much hope for the future, if the Millennials (of which I am part of) are for the most part the result of horrible Boomer
    style parenting (guess whose fragile egos all those participation trophies were for?), the Zoomers are a fascinating new breed and a notable portion of them are lashing out at this horrible and stifling corporate-sponsored “wokeness.” At least that’s the impression from interacting with them to some degree on Twitter.

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    • AvatarMike

      Millennials aren’t Boomer kids. Gen-X (or which I guess I am one) are the Boomer’s kids. Mill’s are the X-ers kids.

      I can remember when everything was going to hell in the basket in one’s hand because the X’ers were slackers and living in their parents’ basements.

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      • AvatarMopar4wd

        Depends on what criteria you use. Lots of the studies seem to include boomer kids as millennial. (born after 1980)

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        • AvatarStephen

          I am a boomer (one of the last years). Two of my kids are Millenials, the other 2 fall in the next gen. Z?

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  7. AvatarCJinSD

    I just got back from my annual college buddy trip to the island of whites. There were ten of us this year, all Gen-X. Of the 2019 attendees, I would label two as extremely conservative. Most of the others are somewhere in the middle. One was recently a few feet away from the mass shooting in a Virginia Beach city office building. Total gun ownership is somewhere over a dozen, less than two hundred.

    The commie Commonwealth Attorney was a no-show at the last minute this year. Two leftists did show up. One of them has daughters who will be barren from all the abortions they’ll have had before they decide to have kids. The other has a kid who is in transition. I didn’t ask which direction. It’s probably a coincidence that it is the more conservative types who like to talk about their kids and aren’t the mines in the conversation minefield.

    I don’t really see how optimism is justified at this time. If anything, it is ominous that there are guns being marketed at ADD-med-riddled, FPS videogame-addled zombies who’ve matriculated from our Marxist indoctrination camps. I liked it when most of the guns were in the hands of people who understand the bill of rights. Everyone is sitting around while ANTIFA assaults on the old and the weak become the norm. Wait until those Democrat pawns have guns with pink hammers and sickles molded into them.

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    • AvatarNewbie Jeff

      “…that society always moves toward permissiveness, are poor students of history.”

      “I don’t really see how optimism is justified at this time. If anything, it is ominous that there are guns being marketed at ADD-med-riddled, FPS videogame-addled zombies who’ve matriculated from our Marxist indoctrination camps. I liked it when most of the guns were in the hands of people who understand the bill of rights. Everyone is sitting around while ANTIFA assaults on the old and the weak become the norm. Wait until those Democrat pawns have guns with pink hammers and sickles molded into them”

      This. Absolutely this.

      It shouldn’t be any stretch to conclude that decades of leftward shift in public education and academia has churned out generations of youth, ahem, progressively more feeble, clueless, and useless… and yet, never more convinced of their own intellectual prowess and footing atop the moral high ground.

      …it’s also not hard to see that it’s all going SOMEWHERE… you can’t build the ideologically self-righteous clone army, give it enemies, and not expect it to go to war.

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      • AvatarDan

        If you really think this, go spend a couple hours on the chans browsing, I’m not sure if I can say this here, /pol/ and /k/.

        Those are the millennials and zoomers.vote-bombing for “yeet cannon”. The leftward shift you’re worried about, while present, isn’t overlapping with the gun ownership you’re worried about.

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        • AvatarNewbie Jeff

          “…isn’t overlapping with the gun ownership you’re worried about.”

          …Yet, friend… yet. That’s the point. I admittedly can lack imagination, but a few years ago I would never have imagined the state in which our country exists now. Now, nothing surprises me…. nor should it surprise anyone else. We’ve descended the slippery slope, and to the original point, it’s going all somewhere. Fanatical, violent, masked leftists who claim public spaces as their own are going to figure out eventually that the ends justify the means, and with the right amount of mental gymnastics so many ideologues are capable of these days, will fancy themselves the righteously-armed soldiers of anti-fascism…

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      • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

        and yet, never more convinced of their own intellectual prowess and footing atop the moral high ground.

