Today’s photo features a California Firefighter firing what looks a lot like an X-Products Can Cannon. In fact that is a flare launcher, the Large Format Launcher (LFL) from fire fighting equipment company Firequick Products.
Like the Can Cannon the launcher is based on the AR-15 platform. Firequick specialise in “incendiary flares and launcher systems for wildland fire fighters who want safe, effective, and reliable means of initiating fire for both control and prescribed burn operations.”
The LFL is in the final stages of development with the company hoping to have them on the market before the end of 2018. The company’s website explains that:
The Large Format Launcher has been in development for over 2-years eliminating design challenges and achieving the performance characteristics necessary for the wild land firefighter. A huge hurdle was acquiring a non-firearm designation from ATF on this AR-15 based launcher. Congressman Kevin McCarthy ultimately got involved and helped solidify this certification for Firequick. The new launcher enables the user to deliver higher fire power 250-300′; a distance similar to the smaller Firequick Launcher III.
The company also has a handier ‘CCW’ option, the revolver based Flare Systems Launcher III.