Dual Wielding Flamethrowers

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My friend Andrew at GY6vids got his hands on two XM42 Flamethrowers….

The XM42 project received $157,485 in funding from IndiGoGo backers in April and is now on sale for $899. It runs off regular gasoline in an unpressurized tank. An battery powered electric fuel pump sprays it out the gas which is ignited by a butane pilot torch.

A youtuber, JJCC, wrote this comment on the video …

(·3·) Perfect for removing bushes, small trees, and annoying people who ask you why their fence is on flames

The only thing missing from the XM42 is the ability to mount if under an AR-15.

 



Steve Johnson

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  • Ben Loong

    Just the thing for fighting off wendigos.

  • PK

    Why is the category marked on this article NFA/suppressors/class 3? “Other gear and gadgets” I can understand, but not NFA as not only are these not controlled as title 2 items, they’re not even firearms. They’re flamethrowers, which aren’t regulated except in… Maryland, I believe it is. They’re tools. Fun tools, but tools.

    • iksnilol

      How is it that a flamethrower isn’t a firearm? I thought flame was a synonym for fire?

      Smh*

      • PK

        I’ve always found it funny, but yes, under US law, a flame thrower, despite being something that throws fire from something held in the arms, isn’t considered a firearm!

        • MR

          They’ll claim it falls under the “tobacco” jurisdiction of ATF, because you can light your cigarette with it… if you’re careful.

    • gunsandrockets

      Banned in Commiefornia.

      • Phil Hsueh

        I can very well appreciate why this is banned in CA given how tinder dry CA can get and currently is. Given how easy it is to start a massive forest fire out here I can only imagine what a flamethrower could do. Then again, burning down the entire state and starting over from scratch might just be the solution to the problem that CA has become.

        • MR

          In that case, cigarettes (and weed) should be totally outlawed in Ca.

          • Phil Hsueh

            They’re getting to the point of effectively banning cigarettes and I believe it’s already illegal to toss your butts out the window of your car. My point still stands, given how easy it is already to accidentally start a wildfire in CA do we really need something that would make it a whole lot easier? As it stands, a lot of outdoor ranges out here don’t allow steel core or bi-metal rounds for fear of sparks starting a fire.

    • MrEllis

      How is this a tool? No, bad logic, bad.

      • Bill

        Setting backfires in fighting wildfires
        Burning pastures for reseeding
        Clearing brush
        Thawing frozen pipes – really big, really frozen pipes

        • MrEllis

          Those tools exist and they are nothing like this. Cool factor isn’t always useful factor.

          • MR

            Existing tools lack range. This is for doing all those things- from twenty five feet away.

          • MrEllis

            Yeah, this is why hammers should have longer handles…

          • Cymond

            Is 37 inches long enough?

          • MR

            “Kneel before Zod!”

          • MrEllis

            Nope, 25 feet.

        • CupAJoe

          This looks like my new favorite bonfire ignition device.

  • Griz

    Not regulated but the mayor of Warren Michigan has his pantys in a bunch to ban these except police use. WTF do police need these but average joe doesn’t?. In the history of Michigan- ZERO crimes have been committed with flame throwers, but even so arson is illegal, assault is illegal, and murder is illegal. But yeah too much fun for some people to handle.

    • Bill

      Police use? He doesn’t know how many fire have been set off using pyrotechnic chemical agents – see the MOVE incident in PA, or the example of the killer cop in California a couple years ago, or the white supremacist who was turned into a crispy critter on Whidbey Island. And no doubt some of the “smoking the out” was done intentionally.

      The only use I’d have for it, besides singing the tangled matted, lice infested dreds off hippies, is burning marijuana patches that I’m too lazy to pull up, but it’s going to be legal anyway.

      • MrEllis

        You realize by burning the weed… you know what, never mind, knock yourself out, tiger.

        • Bill

          It’s the normal means of destroying it – sorry, in open air it isn’t concentrated enough, as a matter of fact it’s pretty skunky.

      • Tassiebush

        Just read up on MOVE and the incident on Whidbey island. Fascinating stuff!

    • MrEllis

      We’ll see what song you sing when here is a crime wave going down and it’s being spearheaded by ice golems. Then you’ll want The Man to have some.

      What does anyone need a flame thrower for?

      • USMC03Vet

        This is American. Having to prove a “need” isn’t a consideration.

        • MrEllis

          It’s America, not some anarchist collective. This logic suggests people should all be able to buy weaponized anthrax or the like. Rule of law suggests society sets the terms and conditions of living together. Although, I would like to see the first road-rage flame thrower use…

          • MR

            Ah, here it is…” …the right of the people to keep and bear shoulder fired light infantry arms, not to exceed fifty caliber, and having a sporting purpose…”.

      • Griz

        ReRead my post! I said why do police NEED this? Why do police in warren get a carve out? If you can drop the grand on this and you don’t shoot me, my family, my dog and don’t go around burning buildings that don’t belong to you, then have a blast.

        • MrEllis

          You are not good at jokes.

          Also, civic leaders always seem to exclude the police because they don’t even usually understand what they’re trying to get upset about. But just in case there may be a viable police use, bam they add that as a side-note. It’s a reflexive thing. Fairly common by now, no politician likes being pinned down for specifics but they love them some qualifiers.

    • USMC03Vet

      It’s amazing how quickly government is up in arms attempting to ban something because of emotional hysteria regarding nothing but hypothetical what ifs by losers that hate freedom. I live in Michigan and the way fellow Michiganders have been behaving regarding this is embarrassing. Apparently in Michigan anything you want to do any longer has to serve a greater public purpose and how dare you ever do anything someone else doesn’t agree with. That’s exactly how the politicians are treating it.