        When one juxtaposes their surety of intellectual and moral superiority with their ignorance of anything they haven’t been spoonfed in their indoctrination and hypocrisy when judged by their own professed rules, one must laugh… or cry.

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    • AvatarPanzer

      They won’t have the guns though, because they think that they’re in charge. That’ll change when the AR-15’s are in their faces..

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  8. AvatarMopar4wd

    While the right is getting loud. Looking at demographics and overall social media it seem likely most of the rebellious youth are going really hard left instead of right. I think what you are seeing is young conservatives deciding they can be much more vocal then in the past.
    In my very blue state you can see this odd shift of the wealthy areas going blue and the rural blue collar going red. Like your piece on new vs old wealth there is something to which class is more vocal and in which arena. In the end I think the left is going to do well over the next 20 years with some serious issues caused by the senate.

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    • AvatarCJinSD

      What is odd about the shift? It used to be that the left spent most of its time lying to the working classes, promising them a bigger piece of the pie and protecting them from market competition. Now, the working class has had too much time to see what the left was really doing; consolidating power and playing divide and concur with any threats to their wealth and power. You can’t be pro labor and pro open border. You can’t have Obama and Clinton denigrating working Americans while simultaneously being the party of fining Americans for not being able to afford healthcare and promising free healthcare to border-jumpers while expecting working people to support you. The wealthy shifting left has a number of causes. For one thing, the bigger the government’s fascism, the fewer of the rich have clean hands. They’re rich because they play along with global Marxism.

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  9. Avatarbullnuke

    “The old guys would sit around and talk about how a .357 Magnum could shoot through an engine block and stop a car in its tracks — which it absolutely cannot. “. Ha! I remember as a young sailor teaching the mysteries of nuclear propulsion plant operations out in the Idaho desert trying to puncture the engine block of a derelict Rambler on the outskirts of Idaho Falls using my Colt Trooper Mk III in .357 using various 158 grain projectiles firing from varying distances using different powder loads (my roommates and I had an RCBS reloading setup in the basement). After a couple of worrying ricochets during our very scientific testing utilizing well over 100 rounds we found that you could get ’em through the trunk lid from behind (that was part of the legend – a fearless officer of the law shooting his .357 through the car during a pursuit to disable the engine) and they would end up in the rear seat back upholstery or front seat back upholstery at best. More directly aimed those deadly pellets would end up looking much like bird crap splats on the engine block when aiming through the grill or fender area, maybe cracking the water jacket (watch out for that ricochet, Beavis!) at best. Another myth busted before “Myth Busters” and another addition to my skeptical mindset (“Always operate with a questioning attitude.”, as Admiral Hyman G. Rickover commanded us).

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    • Avatardejal

      I have a cousin I haven’t seen in 40 years that was playing with a gun in Colorado in a box canyon. Ricochet went in his temple and came out above his ear. Lived to tell the tail. Was relatively useless after that from what I hear.

      Didn’t get along with his family in New England before that. Even less after.

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  10. AvatarDirty Dingus McGee

    YEET CANNON? The hell?

    Although I guess it’s no more foolish of a name than the late Street Sweeper shotgun. That name however was an accurate description of what the gun could do.

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  11. AvatarDirt Roads

    Ha. I voted for Clinton – twice – then next I voted for Baby Bush. Hated Reagan in the day, now he’s not so bad.

    Watching the Antifa in Portland the other day, not being challenged at all by the police while in a crowd on a public street they beat on a journo, that’s where things seem to be going. I used to live in the Portland area, and I’d never go back. Or if I did, I’d probably be thrown in jail for shooting someone. *shrug*

    Freedom isn’t free.

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    • Avatardejal

      I hit the Gofundme that Michelle Malkin set up for Andy Ngo, the journo. The mayor is a tool from what I hear and does everything in his power to let that crap happen. But, the people there have the kind of government they want. Why anyone would want that is beyond me.

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  12. Avatar-Nate

    Q.:

    ? Are Hi-Point firearms actually bad weapons ? .

    Cheaply made and maybe wear out quickly or what’s the issue ? .

