By: NBC4 Staff
Posted: Jun 15, 2019 / 07:34 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 15, 2019 / 10:53 PM EDT
MANSFIELD, OH (WCMH) — A Mansfield-based gun manufacturer is crowdsourcing the name of its new nine-millimeter pistol, and the internet has responded.
Beginning earlier this month, Hi-Point Firearms urged social media followers to submit names for its new pistol, and the Yeet Cannon (YC-9) came out on top with 556 entries, according to the manufacturer’s Instagram page.
According to dictionary.com, “Yeet is an exclamation of excitement, approval, surprise, or all-around energy, often as issued when doing a dance move or throwing something.”
Also among the entries are two pro-gun websites, welikeshooting.com and studentofthegun.com.
Among the 7,880 entries submitted to Hi-Point, the top submissions are:
YC-9: Yeet Cannon — 556 entries
WLS-9: We Like Shooting — 360 entries
PS-9: Problem Solver — 306 entries
SOTG: Student of the Gun — 121 entries
From June 18 through the 24th, Hi-Point will be accepting votes among those four choices, according to its website.
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Hi-Point Firearms seemed reluctant to name their 9mm handgun “Yeet Cannon”, allegedly for a misconceived option that the word “Yeet” was internet slang for something entirely too inappropriate for a marketing campaign. In the end, due to pressure from a variety of comments on their post (including a comment from Heckler & Koch), Hi-Point Firearms changed their tune to entertain this sensational name becoming a potential historic reality for the name of their new pistol.
Hi-Point Firearms responded on social media stating that on June 25th they will announce one final vote between the YC9 “YEET Cannon” name and one other winning name. The final voting period will extend from June 25th to July 15th. One might assume that YC9 will end up the winner for the name of the new pistol, hence the “Pitchforks and Torches” that pressured the company into bringing the viral submission into the final vote. We’ll find out on July 15th.