XM42

The world's first commercially available handheld flamethrower.

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8 Responses:

  1. Ben says:

    I'm a little confused by their tagline - are they implying there are a bunch of non-handheld flamethrowers available? Is there a vast supply of car-mounted flamethrowers I'm unaware of? Just me?

    • Ry Jones says:

      Ben, there are truck mounted flamethrowers used for starting forest fires. They're approximately as great as they sound. Here is a trailer-mounted version (page 40 in the PDF) that shoots a 50 foot flame.

    • J Nimmo says:

      Yeah took me a while to click to it too... but I think the point of distinction is that this is fully handheld, wheras your traditional man-portable flamethrower has a tank that you put on your back.

      Also, I'm not really aware of many new production flamethrowers where they pay much attention to safety. Even if you wear gloves there's a certain amount of danger involved in using your traditional flamethrower. It seems like there may be less risk of blowback with this one.

      • jwz says:

        The people I know who are interested in flamethrowers are not what I would call "safety oriented".

        • J Nimmo says:

          Not surprising- but this might open up flamethrower-ing to a whole new segment of the community.. people like me who discovered at age 12 that while setting petrol on fire seemed fun, it could also be quite scary if you set things on fire with it next to your house. Pussies, basically.

    • Harbor Freight has propane flamethrowers for $20–$50. Since they hook up to a separate tank, they don't qualify as "handheld", even if you get a small 1lb propane tank. A flames are, disappointingly, under a meter long.

  2. Pedro says:

    This is great, now I can finally start my own Rammstein cover band. Just need to figure out how to mount one on my face

  3. bob says:

    I've just disposed of my snow shovel.

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