    TIA,

    -Nate

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      They’re not accurate and they have no fineness of detail. They’re the Mitsubishi Mirage of guns.

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    • AvatarDirty Dingus McGee

      Modern version of the old Saturday Night Special.

      Inside of 25 feet, there is a chance you will hit your target. If the weapon doesn’t jam.

      You would almost be better off hitting who/whatever with the gun, instead of firing it. Or maybe throwing rocks at the target.

      (Maybe they are better these days, been 15 or so years since I fired one.)

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      • Avatardejal

        It’s gun. It goes bang. The people or persons the gun is pointed at probably don’t know the particular nuances of this gun and probably don’t care.

        Intimidation and never firing it on the cheap.

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      • Avatar-Nate

        Thank you both .

        When I was young the
        Gunny Sargent told me unless I was in really close, I might as well throw a 1911 .45 at whomever as expect it to hit them .

        IIRC the actual words were ‘after a couple hundred yards the round might circle back and hit _you_’ .

        My son’s later model National match 1911A1 shoots vert well as does my old Colt “pocket .32” ~ an automatic that pre dates the 1911 .

        Too bad $200 doesn’t buy a good quality American made pistol new .

        You guys will laugh but I’ve seen many automatics carved up crudely by hand with gang names and logos…

        No respect for the tool .

        -Nate

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        • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

          I found a 1907 Savage .380 ACP that my late father had hidden inside an inner lining in his upholstered rocking chair. It wasn’t loaded, as a matter of fact I later found the magazine somewhere else in my parents’ home. I took it to a local gun shop to have them test fire it (I didn’t want anything to blow up in my face). It still fires but needs a good cleaning to get through ten rounds reliably.
          If I get a carry permit I might end up with a KelTec or Taurus. I have small hands and the 1911s and Glocks I’ve handled just don’t feel comfortable.

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          • Avatar-Nate

            Nice ;

            The chances of it exploding at small unless it’s seriously rusty, take it and have it serviced or better yet, find and print out the exploded diagram and cleaning instructions for it, take it apart, clean well and learn how it works, you’ll enjoy it more .

            At the very least pickle it in oil, do not allow it to sit unprotected in a box as rust never sleeps .

            ? Didja know ? the late comedian Freddy Prince killed him self with an .380, IIRC it was a chrome or nickle plated Astra, I had a blue one at the time and was able to sell it on for serious coin right after he did .

            -Nate

  13. Avatar-Nate

    BTW : “gang bangers and idiots” : you’re repeating yourself and you forgot to ad COWARD .

    -Nate

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  14. AvatarAoLetsGo

    Not from a gun family and my only one is a shotgun for skeet shooting. That gun is in my brother’s safe and I have not fired it in years. But…. Been thinking about getting a pistol lately. Any opinions on the Glock G26 vs. SIG Sauer P365?
    There is a gun store/shooting range near the office. Looking at the web site it is neat, clean, well lit, professionally run and has a huge inventory. They have all kinds of training classes from police to newbies to women only. Looks like a total paradigm shift from the old gun culture.

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      • AvatarCliffG

        Given you have never really handled a pistol before, the grip/barrel angle of a Glock is unlikely to be an issue. I would suggest you rent 7-8 handguns and take a class before shelling out any money. The great news is that $500 all in buys a wondrously reliable and accurate weapon, and there are probably 10 manufacturers of really good guns in that price range. It is a golden age for that just like a whole lot of other things. Then, go out and practice. One warning: If you start down the shooting slope, you will be astonished how many guns you own in another 5-7 years. Just a heads up.

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        • Avatar-Nate

          @ AOL :

          Like most things (cars for example) no one thing / tool (remember : firearms are TOOLS, not toys, and like chainsaws they’re dangerous if not respected and handled properly) is ever the single answer and *anyone* who says “ony buy this product” isn’t giving you good advice .

          As mentioned, go rent / borrow as many different as you can and run a few clips through each,

          The mighty Colt 1911 pattern piston is a good gun and there are many variants / copies, the one thing is has is stopping power, “flesh wounds” almost never happen when you carry a .45 but not every one wants to go full Dirty harry all the time so try some out and see what suits _you_, not what the guys at the range who will always try to up sell or others who use firearms mostly to compensate for fear or perceived inadiqucy in life .

