Elon Musk's Boring Company Delivers First 1,000 Flamethrowers

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
Photo from the California Pick Up Party (Twitter/@elonmusk)

Back in February we reported on Elon Musk’s The Boring Company launching a flamethrower. Well Musk’s flamethrowers are beginning to make it into the wild. The first 1,000 ‘Not A Flamethrower’ flamethrowers were handed over to customers this week. A series of ‘Pickup Parties’ have been planned with one of the first taking place at Space X’s headquarters in California.

The sale of the $500 ‘flamethrowers’ came after following a tweet from Musk that his tunnel boring company, The Boring Company, would sell a flamethrower if the company sold 50,000 Boring Company hats – which of course they did. The company sold 20,000 flamethrowers in just 4 days.

The party allowed people who had ordered their ‘Not A Flamethrower’ flamethrowers back in February to collect their toys, the party included everything from marshmallows to a Mariachi band. By all accounts the pickup event was well organised with hundreds in attendance.

Sean over on the Really Great Gear youtube channel shared a video of the Pickup Party where he collected his ‘Not A Flamethrower’:

Orderly queues were formed and people were allowed into a collection area where they could toast marshmallows, eat churros and listen to a mariachi band before getting to pose with one of the company’s flamethrowers. After that proud owners could pick up their flamethrowers as they left.

Musk himself didn’t attend the party on 9 June, but did post some photos of he event on his twitter page:

Sean at Really Great Gear also shared his unboxing of the flamethrower showing off what comes in the box, including a manual, lots of foam and a propane tank.

20,000 people pre-ordered the flamethrowers when they launched and similar pickup parties are said to be happening elsewhere while those unable to attend will receive their flamethrowers through the mail, sometime this summer.

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Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

Managing Editor: TheFirearmBlog.com & Overt Defense.com. Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. Matt is also runs The Armourer's Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms. Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news. Reach Matt at: matt@thefirearmblog.com

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  • Capn Jack Capn Jack on Jun 19, 2018

    Personally, I like my "A-Salt" rifle for a little less than lethal, except for insects, fun.

  • Svigor Svigor on Jun 22, 2018

    They look like the candy-assed "pure gas" flamethrowers that Hollywood uses 99% of the time, because they don't have the nads to use liquid/napalm/whateveryoucallit flame throwers. You can tell the latter by their long throw; the former just dissipate upwards after a few feet, while the latter go the distance, arc downward, and leave joyous wreathes of flame on everything. You can actually see both in use in Aliens; Ripley's stunt-double uses the real deal in the long shots in the queen's nest, while most of the rest of the shots are the cheesy type.