      Legal business offering a hot service for law abiding people and the government is quickly all over him trying to stop him because feelings of losers threatened by freedom.

  • Plumbiphilious

    Out of curiosity, could these things be used to destroy hornet nests? I’ve heard that’s done, and saw it done in the newest Sherlock Holmes movie, but I have also heard it’s dangerous and ineffective because the wasps will go nuts after their nest goes on fire and go after you.

    • iksnilol

      I wouldn’t recommend it.

      Hornets>Burning Hornets

      It’s like setting fire to zombies.

      • Bill

        It’s best for the ground-nesting types, which I invariably find by running over the nest with the mower, which causes them to become peevish and vengeful. Wait ’til after dark, when they’ve returned to the burrow, pour diesel down the hole, and plug hole with burning flare/fusee. Enjoy beverage of your choice while standing fire watch.

        Oh, and this is important: make certain that the burrow doesn’t have another exit that you don’t know about.

        Some of the sprays/Fuel-Air Incidiaries I’ve used messes up their ability to fly so you just get hundred of tiny spot grass fires, and a potentially burning barn.

        • Tassiebush

          I use turpentine or kero but found my success rate improved after I stopped lighting it which sucks because burning things is so much more fun.

    • Bear The Grizzly

      Hey I’m finally useful for something. My grandfather only uses fire to destroy wasp nests. Diesel fuel if they’re on the ground and WD-40 for anything up high. It messes them up pretty good, but be prepared to run away quickly and I don’t think he’s ever done it without getting stung. They don’t ever seem to come back though.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Sure and they’re great for also burning down whatever the nest is attached to.

      • Phil Hsueh

        I was going to say pretty much the same thing. Sure, you can burn down a hornet’s nest, so long as you don’t mind the risk of burning your house along with it.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          If the hornet is big enough to need a flamethrower to kill it then just move.

  • Major Tom

    Is it amusing I accidentally read this article as “Dual Welding Flamethrowers”?

    • iksnilol

      Double nozzle flamethrower? I like the way you think. Too bad you got lost in space, buddy.

  • Bill

    I think I did that at Burning Man, naked except for a layer of chrome spray paint. Not suggested, Joe had it wrong.

    Watch the indy flick “Bellflower” for the Best Use of Flamethrowers in a Hipster Drama. During filming they accidentally burned down power lines, blacking out a neighborhood.

  • Bill

    I kept mine when I was discharged from the Colonial Space Marines.

  • Don Ward

    Has anyone said the Ghostbusters quote yet?

    *Hurries to the comments section.*

    Nope.

    *Clears throat nervously*.

    “Don’t cross the streams”

    • iksnilol

      Glorious.

  • John

    AR-15?

    Try mounting it under a Weyland-Yutani M41A Pulse Rifle.

  • gunsandrockets

    I want!

    Now where’s my freaking pulse rifle?

  • MrEllis

    I don’t know what’s scarier, crowd sourced flame throwers or a bro with two of them. I’m pretty sure the FBI does this just to make lists of some sort…

    • MR

      They’re under a grand. Heck, they’re cheaper than most of the non-RIA 1911s I’ve seen. I’m conflicted, I want a flamethrower, but I don’t want to be on another FBI/ATF/Masonic Brotherhood list (having visited these websites, and owning a firearm or two, I’m sure I’m on a couple lists already). I don’t have any dogs to shoot, so that’s not a problem, though the neighbor’s yappy dog looks like it could absorb a round with little or no effect on yip volume. Might give it a couple months, see if they get through their current backorder list before they get shut down.

      • MrEllis

        You do realize by typing “FBI/ATF/Masonic Brotherhood list” you should probably be on some sort of list? As for shooting dogs… You know what, let’s get you some meds.

        • MR

          No, I won’t be shooting dogs, that’s what the ATF is famous for. You don’t approve of levity for the tin-foil hat crowd?

          • MR

            The levity is comparing the ATF and FBI to the Masonic Brotherhood.

        • Cymond

          SWAT, ATF, and other alphabet-soup agencies are well know for indiscriminately killing dogs during raids. Supposedly they even kill nonhostile dogs that are restrained.

          Warning: https://youtu.be/UGetW7ZP4oA

          • MrEllis

            And militant anti-government nuts are known for killing cops. What are we doing, trying to turn me anti-cop (not gonna happen) or just swerving way off topic to be Internet Right?

          • MR

            You’re the one who started down the path of cops making lists. I just continued down that path, based on known historical examples. Not anti-cop, a little bit anti-big brother, and somewhat irreverent. And not to beat a dead horse, but thanks to all this advertising and requests for my E-mail address, I can’t see what I’m typing.

          • Cymond

            I was addressing your statement “As for shooting dogs… You know what, let’s get you some meds.” You seemed to be in denial that cops shoot dogs. I never said anything about anti-government nuts.I don’t advocated killing cops, but I do object to cops killing dogs without cause.
            In retrospect, I now see that you probably thought “MR” wanted to shoot dogs.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Those things make me nervous.
    Are flame throwers in the U.S. Arsenal anymore?

    • MrEllis

      They have them for engineering purposes. But yeah, it’s not a good personal weapon.

  • MR

    Link to purchase an XM42? I’ll Google it, but I figured it’d be in the article.

  • HAIL HYDRA!

  • mosinman

    this is just the weapon for when i Mad Max my 72 Comet so i may ride the Interstate all shiny and chrome

  • Limousine Liberal

    I love the smell of napalm in the morning! Smells like…VICTORY!

  • Dragonheart

    How about some specs on the product? How long, how far, etc. We all know these exist as the made the news a long time ago.