GY6 Reviews the XM42 Civilian-Legal Flamethrower (Full review)

Sometimes a product and reviewer go well together. Considering the utter fun that GY6 has, the XM42 flamethrower and him are an ideal match. Capable of popping balloons with gusto, the XM42 is put through its paces including flame duration and its maximum flame-capable distance.

I’m confident that a written review of the flamethrower would be difficult (even for my verbose style). As such, his access and high-speed video is capable of doing the system justice.

The gold line: “It doesn’t matter what you shoot at, you can shoot anything with it and it will be entertaining.”

Steve says: I posted the review preview earlier this week, this is the full review.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Andrew

    I was wondering what Shia LaBeouf was up to these days.

    • Nathan Means

      Bringing fire to the night, is Shia Labeouf,
      he brought propne to the fight, its Shia Labeouf
      The flame magnifies his shadooooowssss
      Flamethrower weilding cannibal its Shia LaBeouf

      • I don’t know what this is, but I laughed so hard.

        • Stan Darsh

          It’s a take on this:

    • Giolli Joker

      Actually he rides in MotoGP under the fake name Jorge Lorenzo…

    • Zebra Dun

      Shia did a war movie recently he pulled one of his own teeth just to show himself how rough and tough war is.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “It doesn’t matter what you shoot at, you can shoot anything with it and it will be entertaining.”
    – Lee Harvey Oswald

    • Brett

      I thought that was Chesty Puller.

      • Zebra Dun

        No he said we are surrounded men, shoot in every direction outboard.

  • Martin M

    It would have been much more entertaining if those balloons were filled with HYDROGEN!

  • Don Ward

    I can’t wait for the ensuing fail videos.

  • Cal S.

    But can I elk hunt with it?

    • Tothe

      Kill it, dress it, and make jerky all at once.

      • Cal S.

        It’s like putting Fire Aspect on a sword in Minecraft…

  • Jeff Heeszel

    I get into enough trouble with my can of WD40 and a bic lighter.

  • noob

    propane pilot light, and propane accessories.

  • nuffsaid

    I’m waiting for a good IWB holster before I add it to my EDC kit.

  • jim

    I can see using that for home defense

    • Zebra Dun

      Never saw an acute wisteria invasion have you…The horror, the horror!

  • gunsandrockets

    Good review. Sounds like this is the beta model though. When the company debugs it, I would like to buy one.

    Interesting design using off the shelf elements. Essentially this is an electric airsoft gun that shoots gasoline instead pellets. Very clever. Good enough for entertainment.

    Is there any possible practical use? Hmm. It’s short ranged but has a long burn time and precise accuracy. Certainly good for destroying hives and clearing brush. Perhaps for outdoor crowd control it could be useful deterring a hostile mob? I can’t see anyone willing to charge into flame.

  • Bowserb

    This looks like a solution to peeping-tom drones. You can take out the drone without risk to anyone else from falling projectiles.

    • Phil Hsueh

      That would only work in wet/green areas. You do that in some parts of SoCal and you’re likely to burn your entire neighborhood down from the flaming wreckage hitting tinder dry grass and weeds.

  • Zebra Dun

    Flame throwers always means somebody gets burned, usually the operator by accident.
    It’s all fun until someone drops their wienie into the fire.

  • Ken

    Feinstein’s head just exploded.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    The XM42 will be illegal as soon as Carolyn McCarthy & Co. succeed in banning the Shoulder Thing That Goes Up.

  • … could use that in my back yard, to start my Weber