          I carried a 4″ barrel Smith & Wesson M&P .32 for decades , a medium sized pistol, old fashioned wheel gun , it service it’s purpose just fine, I also dabbled with a .22LR tiny automatic, light and compact, easy to conceal (necessary at the time) , in time I gave it to my G.F. who was a traveling Nurse just in case, she never pulled it that I knew of .

          Weapons of any stripe are serious business, don’t pay any attention to “oh, that’s a girls gun” bullshit, choose what works and most importantly, is _comfortable_ to you ~ my son’s NM 1911A? with hot loads will blow holes in any assailant but if it’s so damn ponderous you can’t get it clear and aimed in time, it’s a waste of time .

          Agreed, folks who are on serious budgets need to be able to purchase low cost firearms but I’d rather have a good quality safe weapon than one of those rattly made behind the iron curtain (means in any dictatorship, not just communists) automatic pistols I see that get hot in your hands (always a bad thing) or simply -explode* in your hand, the ‘Saturday Night Special’ is no myth nor exaggeration ~ I’ve been there when a cheapo pistol explodes and folks usually get only some cuts and maybe powder burns but occasionally you get a curbside lobotomy, think before you spend your ca$h as cheap weapons can and usually will come back to haunt or bite you .

          Rah rah bullshit like ‘when seconds count and the police are minutes away’ is total bullshit made up by the marketing department and clung tightly to by the ignorant and fearful, don’t be one of them .

          -Nate

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          • AvatarTTDaley

            Rattly pistols? The ancient Hi Power I was issued sounded like shaking a biscuit tin full of bolts.

            Jack, that link wasn’t working for me. What is the superiority of Glocks?

          • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

            They are by far the most reliable pistols made. The gap to second is so large that no one even knows who is in second.

            They are the most durable firearms ever produced.

            Any idiot can repair them. I’m a Certified Glock Armorer, if that gives you an idea of how easy it is.

  15. AvatarShocktastic

    Hi-Points work just fine. Poor or thrifty people have the right to self-defense, too. I’d trust a Hi-Point with a factory ammo hollow point that has a rounded tip any day. The whole “Saturday night special” tagline came from anti-gunners. Pistols are for close range work in the gravest extreme of situations. Volunteer as a range safety officer at a range or gun club and you will see everything jam or fail to feed. You can buy the best Les Baer or Wilson combat 1911 and it will ftf if you limp wrist it. For the poster asking Jack about a G26 vs the Sig thingie, buy Glock over Sig these days. SigArms is very inconsistent these days on the QC side and their product is either great out of the box or it’s not; getting a lemon gun serviced makes the lemon car warranty experience look like a walk in the park. It takes a lot of practice to shoot a g26 well with that stubby grip. If I see a G26 or G27 come out of a range bag & I don’t recognize the shooter, I stand behind him/her until I see their first group on their target. A single stack compact like the G43 is easier to use under stress. Cross-shop the S&W Shield vs the Ruger LC9 Pro, too. A lot of it depends on the shape of your hand & personal preference.

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    • AvatarDirty Dingus McGee

      As I’m the one who made the Saturday Night Special comment, let me explain;

      I’m no anti-gunner as I’ve been around firearms since age 7-8 (now age 61) and formerly held a FFL as a retailer. My reference to Hi-Point as a crap gun was based on my own experience, both selling and shooting them. At the time, I put them in the same category as Raven Arms for accuracy and dependability. Yes, higher priced weapons are sometimes lacking in quality, but my experience showed the lower priced weapons more likely to have issues. I’ll equate them to any other tool I have bought; you pay more for good tools, but you only have to buy them once, ie; a Snap-On ratchet vs one from Harbor Freight.

      I have in recent years retired from regular carry, my Browning High Power (pre Japanese, FN manufactured) and am most likely these day to carry a Ruger P95DC. I have a big ole mitt and it fits well and I have yet to have an issue using any quality ammo, be it HP, FMJ or regular ball ammo.

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