Saturday, April 27, 2019

Feeling the burn

For the boy who wants the ultimate destructive toy, I daresay this comes close.

There's a more in-depth video discussion of this flamethrower here, including the laws and regulations governing their ownership and use (there aren't many of them).

There is a practical application for flamethrowers, of course, in setting fire lines for back-burns, etc.:  but they tend to be lower-pressure, shorter-range units.  This beast is designed to dump its cargo at maximum range and velocity, as quickly as possible.  It appears to have much the same range and burn duration as the US World War II M2 flamethrower.

Despite an extensive history of military flamethrower usage, I wouldn't recommend using it for defensive purposes . . . just imagine what a prosecutor could charge you with if you incinerate your attackers!



Chris Nelson said...

Makes for a great terror weapon. Not much other practical use.

Aesop said...

Mongo want. If only for pandemic sanitation patrol.

Anyone who thinks there's "no practical use" for this hasn't watched jungle or urban combat film footage from WWII, or the Normandy beach assault opening from Saving Private Ryan.

"Some person said to himself 'Gee I'd sure would like to set those people on fire over there, but I'm way too far away to get the job done. If only I had something that would throw flame on them...'" - George Carlin

And let's get serious: unless someone is drunk, or a fool, all weapons are terror weapons.
No one gets attacked by a weapon, and stays in their Zen Happy Place.

Tom in NC said...

another practical use is for clearing out a field full of prickly pear cacti - or cholla even more so!!

Philip Sells said...


emily61 said...

Best ad I've ever seen! What was the music?

JNorth said...

They work rather well for crowd control. 1 Flame thrower > 1 Riot.